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Left-wing activist Al Sharpton had a “message” for social justice demonstrators who have been protesting after a Kentucky grand jury’s decision on the case of Breonna Taylor.
The MSNBC host urged activists to “continue protesting” during an interview Thursday with anchor Hallie Jackson, but as downtown Louisville descended into a second night of protests, sometimes turning violent, Sharpton suggested that people keep the demonstrations “nonviolent.”
“My message to the protesters, and many of them I worked with, is to continue protesting but keep it nonviolent,” Sharpton responded when Jackson asked for his message to those demonstrating in Louisville, where two officers were shot during riots Wednesday after the announcement on the Taylor case.
“You do not want to become like the people we’re fighting,” Sharpton added.
“And also, turn your pain into power, vote,” he said, suggesting that activists hold a “voter movement” against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who represents the state of Kentucky, claiming that “that would send a message.”
“It won’t bring justice, it will send a message,” Sharpton said.
Last weekend, angry protesters had descended on McConnell’s home to complain about his decision to move forward with nominating and confirming a Supreme Court justice, filling the vacancy left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week.
Arrests made at Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky home after hostile protesters defy police https://t.co/BL5C2i2q55
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 20, 2020
Louisville protesters defied a curfew that went into effect at 9 p.m. Wednesday night, marching from a downtown park with many headed to a local church which offered a sanctuary. But along the way, some reportedly began to cause damage to area businesses and, at one point, allegedly broke the window of the Louisville Free Public Library near the church and tossed a flare inside.
Officers declared an unlawful assembly due to damages along the march route and eventually encircled the First Unitarian Church, making several arrests including Democratic State Rep. Attica Scott, her daughter and Shameka Parrrish-Wright, the co-chair of the Kentucky Alliance against Racist and Political Repression.
Livestream videos reported that rioters, who had gathered at the church, allegedly threatened “white motherf—rs” to leave the area or they would be assaulted.
Louisville church opens as sanctuary for protesters, furious threats for white people to leave reportedly emerge https://t.co/gwDOclUirc
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 25, 2020
Nearly 100 arrests were made as protests were set off in Louisville, with charges ranging from the damaging of businesses, to refusing to disperse after curfew and unlawful assembly.
Sharpton’s attempt to get protester to dial down the violence comes as Democrats have been reaping what they’ve sown in a number of recent polls.
A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that anti-police protests are disapproved of by 44% of Americans, a drop from June when 54% approved.
We had 47 separate protests last night most devolving into violence and vandalism. We’ve had $2+ billion in insurable damage so far. Yet a recent Sept. poll shows 70% of Democrats approve of these riots while 75% of Republicans disapprove. https://t.co/gYV8i8n0UQ
— Roland Baker (@RolandBakerIII) September 25, 2020
“Just 35% of white Americans approve of the protests now, while 50% disapprove. In June, 53% approved, while 34% disapproved,” the AP reported. “Among Latinos, 31% approve, compared with 44% in June; 63% of Black Americans support the protests, down from 81%, with more now saying they neither approve nor disapprove.”
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