Al Sharpton has boarded a plane for St. Louis following rioting and looting that broke out in the city as mobs protested the death of Michael Brown. Brown is the 18-year-old African American male who was shot and killed by police.
Early Tuesday morning, Sharpton wrote on Twitter:
On the flight headed to St. Louis to meet w/ the parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18 year old killed by police. Must fight w/ dignity
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) August 12, 2014
Police in riot gear fired tear gas and bean bag rounds to quell crowds of protesters on Monday night, arresting at least five people.
Sharpton was quick to react to the tragedy after speaking with the family in the wake of the incident, vowing that his National Action Network would respond.
“I just spoke with Leslie McSpadden, the grandfather of Michael Brown. He has asked me to come to St. Louis in light of the police killing of his grandson to assist the family in achieving a fair investigation and justice,” he posted on his website. “I assured him that National Action Network will stand with the family, as we have done for families around the country and assist in any way that we can.”