Reverend Al Sharpton speaks about the impact of police brutality at the kickoff of his National Action Network's annual convention, and in the wake of another police shooting. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) In the wake of another police shooting, Reverend Al Sharpton spoke about the impact of police brutality at the kickoff of his National Action Network's annual convention in New York, Wednesday (April 9). "The human element I think we miss. The pain. The recovery. The commitment to get through this for them. So we wanted to have a session where you could hear from the victims and they could deal with lives that yes, the media, some --- I'm controversial to them --- but you're not shooting Al Sharpton, you shot her husband, you choked her son and her husband, you shot their son, so I think sometimes even those of us on this side forget we're talking about human beings," said Reverend Al Sharpton. Sharpton was joined by the family of Sean Bell, the wife of Eric Garner, the mother of Michael Brown and the mother of Tamir Rice -- all affected by recent police brutality. The convention comes a day after a white South Carolina police officer was charged with murder for shooting an apparently unarmed black man in the back as he fled. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey told reporters that police officer Michael Slager, 33, had been fired. Summey said the remainder of the police force in North Charleston will soon be equipped with body cameras. Slager was charged on Tuesday (April 8) with murder in the death of Scott, the latest among several police shootings of black men over the past year in cities including New York; Ferguson, Missouri; and Cleveland, Ohio. The incidents have stirred debate across the United States about police use of lethal force and race relations, also drawing President Barack Obama into the discussion.