February 12, 1998 |
A court appearance by the Rev. Al Sharpton, being sued for defamation by a white prosecutor he accused of raping a black teenager, degenerated into a shouting match. Tempers flared as the black activist took the witness stand for a third day in a Poughkeepsie courtroom. Sharpton and two attorneys are being sued by former prosecutor Steven Pagones, one of six white men whom Tawana Brawley, then 15, accused of raping her in November 1987. A year later, a grand jury concluded it was a hoax.
December 14, 2007 |
The Rev. Al Sharpton angrily denounced federal authorities for investigating him and his civil rights organization, suggesting that the Justice Department was retaliating against him for his civil rights advocacy. "I have probably been under every investigation known to man, and I can't remember a time that I've not been under investigation," Sharpton said at the Harlem headquarters of his civil rights organization.
May 24, 2001 |
A federal judge in San Juan sentenced civil rights activist Al Sharpton to 90 days in jail and ordered him to pay a $500 fine for trespassing on a Navy bombing range during protests against military training on the island of Vieques. The Rev. Sharpton was arrested May 1 along with Bronx Democratic Party President Roberto Ramirez, New York State Assemblyman Jose Rivera and New York City Councilman Aldofo Carrion. The politicians were sentenced to 40 days in prison and fined $500.
May 26, 2001 |
The Rev. Al Sharpton, handcuffed and escorted by police, arrived from Puerto Rico and was immediately taken to a detention facility to serve a 90-day sentence for trespassing on Navy land on Vieques island. Also on the flight from San Juan were New York City Councilman Adolfo Carrion Jr., New York state legislator Jose Rivera and Bronx County Democratic Party Chairman Roberto Ramirez. They were sentenced to 40 days. All were sentenced for a May 1 protest against bombing exercises on Vieques.
July 17, 2013 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - Civil rights leaders at the NAACP national convention Wednesday - Martin Luther King III and the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton - called the acquittal in 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's slaying a setback for race relations - and the audience agreed. In separate speeches to the gathering of several thousand, and in interviews, the trio called for an end to racial profiling and to Florida's "stand your ground" self-defense law. Some in attendance murmured, "That's right" or "Amen.