Sharpton Ignores Call To Halt Protests Until After NYPD Funerals

"Is a vigil a protest?"

Al Sharpton will ignore New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's call to suspend protests until after the funerals of the two slain New York City police officers.

"Is a vigil a protest?" Sharpton asked during a telephone interview with Reuters. "Is a rally?" he added.

According to Reuters, Sharpton called de Blasio's plea "an ill-defined request." Sharpton indicated that he is going ahead with planned prayer vigils at the scene of Eric Garner's death and other scheduled events with the Garner family.

Joining Sharpton in criticizing the mayor's request is war and racism activist group Answer Coalition. As reported, they said suspending protests would be "outrageous" and would put a "chill" on free expression.

On Monday, de Blasio encouraged his city to hold off any protests until after the funerals of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu who were killed execution-style in their patrol car by a black man avenging the death's of Garner and Michael Brown:

It's a time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things we will talk about in due time.


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