Rev Al Sharpton says defunding the NYPD is something a ‘latte Liberal’ in the Hamptons might support but people on the ground need ‘proper policing’ amid wave of shootings

  • Rev Al Sharpton has pushed back at recent calls to defund the NYPD and other police departments across the country 
  • He told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that proper policing was needed on the ground
  • Sharpton said calls to defund the police was something a ‘latte liberal’ in the Hamptons would opt for
  • Addressing the rising crime rates in NYC, Sharpton said the city was ‘certainly feeling more violent, feeling more unsafe’ 
  • The NYPD has reported that shootings were up 166 percent in August compared to the same time last year
  • The city saw a spike in shootings over Labor Day Weekend, including a six-year-old boy at a Caribbean festival in Brooklyn  

Civil rights activist Rev Al Sharpton says defunding the New York Police Department is something a ‘latte Liberal’ in the Hamptons might support but that proper policing on the ground is necessary. 

Sharpton made the comments during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday amid a wave of rising crime in New York City and a gun violence filled Labor Day weekend. 

He pushed back at recent calls to defund the NYPD and other police departments across the country, saying that policing needed to be re-imagined instead. 

‘To take all policing off is something I think a latte liberal may go for as they sit around the Hamptons discussing this as some academic problem,’ he said. 

Al Sharpton made the comments during an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday amid a wave of rising crime in New York City and a gun violence filled Labor Day weekend

Al Sharpton made the comments during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday amid a wave of rising crime in New York City and a gun violence filled Labor Day weekend

‘People living on the ground need proper policing. 

‘Yes, we need more resources in different areas like mental health but we do not need our grandmothers (to be) prey to those that are being the users of products of the big gun manufacturers in this country.’ 

Sharpton also addressed the rising crime rates in his native NYC.

The NYPD has reported that shootings were up 166 percent in August compared to the same time last year. 

‘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,’ Sharpton said. 

‘I got a lot of attention when I did the eulogy for George Floyd’s funeral, but I also, a month later, preached (at) a one-year-old kid’s funeral in Brooklyn who was killed by a stray bullet,’ Sharpton said. 

‘Six people were shot over Labor Day weekend at a festival 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.’

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