*Sunday, during a press conference, at the National Action Network headquarters in Harlem, Al Sharpton said he is under ‘intense’ threat. The civil rights worker played a voice mail recording of a warning which accused him of the recent killings of two NYPD officers. The caller spewed a racial epithet.
“Hey N—- stop killing innocent people, I’m going to get you,” the recording said, according to Sharpton.
Meanwhile, just after the execution style shooting deaths of two police officers Saturday, NYPD Union Chief Pat Lynch spoke at an earlier press conference in Bedford-Stuyvesant. He told reporters that Gotham Mayor, Bill de Blasio had “Blood on his hands” for helping to inspire an anti police sentiment.
Lynch also told reporters that the ‘blood on the hands’ starts with the mayor and includes people who provoked violence on the streets. He also said that the Eric Garner and Michael Brown protest were a ‘guise’ and that the protesters tore down NYPD officers.
“We tried to warn it must not go on, it cannot be tolerated…Those who allowed this to happen will be held accountable,” Lynch said.
Back in Harlem, Sharpton said in response,“the blame game will only lead to further venom and division.” We don’t need that, he said.
Police union officials claim the proposed climate against cops is what inspired gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s actions.
On the same day of the shootings, the long time criminal, Brinsley forewarned of his actions on Instagram. He said he wanted to have notoriety for “doing something right.”
Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr accompanied Sharpton at the Harlem press conference denouncing the killings. Sharpton called them despicable acts and called out for peace.
“Anyone who is standing with us, we want you to not use Eric Garner’s name for violence because we are not about that,” Carr said.
Sharpton told reporters that he began receiving threatening phone calls Saturday night.
“We are now under intense threat from those who are misguided by those who are trying to blame everyone from civil rights leaders to the mayor rather than deal with an ugly spirit that all of us need to fight,” Sharpton said.
So far, there is only implication that the voice mail threats against Sharpton have anything to do with Lynch’s statement.
Reports say that investigators found a video on Brinsley’s cell phone that he recorded while watching a protest in Union Square Park on Dec. 1.