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Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri had some words for the Rev. Al Sharpton. (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office/AP)

A Florida sheriff on Monday responded to sharp criticism from the Rev. Al Sharpton for not arresting a white man who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a parking lot dispute last month.

Sharpton criticized Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri at a Sunday rally for Markeis McGlockton.

McGlockton was shot on July 19 by Michael Drejka in Clearwater, according to FOX13 Tampa Bay. Drekja told deputies he feared for his life and police at the time chose not to arrest him, citing the states Stand Your Ground law.

This case should not be tried in a parking lot of a convenience store, Sharpton said. It should be tried in a courtroom.

Gualtieri was asked about Sharptons comments Monday during a press conference for an unrelated investigation.

It’s a bunch of rhetoric. I don’t pay much attention to it, to tell you the truth. I wasn’t there, and I don’t really care what Al Sharpton has to say, Gualtieri said. Go back to New York. Mind your own business.

“Go back to New York. Mind your own business.”

In a statement to the Tampa Bay Times, a spokeswoman for Sharpton compared the sheriffs comments to those of sheriffs out of the 1960s that used to call civil rights leaders invited in by victims, outside agitators.

Sharpton plans to keep coming back to Clearwater regardless of Gualtieris remarks.

Florida prosecutors said last week they will review the case. The Pinellas County State Attorney said there was no time frame for how long it will take to review the case and determine whether charges should be filed against Drejka.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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Al Sharpton Questions EA Sports’ Apology To Colin Kaepernick …

8/4/2018 12:15 AM PDT

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Al Sharpton is very skeptical of EA’s statement on why it removed Colin Kaepernick’s name from the Madden 19 soundtrack … telling TMZ Sports, “I’m questioning their intentions.”

The creators of football’s top-selling game issued an apology after it was discovered they scrubbed the Kaep reference from YG’s song “Big Bank” … and blamed the whole ordeal on a licensing issue.

Sharpton ain’t ready to buy any of that … explaining to us their actions sound more like evidence of NFL collusion than an honest mistake.

“It clearly looks like it is an agreement among the owners,” Al says.

“They keep [Kaepernick] isolated — they keep him off the field. And I think that is something that is un-American.”

Sharpton is calling for a more in-depth explanation from EA on the debacle … and even makes his case for why the some EA employees should be “penalized” for it all.

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ST. PETERSBURG Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Monday that the Rev. Al Sharpton should “go back to New York” and mind his own business after the national civil rights activists visit to Clearwater over the weekend to address the shooting of Markeis McGlockton.

“Its a bunch of rhetoric. I dont pay much attention to it to tell you the truth,” the sheriff said when asked for his reaction to Sharptons appearance at the end of an unrelated news conference in St. Petersburg. “I wasnt there, and I dont really care what Al Sharpton has to say. Go back to New York. Mind your own business.”

Sharpton was met by hundreds of people Sunday during his stop at St. John Primitive Baptist Church in Clearwater as he pressed local leaders to file charges against Michael Drejka, the white man who shot McGlockton, who is black, during a fight over a convenience store parking space July 19.

READ ABOUT THE VISIT: From Clearwater church, Sharpton and gubernatorial candidates call for stand your ground repeal.

Gualtieri did not arrest Drejka, saying he was precluded by Floridas controversial stand your ground self-defense law. The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorneys office is now reviewing the case to decide whether to press charges.

“If you got to the scene, Mr. Sheriff, and Markeis had been standing over the white man, you would have cuffed him and taken him in jail,” Sharpton said during the rally. “(Drejka) killed an unarmed black man who was standing up for his family. Lock him up, or give up your badge.”

When reached Monday, a spokeswoman for Sharpton sent a statement comparing Gualtieris comments to “those of sheriffs out of the 1960s that used to call civil rights leaders invited in by victims, outside agitators.”

“I came at the invitation of the family and literally thousands of people in his county,” it continued. “Additionally, five candidates for governor joined me because he did not take care of his business. It would not be necessary for me to do so if he took care of his own, and until he does I will keep coming to Clearwater.”

The sheriff, who is white, was also asked about the candidates appearances during the news conference, to which he answered they were “politicking.”

“The facts and the law matter,” he said. “Learn the facts and learn the law and then you can opine … but you get in politics, thats what youre going to get.”

The sheriff himself is a politician who has successfully run twice for the elected office of the sheriff since Gov. Rick Scott appointed him to the job in 2011.

Since Gualtieri, a Republican, made the call July 20 not to arrest Drejka, he has faced pressure from all sides, including the NRA and Republican lawmakers who appeared to criticize his analysis of the law in a recent Politico story.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Sheriff Gualtieri defends stand your ground decision in convenience store shooting.

Several civil rights leaders and Democrats, along with calling for the repeal of stand your ground, have questioned whether the case would have had the same outcome had McGlockton been white and Drejka black.

Prominent civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing McGlocktons girlfriend, Britany Jacobs, attended Sundays rally. He was joined by the parents of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012. Crump also represented Martins family.

While the shooter, George Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, didnt end up using stand your ground as a defense, the cases initial touchpoint with the law launched a national debate that helped spark the start of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Some research suggests race plays a part “stand your ground” cases, including a Tampa Bay Times report from 2012 analyzing almost 200 cases across the state. It found that 73 percent of people who killed a black person got no penalty compared to 59 percent for people who killed a white person.

Gualtieri has said there is no evidence in the McGlockton case to show race was a factor, which he echoed when reached by phone Monday. He said his comments at the news conference were directed at Sharptons remarks tying race to the case.

