Al Sharpton on Thursday called for the federal government to step in and “take over policing in this country” so that bad officers can be held accountable.
“We need the Justice Department to step in and take over policing in this country,” he told The Baltimore Sun. “In the 20th century, they had to fight states’ rights to get the right to vote. We’re going to have to fight states’ rights in terms of closing down police cases.”
“Police must be held accountable,” Mr. Sharpton added. “I don’t think all police are bad. I don’t even think most are bad. But those that are need to be held accountable.”
Mr. Sharpton is in Baltimore planning a two-day march to Washington D.C. to seek justice for Freddie Gray, as well as numerous other black men who died at the hands of police. The civil rights leader and others were criticized for holding a closed meeting Thursday with the presidents of the NAACP and the National Urban League and not including Baltimore protesters in the conversation.