Al Sharpton: Only ‘Latte Liberals’ Think We Don’t Need ‘Proper Policing’
Democrat shifts away from far-left movement to 'defund the police'
Al Sharpton blasted the “Defund the Police” movement on Tuesday, describing the notion of eliminating law enforcement a “latte liberal” fantasy.
Sharpton, a Democrat, is the latest high-profile leftist to switch sides from calls to “Defund the Police."
Sharpton's remarks come after Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden refused to endorse the movement as he scrambles to distance himself from anti-police brutality protests, due to diminishing polls.
Sharpton appeared on MSNBC to comment on New York City’s exploding gun crime under Mayor Bill de Blasio's watch.
“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 a 1-year-old kid’s funeral in Brooklyn who was killed by a stray bullet,” Sharpton added.
“Six people were shot over Labor Day weekend at a festivity in Brooklyn,” Sharpton continued.
“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.”
The Democrat also blasted the idea of abolishing law enforcement, saying it was the brainchild of wealthy leftists.
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
“We need to re-imagine how we do policing,” Sharpton said.
“To take all policing off 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.”
Despite the “defund the police” movement being a core part of the Black Lives Matter's rallying cry, Sharpton has expressed opposition to dismantling police departments.
Sharpton has also been questioning who is behind the “Defund the Police” movement and whether they are in touch with minority communities; according to The Wall Street Journal.
WSJ reported in August:
“Mr. Sharpton charged that some people are trying to ‘hijack’ a movement intended to improve policing and redirect it toward the dangerous goal of removing police from the streets."
“On MSNBC he called out ‘those that have no identity with the communities, that don’t live in any of the danger’ but who are trying to ‘put us in harm’s way to fix some purist latte liberalism that they advocate.'”
Meanwhile, an overwhelming amount of black lawmakers are opposed to defunding the New York Police Department, according to The New York Times.
According to Gallup, just 19% of black Americans support abolishing law enforcement.