Sharpton Denies Involvement in Crown Heights Riots

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Yesterday, at an event in South Los Angeles rallying for the family of Trayvon Martin, Rev. Al Sharpton, host on MSNBC, was interviewed in the parking lot by Breitbart News reporter Christian Hartsock. Here’s the transcript:

HARTSOCK: Excuse me, Reverend … Given your role in inciting the Crown Heights riots –

SHARPTON: I wasn’t in the Crown Heights riots.

HARTSOCK: You weren’t involved in the Crown Heights riots?

SHARPTON: No, I came after the Crown Heights riots. Read the state report. We got there three days later and brought the peace. So get your facts right.

Sharpton didn’t get his facts right. The Crown Heights riots occurred after young black New Yorker Gavin Cato was hit by a car driven by an Orthodox Jew. Sharpton spoke at the funeral. Here’s what he said:

“Talk about how Oppenheimer in South Africa sends diamonds straight to Tel Aviv and deals with the diamond merchants right here in Crown Heights. The issue is not anti-Semitism; the issue is apartheid …. All we want to say is what Jesus said: If you offend one of these little ones, you got to pay for it. No compromise, no meetings, no coffee klatsch, no skinnin’ and grinnin’.”

Later, Sharpton said, “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.” The riots resulted in the murder of an Orthodox Jew, Yankel Rosenbaum. As Rosenbaum’s brother wrote, “Based on everything we have seen and read, Sharpton never called upon the rioters to stop their anti-Semitism-inspired violence. He never called on the rioters to go home. To the contrary, he stirred them up. And three days of anti-Semitic violence became the Crown Heights riots.”

HARTSOCK: Okay. And in your role in the Tawana Brawley case –

SHARPTON: Yes, I stand by that. And there was no violence.

HARTSOCK: You stand by the case?

SHARPTON: I stand by many cases.

Sharpton standing by Tawana Brawley is incredible. The Tawana Brawley case began for Sharpton in November 1987, when he jumped to her defense after the 15-year-old black girl claimed she had been kidnaped and abused by six whites in Dutchess County, New York. There was no evidence supporting the claims. Nonetheless, Sharpton escalated the rhetoric, eventually stating that Dutchess County assistant prosecutor Steven Pagones had been involved in the incident. “We stated openly that Steven Pagones did it,” said Sharpton. “If we’re lying, sue us, so we can go into court with you and prove you did it. Sue us – sue us right now.” So Pagones sued him for defamation, winning a $345,000 court judgment. Sharpton was on the hook for $65,000 of that. He has never personally paid up. So he hasn’t even stood by his own case.

HARTSOCK: Do you feel you’re in a position to be speaking about civil trials?

SHARPTON: Sure, because we won the cases of Abner Louima, we won the case of Howard Beach, we won the case of Bensonhurst, I think I’m more qualified to stand than most. I’ve won more cases. And the case you mentioned, Brawley, there was never any violence. You think you’re qualified since you don’t do research properly?

HARTSOCK: Do you think you’re qualified to be speaking about racism?

SHARPTON: No, I’m asking two questions. No, no, no, we’re not –

HARTSOCK: Do you think you’re qualified to be speaking about racism –

At this point, Sharpton walks away.

This is the Al Sharpton leading the charge on the Trayvon Martin case – a racist extraordinaire, a charlatan, and a liar. And this is the Al Sharpton hired by Phil Griffin to lend gravitas to MSNBC’s evening lineup.

31 Comments

  • 2. Typical wrote:

    He used to do his marches to the 71st precinct before the riots of unequal treatment. This stirred up the natives. Then when the accident happened he just needed a few words of encouragement. Its typical Sharpton to deny.

  • 3. Thinkster wrote:

    I’m surprised that a spineless amoeba like Sharpton can even speak!

  • 4. Fed Up wrote:

    Al Sharpton is a weasel and a liar. Just remember, he called Jews diamond merchants. He and his goons, Alton Maddox and C. Vernon Mason also threatened Yosef Lifsche’s life by boasting that they were going to forcibly kidnap him and make a citizen’s arrest.

