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Sharpton Calls for New Federal Policing Law in Response to SC Shooting

Al Sharpton spoke out earlier today about the tragic shooting death of Walter Scott at the hands of Officer Michael Slager. Sharpton spoke at the annual convention for his National Action Network and called for some national reform.

Sharpton said, “We know that the majority of police officers are fair and just public servants, but the events of the past year show we still have a long way to go to ensure every citizen in America is treated equally in the eyes of law enforcement.”

He called for a new “national law on policing” in order to “protect people against these continued questions.” Since Sharpton spoke, the mayor of North Charleston has said that cops will start wearing body cameras.

Here is Sharpton’s full statement:

Walter Scott’s death is a senseless tragedy and we commend the city of North Charleston for acting swiftly to deliver justice in this case. NAN’s South Carolina chapter leaders have been with the family since Saturday and our thoughts and prayers are with them and the entire community of North Charleston. I have spoken with the Scott’s family attorney, Chris Stewart, and plan to visit North Charleston very soon.

When a black man is stopped for a broken tail light and ends up being shot multiple times in the back, it is yet another reminder that we need a national strategy to implement real and meaningful police reform now. We simply can’t rely on citizens with video cameras to make sure justice is served. We know that the majority of police officers are fair and just public servants, but the events of the past year show we still have a long way to go to ensure every citizen in America is treated equally in the eyes of law enforcement. The time to act is now.

[h/t The Hill]
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