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Sharpton Calls for Federal Police Laws After South Carolina Shooting

April 08, 2015  | 

Rev. Al Sharpton called for national policing legislation akin to the Civil Rights Act Wednesday at the kickoff his National Action Network’s annual convention, just after the arrest of a white South Carolina police officer for murder in the shooting of an unarmed black man.

“There must be national policy and national law on policing,” Mr. Sharpton said. “We can’t go from state to state, we’ve got to have national law to protect people against these continued questions.”

The convention kickoff came just hours after it was announced that a North Charleston, S.C., police officer would be charged with murder in the death of Walter Scott—who can be seen in a widely publicized video running away from the officer, while the officer shoots into the man’s back repeatedly. The video offers a markedly different story than the one the officer first offered up: that Scott had stolen his taser and left him in fear for his life.

Mr. Sharpton praised the city’s mayor and police chief for bringing the charges, but said the nation couldn’t rely on the judgement of local officials, the New York Observer reports.

“We commend them, but we cannot have a justice system that hopes we have a mayor in the right city or a police chief,” he said. “We have to have one policy that is national.”

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Jon Retired LEO @ 4/9/2015 4:44 PM

I wondered how long it was going to take Sharpton to come up out of his den of snakes to strike again.

HRPufnstuf @ 4/9/2015 4:48 PM

We have "one policy that is national," Al. It's called the Constitution. Specifically, the 4th Amendment. No go somewhere else to practice your shakedown routine.

TX Lawman @ 4/9/2015 6:15 PM

We need to have a National Law against FAKE MINISTERS (Al Sharpton) that are really Racist Criminals that start riots everywhere they walk. We have laws that take care of bad cops. They work. A good cop doesn't want a bad cop around anymore than any citizen does. You will be facing the Lord one day Al, just remember that. Have mercy on your soul. Hell is a horrid place.

Morning Eagle @ 4/9/2015 6:25 PM

No matter which way this case turns out, national one size fits-all "policies" are not the right answer. Why does anyone with a lick of sense even listen to sharpton in the first place? And in the second place why isn't the IRS going after him for the reported 4.1 million he owes in back taxes? I guess having a buddy in the white house can be quite helpful.

tom @ 4/10/2015 5:50 AM

Are you kidding me ? What else do you want Al, the guy is in jail and charged with murder. So do you want to use this incident to create the potential for more civil unrest in that area ? What we all should do is see how the system works and what the ultimum outcome is. Al Sharpton always complaints about most anything and demands all sorts of things, but I never hear him offer any type of solution. Trying to place the Federal Government in charge of every local criminal justice matter, is not a solution. Rather it is a joke of a statement. How many million federal agents would it take to replace all state, county and local police ? Really ?

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