  • 5. What A Lier wrote:

    Lier, lier pants on fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sharpton walked up and down Utica Avenue scarring Jews and insiting the Rioters to Riot.
    He also passed by 770 and POINTED to the Shul so the hulligens should know, Chas Vsholem, where to attack.

  • 6. Rory Calhoon wrote:

    I remember it was Sharpton’s speech – that got the blacks blood boiling in the Crown Heights riots. Blacks normally do not stand in achdus for a cause unless they are driven by a charismatic leader. Take the 1,000,000 man march in Washington – incited by you know who. Sharpton doesn’t open his yap these days against Yidden, but believe me in those days, he even ran a newspaper with tons of anti-Jewish statements, tons of them.

  • 7. # 1 wrote:

    yeah OK! and I’m playing for the new York Yankees” I’v seen all the videos of the ch riots its easy to find it on YouTube , you can see him in 1 of the videos leading the parade , the Tape don’t like I don’t care how many pounds he lost over the years TRUST ME its his face , if you want the link just ask.

  • 8. yes wrote:

    first off, nice slam on msnbc, a great network, but of course you would slam msnbc as its your rival! we all know fox is a shill for the right…instead of pointing out its one weak link (sharptons been there barely 6 months and get no ratings btw) point out the great coverage and anchors such as chris matthews and rachel maddow who continuously bring great reporting, insight and excellent guests and interviews.

    breitbart NOT a good place for news, this is not “news” everyone knows what happened during the ch riots! this is just a way to dredge up old garbage to incite racism..

    breitbart is a racist incendiary site that caters to the multitudes of right wing insanity and destruction. go ahead, go to the site, its all negative garbage only a non intelligent non educated person would fall for…

  • 11. Milhouse wrote:

    Andrew Breitbart was a special person. Chaval al de’avdin velo mishtakchin.

  • 12. lie wrote:

    He has chutspe!!!!. No one says anything or make a fuss so he will lie and lie. Hay why not who cears. No one is saying anything but the few local websites

  • 13. comment wrote:

    I can’t imagine what he must feel like, holding lies inside himself. must hurt badly. or maybe not…..
    he probably has personality disorder. manipulating and lying are a part of their beliefs for what they think is survival.
    pathetic and dirty

  • 14. Fed Up wrote:

    Al Sharpton is a weasel and a liar. Just remember the speech about “diamond merchants” in “our” neighborhood and hatzolah, the “apartheid” ambulance service operating in “our” neighborhood.

  • 15. moishie wrote:

    CHI – great story. But I do not understand why we give credence to anything that sharpton says or does! he is a behaima!

  • 16. mendoza wrote:

    he is a FREEKIN LIYER ,, I WAS LIVING IN 1491 PRESIDENT ON THAT VERY DAY PEEKING TRU THE SHADES WITH ALL THE LIGHTS OFF IN THE HOUSE , AND I CAN EYE WITNESS AL SHARPTON THE BLACK BIGOT AND MR DAURTRY WALKING ARMS FLANKED TOGETHER LIKE THEY WALK IN ALL MARCHES , SCREEMING ON A BULL HORN “ NO JUCTICE NO PEACE ”
    “ KILL THE JEWS AND THERE CHILDERN ” I CAN TESTFY IN COURT

  • 17. SD wrote:

    “ANOTHER SHARPTON HOAX”
    AL SHARPTON MAY SAY WHAT HE PLEASES, BUT HIS CREDITABILITY WAS LOST A LONG TIME AGO. ONE HAS ONLY TO REVIEW THE ACTUAL NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS OF THE CROWN HEIGHTS RIOTS TO SEE HIS INSIDIOUS AND NEFARIOUS PART IN ORGANIZING AND LEADING THE MARAUDING MOBS FROM DAY ONE OF THE RIOTS.

