NEW YORK (AP) - Hundreds of angry people marched through Harlem on Saturday after the Rev. Al Sharpton promised to "close this city down" to protest the acquittals of three police detectives in the 50-shot barrage that killed a groom on his wedding day and wounded two friends.
"We strategically know how to stop the city so people stand still and realize that you do not have the right to shoot down unarmed, innocent civilians," Sharpton told an overflow crowd of several hundred people at his National Action Network office in the historically black Manhattan neighborhood. "This city is going to deal with the blood of Sean Bell."
Sharpton was joined by the family of 23-year-old Sean Bell - a black man - and a friend of Bell who was wounded in the 2006 shooting outside a Queens strip club. Two of the three officers charged were also black.
The rally at Sharpton's office was followed by a 20-block march down Malcolm X Boulevard and then across 125th Street, Harlem's main business thoroughfare, where some bystanders yelled out "Kill the police!" (H/T - Drudge)
Kill the police? You see, this is the type of racial animosity that Fat Albert stirs up on an everyday basis. Unfortunately for Sharpton, when someone kills a police officer, the public is much worse off. Police officers provide a valuable public service. Of course, the "Reverend" Al provides no public service whatsoever, so one has to ask oneself: who is more "expendable?"
Editor's Note: Obviously, I do not condone anyone harming Al Sharpton, so save your hate mail.