Ferguson Mayor: I’m Concerned About Sharpton Making This a ‘Spectacle’

Al Sharpton arrived in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this week to speak on the tragic police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. But Ferguson Mayor James Knowles is concerned that Sharpton being there might end up turning the tragic situation into a “national spectacle.”

Knowles said on Newsmax TV’s The Steve Malzberg Show that there’s “a lot of concern among a lot of the African-American leaders here.”

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He elaborated:

“I have the concern that we will lose sight of this young man and the tragedy and become a national spectacle instead of focusing on this young man and the issues at hand. So sometimes star power’s not always a good thing.”

Sharpton spoke out earlier this week against rioting in the name of justice for Brown (and today he posed with Wiz Khalifa, so you can make up your own minds whether it’s already a spectacle).

Watch the video below, via Newsmax TV:

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