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Sharpton’s Statement: Killing Cops ‘Reprehensible and Against the Pursuit of Justice’

Reverend Al Sharpton put out a statement today on the shooting of two NYPD officers, calling the deaths “reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases.”

Here’s Sharpton’s full statement:

I have spoken to the Garner family and we are outraged by the early reports of the police killed in Brooklyn today. Any use of the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, in connection with any violence or killing of police, is reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases.

We have stressed at every rally and march that anyone engaged in any violence is an enemy to the pursuit of justice for Eric Garner and Michael Brown. We have been criticized at National Action Network for not allowing rhetoric or chanting of violence and would abruptly denounce it at all of our gatherings. The Garner family and I have always stressed that we do not believe that all police are bad, in fact we have stressed that most police are not bad.

We plan to hold a press conference in the morning to express our outraged and our condolences to the families and the police department. Details to follow.

Sharpton also sent out this tweet:

It should be noted that the motivations of this individual have so far not been clearly explained.

[h/t Wesley Lowery]
[image via screengrab]

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