By Rev. Al Sharpton
President and Founder of the National Action Network
Forty-nine years ago on this very day, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis, Tennessee, fighting for sanitation workers and preparing to lead the poor people’s campaign. It was exactly one year since Dr. King delivered his Beyond Vietnam sermon from the pulpit of Riverside Church in Harlem, New York. Yesterday, on the eve of this day of memory, it was made public that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called for a review of federal agreements with dozens of law enforcement departments, including a 90-day delay of an already agreed upon consent decree with the Baltimore Police Department. It is, in effect, suspending and attempting to eradicate concrete police reform that many of us in the civil rights and activist community fought for and got the Obama Administration to begin. It is the epitome of insult and a slap in the face of justice that the Attorney General would, on this day in particular, try to roll back the clock on police accountability and fairness.
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