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In MLK Day Speeches de Blasio, Sharpton Reach Out to NYPD

January 20, 2015  | 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Rev. Al Sharpton embraced yesterday after giving speeches that promised their commitment to social justice while respecting the NYPD as they vowed to mend fences between police and the community.

The two men were with a dozen elected officials who spoke to several hundred National Action Network members and supporters at Sharpton's House of Justice in Harlem, where they noted the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, Newsday reports.

"We are not anti-police. We respect the police who put their lives on the line for us," said Sharpton, whose organization hired five tour buses to bring supporters to Brooklyn to lay wreaths where slain officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot and killed Dec. 20 while sitting in their police cruiser.

In his speech, de Blasio echoed Sharpton's sentiments. "We are looking for mutual respect between police and community. Martin Luther King would want us to move forward toward unity."

The mayor also criticized antipolice protesters who have been marching across the city.

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Leonard Mather @ 1/20/2015 8:14 PM

Penny wise and pound foolish. Both Al and de Blasio are aware that prior actions by both of them were counterproductive, anti-police and rabble rousing. It has finally sunk in. Where else can they go? One place would be for de Blasio to leave the scene. He cannot be trusted; he s not consistent on the side of law, order and respect for authority. De Blasio's position should have been to reiterate, emphasize and expound that when a LEO gives and order, it is to be followed and respected. If that order was deemed unfair or inappropriate, THEN, AFTER COMPLYING WITH THE ORDER should the person file a complaint. De Blasio failed to do his job regarding this essential.

JReb @ 1/20/2015 10:41 PM

Sorry, Bill. You can't share a stage and hug All Sharp-tongue and "reach out" to NYPD (or cops in general) at the same time. There is a word for that...Google "Hypocracy"

kevCopAz @ 1/21/2015 3:46 PM

Too little, way too late! De Blasio needs to resign (can't trust hiom) and for sure Al Sharpton can't be trusted, look at the lies in the past "victims" he used to gain the anti-white cash that made him rich. Need I say Tawanna Browley (sp?).

They can both go piss off! Hang in there NYPD, respect is earned and not given, NYPD has erred it, those two have not. Give them what they gave you, the cold shoulder and the boot.


rede2hike @ 1/22/2015 9:30 AM

Sharpton is nothing but a self centered windbag who cares about nothing but himself and stirring the pot whenever it serves to keep him in the limelight. Where was he, whining about justice for the victims during the Washington DC sniper incidents?
Deblabla, is another. Spewing BS before all the facts are known. Politicians are all idiots & the American voters need to start imposing voter term limits on all of them.
Thin blue line, stay safe, don't take chances & watch over each other.

Good Cop @ 3/5/2015 10:03 AM

To oppose police brutality is not to oppose police. No one with a brain stands against police when they do the dangerous and often-dirty job of safeguarding life and property. But no one with a conscience should stand for them when they assault or kill some unarmed, unthreatening somebody under color of authority.

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