Sharpton gathers families of men killed by police


The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

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NEW YORK (AP) _ The Rev. Al Sharpton is joining the families of three unarmed black men who recently died at the hands of police officers.

Sharpton’s meeting Wednesday came two days after the decision not to indict a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the shooting death of one of the men, Michael Brown.

Brown’s parents flew in from Missouri for the meeting at the Harlem headquarters of Sharpton’s National Action Network.

They were joined by the families of two New York men killed by police this year.

Eric Garner died in July after being placed in a chokehold. Akai (uh-KY’) Gurley was shot in Brooklyn last week.

Sharpton said he hopes “America realizes the pain of these families.”

The appearance came after two days of protests over the Missouri grand jury’s decision.

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