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Sharpton Calls for National Policing Law in Wake Of SC Shooting

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By    |   Thursday, 09 Apr 2015 02:17 PM

On the heels of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, the Rev. Al Sharpton issued a call for passage of a "national law on policing" and a "nationalized justice department" to deal with police tactics.

"There must be national policy and national law on policing. We intend to come out of this convention going from state to state, dealing with the need of having a nationalized justice department assigned to deal with how policing is appropriate," Sharpton told attendees at the opening day of his National Action Network's (NAN) annual convention, according to Capital New York.

Earlier in the day, Sharpton released a statement commending officials in North Charleston for "acting swiftly to deliver justice in this case," but said the shooting of Walter Scott served as "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," continued Sharpton.

The MSNBC host has joined other civil rights advocates in announcing an aggressive advocacy agenda ahead of the 2016 elections that will include rallies and press conferences aimed at pressuring Congress to enact reforms to the criminal justice reform, and to fight the growing number of religious freedom bills being introduced on the state level, reports The Washington Post.

"We are already in the season of people announcing their run for president. We can’t wait until 2016 to set the agenda. We need to set that now," Sharpton told the paper on Monday.

"What we care about as civil rights leaders is the advancement of justice policies and those are the policies that are going to be set in place, or undone, by the next president," he added.

Sharpton used a ribbon-cutting event to defend New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio with whom he has had a testy relationship in the past year.

"There has been much said about Mayor de Blasio and his relationship with NAN and me. Let me say there is no political or any kind of relationship based on power politics between Bill de Blasio and NAN or me," Sharpton said.

The mayor was equally generous in his remarks at the convention, saying that NAN "has been indispensable" and thanking Sharpton because "you had the audacity to believe you could build an organization of this importance, of this conscience."

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On the heels of the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, the Rev. Al Sharpton issued a call for passage of a "national law on policing" and a "nationalized justice department" to deal with police tactics.
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