- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 21, 2014

Al Sharpton said Sunday that he’s been the victim of racist and violent death threats following the execution-style killings of two NYPD officers.

Critics have accused the reverend and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of stoking racial and anti-police tensions in the aftermath of the police-involved death of Eric Garner.

Mr. Sharpton, appearing before reporters alongside Garner’s wife and mother, said he has received threats since NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were gunned down Saturday afternoon as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn, the New York Post reported.

The reverend played an expletive-filled voicemail over live television that purported to show someone saying, “Hey [n-word], stop killing innocent people, I’m going to get you!” the Post reported.

“I have several like this,” Mr. Sharpton said, the Staten Island Advance reported. “We are now under intense threat from those that are misguided, by those that are trying to blame everyone from civil rights leaders to the mayor rather than deal with an ugly spirit that all of us need to fight.”

The civil rights leader condemned police union leaders for accusing the mayor of inciting violence against cops.

“To blame the mayor and others is not what we need,” he said. “The blame game will only lead to further kinds of venom and further division.”

Garner’s mom, Gwen Carr, and wife Esaw Garner denounced any violence carried out in Garner’s name.

“Anyone that is standing beside us, we want you to not use Eric Garner’s name for violence because we are not about that,” Ms. Carr said, the Post reported. “These two police officers lost their lives senselessly, and our condolence[s are] with the family, and we stand with the family.”

Ms. Garner added: “My husband was not a violent man, and we don’t want any violence connected to his name, thank you.”

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