The riots in Ferguson, Missouri have brought MSNBC’s race-baiting Al Sharpton to the scene, ready to inform on the police officer accused of fatally shooting a black unarmed 18-year-old man. Sharpton is pressing the police department to release the name of the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown during a scuffle after the officer asked Brown and another teen to get out of the street.
A crowd gathered around “Reverend” Sharpton as he made his way to Ferguson City Hall. Progressives Today reporter Adam Sharp hurled questions at Sharpton regarding his previously reported mob ties that led him to become an informant for the FBI.
Sharp: Reverend Sharpton, the term “Snitches Get Stitches” was spray painted on the burned out QuikTrip. Since you are a Federal snitch, sir, do you fear for your life?
Sharpton: I’m not a snitch. But today I want to tell the Feds about a cop that needs to go to jail.
Sharp: Are you in fear for you life being a Federal informant?
Sharpton: I want to inform on this policeman today.
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Sharpton was known to FBI agents as “CI-7”, short for criminal informant #7, in secret court filings. He aided the FBI in the successful targeting of powerful Mafia figures during the 1980’s. Sharpton denies working as a CI, instead claiming that he was voluntarily cooperating with the FBI to prompt investigations of drug dealing in minority communities. Yet, knowledgeable law enforcement agents say that Sharpton became an informant to avoid facing his own criminal charges.
Sharpton had been secretly recorded in meetings with an undercover FBI agent who was seeking to promote boxing matches. The undercover agent offered Sharpton a 10% finders fee to arrange the purchase of several kilos of pure cocaine. The FBI confronted Sharpton with the secret recordings and warned him that he could face federal criminal charges. The FBI then “flipped” the then-30-year-old Sharpton to help with the bureau’s boxing and music industry investigations.