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Sun Dec 21, 2014, 06:10 PM

Rev. Al Sharpton says he's received threats since police slayings; pleas for non-violent protests

HARLEM, N.Y. - Rev. Al Sharpton said Sunday that he's received multiple threatening calls since the execution-style killing of two NYPD cops in what the 28-year-old gunman apparently considered vengeance for the police-involved deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

Sharpton, who said he would be turning over the threats he's received to the FBI, played one of the calls at a press conference he held Sunday at the National Action Network headquarters in Harlem.

"The language is 'Hey N word, stop killing innocent people, I'm going to get you," and I have several like this," he said. "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."

Sharpton, who has led multiple marches and protests against police violence since Garner's death, disavowed any connection to Saturday's police assassinations and criticized those who are blaming him or the mayor for the violence.


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