MSNBC’s Al Sharpton Calls For DOJ To Take Over Police Across America
Just when you think you’ve heard it all from the Rev. Al Sharpton, who combines his liberal activism with hosting the weekday PoliticsNation program afternoons on the MSNBC cable channel, he comes up with another absurd demand that leaves people of all races shaking their heads in disbelief.
His latest outrageous comment came on Thursday, when Sharpton met with Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore’s Democratic mayor, and other local officials to address the issues behind the riots and looting that took place after 25-year-old Freddie Gray died while in police custody for allegedly possessing a switchblade on April 12.
While being transported in a police van, Gray fell into a coma and was taken to a trauma center, where he died on April 9 due to injuries to his spinal cord. Twelve days later, six Baltimore police officers were temporarily suspended with pay while the investigation got underway.
That information led Sharpton to declare on Thursday:
We need the Justice Department to step in and take over policing in this country. In the 20th century, they had to fight states’ rights in — to get the right to vote. We’re going to have to fight states’ rights in terms of closing down police cases.
Police must be held accountable. I don’t think all police are bad. I don’t even think most are bad. But those that are need to be held accountable. More