As if the situation in Baltimore needed more fuel on the fire, here comes Al Sharpton.
The perennial agitator announced Monday that he will be heading to the city to set up a march from Baltimore to Washington and to get Loretta Lynch, who was sworn in as U.S. Attorney General Monday, involved in the case of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man whose death in police custody set off the rioting that continued Monday.
More likely he couldn’t stand to see all the cameras in the riot-ravaged city without his face being in front of them.
“I have been asked by many in the Baltimore area since Day One to get involved in the justice for Freddie Gray movement,” Sharpton said in a statement. “Though I have discussed it on my daily radio and TV shows and been in touch with our [National Action Network] Baltimore chapter, I resisted personal involvement until we saw what the promised May 1 investigation report would bring.
“I am saddened and disappointed that there now may not be a report released on May 1. It is concerning to me that a deadline that the police themselves had set and announced they have now conveniently changed. Therefore, I will come to Baltimore this week at the invitation of Rev. Westley West, who has led vigils daily there, along with local clergy, and morning radio show host Larry Young who has headed our Baltimore chapter of [National Action Network] for the last decade,” he added.
Sharpton said he intends to bring Gray’s case and others to newly sworn in attorney general Loretta Lynch.
“It is my intention to come and have a meeting with grassroots activists and faith leaders to schedule a two-day march in May from Baltimore to Washington. The march will bring the case of Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Eric Harris to the new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch,” he wrote. “Ms. Lynch, in her new role that we all supported, must look and intervene in these cases. Justice delayed is justice denied.”
Wherever Sharpton, goes chaos and unrest usually follow, so it’s hard to imagine how his presence in a city already under siege could bring any good.
But those cameras were irresistible.
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