By Duncan Smith
The ‘Rev.’ Al Sharpton never ceases to amaze us, though rarely in a good way.
The frequent critic of President Trump who used to like Trump when Trump was a billionaire real estate guy and a TV personality turned on him once he became a Republican president.
But he’s not completely off the deep end, either.
On some level, Sharpton really does care about black lives, and that was evident during an interview on the network where he has a show, MSNBC.
Asked Tuesday during a “Morning Joe” segment if he supported ‘defunding’ police departments, Sharpton was pragmatic.
Rev. Al Sharpton said Tuesday that the idea of defunding police might be something 'latte liberals' may support but communities who are living amidst surging violent crime 'need proper policing.'
Sharpton, a host on MSNBC, made the comments on the network's 'Morning Joe' where he was asked about crime in his native New York City. The city has seen a surge of violent crime amid the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic. In August, the city saw a 166 percent increase in shooting incidents across all boroughs except Staten Island compared to same month last year, with 242 incidents reported last month. Meanwhile, the number of murders rose by 47 percent compared to the same time last year, with 53 cases reported.
'We've always heard about the tale of two cities. On the side of the city that I come from, which is Blacker and poorer, we've seen more in terms of gun usage. I got a lot of attention when I did the eulogy for George Floyd's funeral, but I also, a month later, preached a 1-year-old kid's funeral in Brooklyn who was killed by a stray bullet,' Sharpton said.
Sharpton: Defunding the NYPD is "something a Latte Liberal may go for as they sit around the Hamptons discussing this as an academic problem. But people living on the ground need proper policing." pic.twitter.com/TkXnVgUBEq
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 8, 2020
'Six people were shot over Labor Day weekend at a festivity in Brooklyn, so I would say statistically we're not much higher than where we were, but on the ground it is certainly feeling more violent, feeling more unsafe in unsafe communities,' he added.
Sharpton then said that the idea 'to take policing off' is one that 'a latte liberal may go for as they sit around the Hamptons discussing this as some academic problem, but people living on the ground need proper policing.'
Yes reverend, they do. Because without law enforcement, there would be lawlessness and anarchy — and it would be colorblind, classless, and endangering to all Americans.
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