Dispatch from Sun reporter Yvonne Wenger on Al Sharpton's meeting with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
The Rev. Al Sharpton condemned the governor for taking “cheap shots” at Rawlings-Blake. He also criticized Hogan, saying he is “a governor who’s never stood up and dealt with police reform.”
Sharpton said he met with the mayor Tuesday afternoon before delivering brief remarks to reporters. He said he wanted to come to Baltimore to say, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once did, “to say the voice of the unheard must be heard.”
He also said he was “calling for nonviolence and calling for an end to recklessness.” He said he does not condone expressing frustration in a “violent way.”
“We will work with the mayor and others to make sure the young people understand we are fighting violence, not adding to it,” Sharpton said. Still he said, “Do not condemn people for their anger, do not for condemn their frustration, because you failed to do what is right.”
Sharpton said he spoke to various “hip hop artists that over next 24 hours will be launching a drive to say that every brick thrown is a potential roadblock to justice.”
“I came to say that if you had heard us we would not be in this situation,” Sharpton said. “Now, listen and we collectively can deal with this situation.”
Rawlings-Blake on Al Sharpton's show: I don't want to give the impression that our state's attorney will make a decision on the Freddie Gray case by Friday.