Tuesday during Birmingham’s Talk 99.5 “Matt & Aunie Show,” co-host Matt Murphy sounded off on the city of Hoover’s response to protests at local businesses in the wake Thanksgiving night’s shooting at the Riverchase Galleria.
Murphy questioned what impact these protests are having on local businesses and why the city hasn’t taken a more active role in maintaining the peace and protecting private property.
The morning drive host was especially critical of Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato, who he suggested had been missing in action for some time as these events in his city have unfolded.
“You have some of these so-called advocates and activists saying ‘f— peace,’” he said. “They are pushing and pushing and pushing and pushing – and at some point the city of Hoover, you have got to arrest people. Are you going to continue to allow – and I’m not trying to come down on the city of Hoover here – I’m just wondering how long you allow this to go on before you stop it. Your businesses at the Galleria are suffering. They are shutting down businesses – local businesses, minority-owned businesses are suffering at the hands of these people. And at some point, if you’re not going to release the video – at some point, you have to shut this down because you are hurting your businesses in Hoover the way that you are responding to this.”
“I understand it is tough. And I understand it is frustrating, but I want to see some leadership out of Frank Brocato? Where has Mayor Frank Brocato been? As a matter of fact, where has he been since he made that statement last week? Has anybody seen him? … Do we not expect that he is going to get in front of this situation, and I don’t care if he doesn’t have anything to say. At least say something to the business owners. Say something to the Henley family, who owns the Mint Leafe in the Galleria, who is suffering because of this. You’re allowing a group of 25 or 30 people – you’re giving them what they want. They said they wanted to being down your city and you’re letting them do it.”