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Sharpton Says Protests Will Continue Despite Ambush Murders of Officers

December 23, 2014  | 

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio implored protesters on Monday to wait until after the funerals of two policemen shot dead in an ambush before resuming rallies that have roiled the city and beyond over the deaths of black men during violent encounters with police.

But de Blasio's plea was quickly dismissed by several activist groups that vowed to continue protests that have stirred the city daily after grand juries chose not to indict police officers who killed Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

But the Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights activist representing the families of Garner and Brown, said de Blasio's call was too nebulous to heed.

"Is a vigil a protest? Is a rally?" Sharpton said in a telephone interview, calling de Blasio's comments "an ill-defined request."

Sharpton, who joined Garner's relatives over the weekend to denounce the slaying of the officers, said he would not change planned prayer vigils at the scene of Garner's death and elsewhere over the coming days to mark the family's first Christmas without him.

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db in AZ @ 12/23/2014 3:27 PM

Sharpton wonders why he gets death threats. He is asked to the whitehouse 80+ times and sent on a mission to stir up fear and hate of law enforcement, and at this time protesting on fith ave while blocking traffic, again putting others at risk.
He owes approx 5 million in taxes...when will he be arrested for tax evasion like Al Capone..???? I see no difference of these two criminals.!!!
Blues be SAFE....SUIT UP...Rough Road Ahead

kevCopAz @ 12/23/2014 3:40 PM

Sharpton says its a "ill-defined request", I know Al is stupid, but do we have to use monosyllable words for him to understand NO ANTI POLICE GATHERINGS for a few days out of respect? He is such a baffin and idiot! racist ass.

eodk9trainer @ 12/24/2014 4:02 AM

Sharpton needs to go jump from the closest bridge.

HRPufnstuf @ 12/24/2014 4:19 AM

I'm thinking of organizing "prayer vigils" across the country to pray that Al Sharpton will go away. Just GO AWAY!

Louie Marquez @ 12/24/2014 8:10 AM

Sharpton can start by dropping the Rev. title & the pres. needs to secure advisors besides Wright & Sharpton. God Bless my Brothers in Blue.

Retired NY Boss @ 12/24/2014 10:12 AM

I thought Al was your buddy Billie Boy.

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