On Thursday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, so-called race activist and MSNBC host Al Sharpton reacted to the shooting in Ferguson, MO of two police officers early on Thursday morning outside of the city’s police headquarters by downplaying its association to the ongoing protests surrounding the city’s embattled government.
“[Y]ou know, just hours before the attorney for the family of Michael Brown, Benjamin Crump, was on ‘PoliticsNation’ with me in Chicago,” Sharpton said. “And we were saying how the protests helped to lead to a climate where the Justice Department would come in in the first place. There wouldn’t have been an investigation. And we were commending a lot of those who had continued those protests, nonviolently. And then this happens. Now, we don’t know whether — we will find out later. Let’s be real clear. We’re not saying the protesters did anything with the shooting or not. We don’t know. But absolutely, unequivocally, no one I know involved in the protests or the Brown family would condone shooting at police, shooting police, and hopefully these two policemen … or any other violence.”
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