Rev. Al Sharpton calls for peace and reveals he’s receive

BY NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, December 21, 2014, 12:55 PM
Reverend Al Sharpton plays voicemail threat at a press conference in Harlem Sunday morning.
MICHAEL SCHWARTZ /FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWSReverend Al Sharpton plays voicemail threat at a press conference in Harlem Sunday morning.

The Rev. Al Sharpton called for peace Sunday — and revealed he has received death threats from people blaming him and Mayor de Blasio for the killing of two police officers.

“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.”

Sharpton also played a voicemail threat left on his cell phone.

“Hey, n—–, stop killing innocent people, I’m going to get you!” the voicemail said.

A police officer lays flowers at a makeshift memorial at the scene were two police officers were shot dead in Brooklyn.
STEPHANIE KEITH/REUTERSA police officer lays flowers at a makeshift memorial at the scene were two police officers were shot dead in Brooklyn.

Sharpton reported the threat to the FBI.

“We are now under intense threat by those who are misguided and those who are trying to blame everyone from civil rights leaders to the mayor,” he said.

Sharpton was flanked by Eric Garner’s widow and mother, who both condemned the shooting death of two NYPD cops Saturday afternoon.

Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the shooter, bragged about wanting to kill cops on Instagram hours before he ambushed the officers, Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32, as they sat in their marked patrol car parked on Tompkins Ave. near Myrtle Ave.

Police offier Rafael Ramos (left) and Police officer Wenjian Liu.
Police offier Rafael Ramos (left) and Police officer Wenjian Liu.

An Instagram post on his account before the shooting included three hashtags: ShootThePolice, RIPErivGarner (sic) and RIP MikeBrown.

Garner’s family condemned the use of his name in the attack.

“We are for peace and anyone who’s standing with us, we want you to not use Eric Garner’s name for violence because we are not about that,” Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, told reporters.

Garner’s widow echoed that plea.

“Please protest in a nonviolent way,” Esaw Garner said. “My husband was not a violent man so we don’t want violence attached to his name.”

This article originally appeared in The New York Daily News

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Author: sabrinacaserta

Sabrina Caserta, born and bred in Bronx, New York, is a freelance reporter whose work has appeared in the New York Daily News and Street Sense- a homeless-run street paper located in the District. As a member of Roger Williams University’s class of 2016, Sabrina studied Journalism and Political Science. This fueled her passion for social justice reporting, including issues of homelessness, institutionalized racism, poverty, education and the environment. She also served as the Project Director of the nation-brand initiative, The Re:Imagine Jamaica Project, and as a Resident Assistant for three years. As an avid reader, health enthusiast and travel addict, Sabrina enjoys yoga, cooking and writing in her spare time. She aspires to one day be an investigative journalist and travel the world. Twitter: @sabrinacaserta Email: sabcaserta AT gmail DOT com

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