Not the Onion: Al Sharpton Denounces “Cheap Demagogues” Exploiting Execution of Cops

Obama advisor and MSNBC host The Rev. Al Sharpton held a Christmas meal at his National Action Network headquarters in New York City Thursday that was attended by the family of Eric Garner. Garner was a Black man and petty criminal who died resisting arrest last July in Staten Island.

Sharpton reportedly denounced “cheap demagogues who are trying to score cheap points off the deaths of these policemen.”” He also ludicrously claimed the protests of the recent deaths of Black criminals while resisting arrest are not anti-police or a “kill police movement.”

Two New York City policemen were killed last Saturday by a Black man who claimed he would put “put wings on pigs” as revenge for the deaths of Garner and Michael Brown. Brown was a young Black man killed by a white police officer while resisting arrest for a strong armed robbery in Ferguson, Missouri last August.

DNAInfo reporter Danielle Tcholakian live-tweeted the event including photos of the Garner family serving the Christmas meal alongside Sharpton.

Before eating Sharpton gave brief remarks:

“This will be the first year that the family of #EricGarner & the family of #MikeBrown will not have their loved ones with them,” Rev. says.

“”This is not and never has been and never will be an anti-police movement, or a kill police movement,” @TheRevAl says. Defending protests.”

“Sharpton is shouting down “cheap demagogues who are trying to score cheap points off the deaths of these policemen.””

The day after Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were executed Sharpton held a press conference to tell the media that he too was a victim, claiming he was receiving death threats for helping to create the anti-police atmosphere that led to the killings. Sharpton then attacked the police:

“This is a pursuit of justice to make the system work fairly for everyone,” Sharpton told reporters gathered at the Harlem headquarters of the National Action Network. “This is not about taking things into our own hands. That doesn’t solve the problem of police misconduct.”

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