The Reverend Al Sharpton was one of the first leaders to speak out against police brutality after Staten Island man Eric Garner died in July after a cop put him in a chokehold.
But a secretly recorded conversation between Garner's daughter and an activist reveals Sharpton may not be a close family friend. Erica Snipes reportedly revealed to an investigator from activist James O'Keefe's group, Project Veritas, that Sharpton was more interested in money than in helping others, reports the New York Post.
Posing as a Garner supporter, the investigator reportedly interviewed Snipes using a hidden camera during a protest last month in Staten Island. When asked if she thought the Baptist minister was a "crook," Snipes can be seen rubbing her fingers together and saying, "He's about this."
The investigator attempted to clarify by asking if he is "about money," to which Garner's oldest daughter replied, "Yeah."
Snipes says she tried to distribute fliers about her father and that she was stopped by the Staten Island director of Sharpton's National Action Network, Cynthia Davis, who told her she should have included the organization's logo on the materials.
"Instead of me, he wants his face in front," Snipes reportedly said of Sharpton.
When Snipes was interviewed by the New York Post, she reportedly denied saying Sharpton was all about money, but continued to criticize Davis and said she tried to keep her from attending a protest against mass incarceration.
Sharpton slammed Project Veritas and said its members are using Snipes and other victims to satisfy their own agenda.
"They're splicing and dicing stuff together," Sharpton reportedly said. "It was a distortion. Erica is a sincere victim. She was not trying to infer anything with me."