Sharpton: Firing officer who shot Hill not enough

The family of Andre Hill gathered with Rev. Al Sharpton and Ohio lawmakers Tuesday to remember the life of Hill, who was shot by police as he emerged from a garage holding a cellphone in his left hand with his right hand obscured. He was visiting a family friend at the time. (Jan 5)

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REV. AL SHARPTON: To the mayor and all of the officials that-- I salute what was done in terms of firing this policeman. I salute it, but I'm not satisfied with it.

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The fact that they would answer a call and have the gadget off that supposedly record everything meant that, if we did anything wrong, it wouldn't be on tape. They'd have to go by our excuses.

George Floyd, they had an excuse. Breonna Taylor, they have an excuse. Ahmaud Arbery, an excuse. We're waiting any minute now for what they're going to come back with in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Because that policeman who shot a man in his back seven times, running away from him with no weapon, but he had an excuse.

It's time for Black folk, and white folk, and Latinos, and Asians to stop making excuses for these lives being taken by law enforcement. Our grandparents beat Jim Crow. They took us from the back of the bus. They took us from the outhouse to the White House.

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They took us to where a Barack Obama could be president. Now we've got to take this country to where an Andre Hill can walk down the street and not be killed by a policeman. No more excuses.

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