  • 18. Sharpton the liar wrote:

    Hey, Sharpton
    Liar Liar
    Yo’ pants on fire
    You love to yell
    and raise the ire
    But you’ll go to hell
    No matter your attire

    You, of Tawana Brawley fame
    and the Korean boycott game
    You should be hangin’ your head in shame
    You lyin’ mobster, lie is your name

    You take every opportunity
    To divide the community
    Whether white or black
    You love to attack
    Just love to stir the pot
    Make up stories, take a shot
    You are the most despicable creature
    Your lies are yo’ best feature

    Like Pinochio one day
    You’ll get caught
    Lyin’ don’t pay
    In the meantime, we know yo’ game
    You lyin’ liar, you are so lame

    Hey, Sharpton, Liar, Liar
    Don’t look now, yo’s pants on fire…

  • 19. i was there wrote:

    he is a bald faced liar. he was not there on monday night when the accident happened, the riots started, and Yankel Rosenbaum HY“D was killed. However, on tuesday afternoon, he and sonny carson ym”sh led a bunch of black kids down president street from utica to kingston chanting “kill the jews”. at kingston ave a big group of bochurim were waiting. the cops got nervous and told them to stop. that’s when bottle and rock throwing broke out between them. interesting to note that the cops did nothing to stop them until they were confronted by hundreds of chassidim. sharpton and carson yimach shmom conveniently disappeared when the rock throwing started.

  • 21. Nechemia D. wrote:

    Hashem have rachmunos on us all yidden of Crown Heights. Let’s leave Sharpton and his cronies to be, Hashem will punish them in the end. We the good citizens must live in peace amongst ourselves and hope the blacks do not form solidarity committees for a long time to come.

  • 22. Fed Up wrote:

    Not only did Sharpton lie about the Crown Heights riot, he was also involved in the Tawanna Brawley hoax of 1987.

  • 23. Hensha Gansbourg wrote:

    I totally agree with #2.
    I also was there and I have most of the news TV broadcasts of the entire week of the riots. I have video of Sharpton marching down President Street at the corner of Kinston on Tuesday afternoon.
    He is a blatant liar!

  • 24. Yossel wrote:

    #22’s comments frighten me. Jews said that in Germany back in 1935 when a bunch of “hooligans” suddenly found themselves in power…I don’t know what Hashem wants of us, but those Jews who left Europe and went elsewhere, many were saved. Sadly, many Jews couldn’t leave the “old country” because it was “holy” and thought America was the “treif medina,” and Israel was a “barren wasteland.” As much as I want to follow the Rebbe’s directives, its’ hard. Here it’s almost 20 years after Gimmel Tammuz, and things are getting worse, not better, nor has Moshiach been revealed. Hashem, what do You want from Your people??

  • 26. Tony The Hair stylest wrote:

    He( sharpton) Used To come to my barber shop twice a week to streighten out his hair; though he has not been around for some time; Must have found some one better;

  • 27. Milhouse wrote:

    #17, “Take the 1,000,000 man march in Washington – incited by you know who.”

    You mean the 200,000 man march, if that. There was never even the chance that a million would attend.

  • 28. Milhouse wrote:

    #13 “yes” is an antisemitic troll. MSNBC is a sewer, and the only legitimate reason to watch it is to keep an eye on the enemy.

    “the great coverage and anchors such as chris matthews and rachel maddow who continuously bring great reporting, insight and excellent guests and interviews.”

    Oh, please. Madcow is as filthy a liar as Sharpton, and so is Chris (“tingle up my leg”) Matthews.

  • 29. A Sharp ton = 300 pounds of dreck! wrote:

    Sharpton YMS has built up such heavy antibodies to anything remotely resembling the truth that if he would accidentally utter anything even similar to the truth, he would explode. This would cause a release of so much tzoiah roitachas (haisse dreck) that a state of emergency would have to be declared across the Atlantic Seaboard.

    The environmental impact of such an event would make the Exxon Valdez seem like the equivalent of a kid relieving himself in a swimming pool.

  • 30. to millhouse wrote:

    youd think w all your quotes on halacha would preclude you from watching tv or atleast cable! oh well, sounds like you really know whats going on LOL

  • 31. olam hasheker wrote:

    why does it matter what you or I write here? sharpton is smarter. he still spins the pr machine. neither you are i are being interviewed. he is. and he knows when to leave too. if it’s too hot, he just walks away. he knows the sound bite skill. a sly snake. and they know how to climb to the top of this world which is not governed by good and truth.

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