New York City
New York Observer:
Rev. Al Sharpton called for national policing legislation akin to the Civil Rights Act this morning at the kickoff his National Action Network’s annual convention, just after the arrest of a white South Carolina police officer for murder in the shooting of an unarmed black man.
“There must be national policy and national law on policing,” Mr. Sharpton said. “We can’t go from state to state, we’ve got to have national law to protect people against these continued questions.”
Mr. Sharpton’s comments, coming on the heels of multiple instances of police killings of unarmed men of color around the country, were met with applause from the crowd—and from the dais, which was packed with elected officials including Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congressman Charles Rangel, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, city Comptroller Scott Stringer and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
All these elected officials hanging around? This Sharpton fellow must be rather important, and definitely beyond reproach.
Sarcasm aside, if Al really wants justice in the North Charleston affair, he should shut up so that people don’t start feeling sympathetic toward the cops. Let’s not sully the fact finding process with his constant need for publicity and self-adulation.
If Sharpton wants to do something positive, he should push for Federal civil rights legislation construing the recording of cops in public to be implicit in the First Amendment.
The only way we knew about this case and how all the relevant cops lied on the paperwork was because someone was in the distance shooting video. The cops probably never knew that they were being recorded, otherwise they would have approached the person and “convinced” him or her to delete it, or otherwise send the person’s sail foam to sail foam heaven.