Al Sharpton reportedly embarrassed the New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, when he referred to the Mayor’s son “to make a political point” regarding the death of a man who died after being tackled and held by a police officer in a chokehold position.
Since the unexpected death of Eric Garner, much debate has surrounded the situation. Sharpton presented his thoughts on police violence at a public roundtable at City Hall last week.
“Given the data that we are seeing in terms of these broken window kind of operations, is disproportionate in the black and latino community,” Sharpton said. “If Dante wasn’t your son, he’d be a candidate for a chokehold.”
“If we’re going to just play spin games,” he continued, “I’ll be your worst enemy because I am tired of seeing people bury their kin.”
“You don’t need training if a man is saying 11 times, ‘I can’t breathe,’ and you still hold him in a grip knot,” Sharpton concluded. “You don’t need training. You need to have people that understand the law is what they protect and uphold.”
In response, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “Everyone feels a sense of pain over what happened to Eric Garner. It pains us to this hour, but Commissioner Bratton is right, we have to find in this tragedy something that will help us get better.”
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