Alveda King, niece of civil rights legend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said Thursday on Fox News that Rev. Al Sharpton‘s recent appearance in Ferguson, MO, has caused unrest in the city to “escalate.”
Many citizens in Ferguson are currently rioting and protesting following the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot dead by a police officer, despite Brown being unarmed.
“When Al Sharpton comes, sometimes I don’t know what his goal is but people continue to riot and things escalate,” King said on Fox and Friends. “And so I’m asking now– speak peace, Reverend Sharpton. Speak love. Speak justice. But you can have justice without violence.”
Likewise, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles has expressed concern that Sharpton would turn the situation into a “spectacle.”
For his part, Sharpton posted on Instagram shortly after his rally a photo of himself smiling with rapper Wiz Khalifa at the St. Louis airport.
[Image via Fox News/screen grab]
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