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Bernie Kerik: Sharpton Is an 'Opportunist'

By    |   Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 10:46 AM

Al Sharpton is an opportunist who will take advantage of the unrest that may spark from a grand jury’s decision about whether to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, who is white, in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen, former New York Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik said Thursday on "America’s Forum" on Newsmax TV.

Even before the grand jury made a finding, Sharpton has called for a federal prosecution of Wilson.

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"The grand jury is tainted. The confidence of the family has been shattered," Sharpton said during a visit to St. Louis last month. "We should turn this over to the federal government."

"I don't see any benefit to anyone to have him there," Kerik said. "This is between that community and the police. It's between that community and the government agencies there. The governor would be better off in dealing with it himself. I don't see what benefit Al Sharpton does in Ferguson with the exception to incite people and that is not what this country's about. There are laws that we have to abide by.

"If this is an actual civil rights issue, the Department of Justice is there. The Department of Justice is there, they have prosecutors looking at civil rights, possible civil rights violations. They'll handle it, I'm sure they'll handle it. They don't need Al Sharpton to tell them their job. So let the process take its course and keep the inciters out of there."

Kerik also pointed out that most of the protesters in Ferguson are not even from the area.

"The people of Ferguson want a safe and secure environment to live in," he said. "So it's going to be inherent on the police, the state and local authorities, to work with the communities and it's also going to be inherent on the police and the government agencies to keep these protesters, these people that don't belong there, keep them out of there the best way they can because they are the inciters.

"They are the people that's going to get rowdy and burn stuff down. They're basically saying they're going to burn down the city if they don't get what they want. This isn't about what they want. This is about justice. There's a process, let the process take its course, let the grand jury do its job, and whatever happens, happens. But because they don't get what they want, they don't have the right to destroy the city and burn the city down as they say they are going to do."

Kerik was unclear why Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard in advance of the grand jury’s decision, but acknowledged that Nixon may have information that has not been made public.

The National Guard is helpful when state and local resources are overwhelmed, he explained.

"It helps in the event that those resources are needed and when the state and local people cannot handle it on their own," he said.

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