Sharpton Plans March At All-Star Game

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: June 10, 2008

NEW YORK — Rev. Al Sharpton is attempting to make good on promises that he would “shut New York City down” to protest the acquittals of three NYPD detectives in the 50-shot barrage that killed Sean Bell on his wedding day.

This past Sunday, the civil rights activist threatened to disrupt baseball’s historic All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium on July 15 unless the state passes new laws to curb police misconduct.

“It’s the time the whole world will be looking at New York,” said Sharpton. “It would be very dramatic.”

He would not elaborate on the nature of the planned protests at the All Star Game, which is being held at the Bronx venue to mark its final season.

The package of new laws would reform the Civilian Complaint Review Board, require drug testing when cops fire their guns and ban arrest quotas, according to a 28-page report.

Sharpton insisted that he is not against the police and the new laws are designed to support law enforcement.”I believe this is a pro-police legislative package,” he said.

“It will remove a cloud of suspicion for the majority of police that are not engaged in misconduct and not engaged in brutality.”Sharpton noted that Bell was a budding baseball star before he died on his wedding day in a hail of 50 police bullets.

“Sean Bell may have been an All Star if he hadn’t been killed,” he said.

Last month, Sharpton led citywide protests that clogged bridges and tunnels during rush hour.