Rev. Al Sharpton told the NY Daily News that he has not spoken to Mayor Bill de Blasio since the brutal murder of two NYPD officers on Saturday.
Sharpton said de Blasio “texted me and said we would talk, but we have not talked.” When Sharpton was also asked if he belived de Blasio was purposely keeping a distance from him because of criticism from the police union, he responded, “You can draw whatever conclusions you want.”
De Blasio’s lack of communication towards Sharpton, in the Reverend’s opinion, is not exclusive to him. Sharpton believes the mayor “doesn’t want to look like he’s talking to any protesters.”
“I don’t think it’s just me.”
The distance de Blasio has created between himself and others who led or supported protests objecting to the grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case is becoming increasingly evident. On Monday, de Blasio held a press conference at the Police Athletic League and called on protesters to refrain from demonstrations until after the funerals of slain officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.
“It's important that regardless of people's viewpoints that everyone step back,” de Blasio said. “It’s a time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things that we will talk about in due time.”
De Blasio also visited the families of Ramos and Liu, who were ambushed and murdered by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley. Brinsley had revealed via Instagram his plan to kill NYPD officers as revenge for Garner’s death.
Sharpton said that instead of creating distance, de Blasio should be bringing both sides together and working towards reform. “He should take the political risk of bringing everyone together.”