“Its really easy to go around throwing wild allegations that have no basis in the air and inflaming people when theres just no basis for it,” he said. “Thats wrong and irresponsible.”

Contact Kathryn Varn at [emailprotected] or (727) 893-8913. Follow @kathrynvarn.

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Al Sharpton Doesnt Rule Out Running For President …

8:47 PM 08/07/2018

Elias Atienza | Contributor

Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the most visible figures of Black Lives Matter, has not ruled out running for president in 2020.

Sharpton said he wasnt currently exploring a presidential run but did not rule out running,BuzzFeed News reported Tuesday.

I never rule anything out, Sharpton said.

Sharpton was in Florida Sunday leading protests against Floridas stand your ground laws after the death of Markeis McGlockton.Michael Drejka shot and killedMcGlocktonin July.Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieridid not chargeDrejka due to Drejka claiming he feared for his life. (RELATED: Florida Sheriff Tells Reverend Al Sharpton To Go Back To New York. Mind Your Business)

Sharpton has been highly critical of President Donald Trump, calling him a racist at a Sunday rally because Trump stumped for Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida and didnt mention McGlocktons name.

You want to know why we call you a racist? [You] talk like a racist and you walk like a racist and you act like a racist! Sharpton said at the rally, according to BuzzFeed News.

Sharpton also criticized Pastor Darrell Scott, who called Trumpthe most pro-black president that weve had in our lifetime, on Aug. 3.He also argued that black ministers were cowards for not bringing up McGlocktons name when they visited the White House that day.

I wont bow to Pharaoh, and I wont bow to Donald Trump,Sharpton said.

If Sharpton were to run, he would join a crowded Democratic primary. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and former Vice President Joe Biden are just a few high-profile Democrats who have hinted at running for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

Sharpton has run for office before. He ran for the Senate three times in the 1980s and 1990s and the presidency in 2004.

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Florida Sheriff Tells Reverend Al Sharpton To Go Back To New …

4:26 PM 08/07/2018

Nick Givas | Media And Politics Reporter

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri from Florida told Rev. Al Sharpton to go back to New York and to mind his own business, during a Tuesday press conference.

Gualtieri was holding the presser for an unrelated investigation, when a reporter asked for comment about Sharptons protests against Floridas stand your ground law, Fox 13reported.(RELATED: ESPNs Jemele Hill Race Baits Donald Trump To Al Sharpton On MSNBC)

Sharpton was present at a Sunday rally in Clearwater for Markeis McGlockton, who was shot and killed by Michael Drejka on July 19. Gualtieri chose not to charge Drejka and cited the stand your ground statute as his reason.

Its a bunch of rhetoric. I dont pay much attention to it, to tell you the truth. I wasnt there, and I dont really care what Al Sharpton has to say, Gualtieri said. Go back to New York; mind your own business.

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Drejka told police he was fearing for his life and that was enough to convince the authorities to release him, without any formal criminal charges. Gualtieri saidSharptonshould hit the books and learn more about the law before he speaks out publicly.

The facts and the law matter, Gualtieri concluded. Learn the facts and learn the law, and then you can opine.

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Al Sharpton talks to Michael Cohen, who says there’s ‘no …

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President Donald Trump’s former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen chatted with the Reverend Al Sharpton for an hour, Sharpton announced on Twitter on Friday morning.

Cohen responded to Sharpton’s tweet minutes later, saying there wasn’t anyone “better to talk to!”

“Just spent an hour w/ Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney,” Sharpton, the host of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” tweeted Friday morning. “I bet you’re wondering what we could be talking about! Stay tuned.”

“I have known Rev for almost 20 years,” Cohen responded. “No one better to talk to!”

Cohen is the focus of a criminal investigation in the Southern District of New York into whether he violated campaign-finance laws, committed bank fraud and/or wire fraud, engaged in illegal lobbying, or participated in other crimes. The FBI raided Cohen’s home, hotel room, and office in April, seizing more than 4 million documents.

At the center of Cohen’s troubles is a $130,000 hush-money payment he facilitated weeks before the 2016 presidential election to porn star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to keep her from talking about her allegation of a 2006 affair with Trump. The FBI sought documents related to that payment and other similar agreements with women.

Trump, Cohen, and the White House denied that an affair took place. Originally, Cohen said Trump did not reimburse him for the payment. In May, Trump admitted to paying back his lawyer for the cost.

Cohen has split with Trump dramatically in recent weeks. During an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that was published earlier this month, Cohen said his family “and this country” have his “first loyalty.”

Cohen also split with his legal team and hired a pair of new attorneys. Cohen’s defense will now be guided by Guy Petrillo, a partner at Petrillo Klein & Boxer who has extensive experience in the Southern District of New York and is the kind of lawyer a person would choose if they were seeking to cut a deal with prosecutors, experts told Business Insider. In addition, Cohen brought on Lanny Davis, notable for his work as a lawyer and representative for President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

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Michael Cohens Meeting With Al Sharpton Was Intended To …

3:53 PM 07/21/2018

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Former Trump attorney Michael Cohens meeting on Friday with Al Sharpton was intended to send a signal to the president, the civil rights activist says.

Out of all the people he could reach out to, reaching out to me is sending a signal to Mr. Trump and I think, probably, to prosecutors that he was not one who would not deal with someone who has been fighting Donald Trump for decades on social justice issues, Sharpton said in an interview on MSNBC on Friday.

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Sharpton and Cohen met at a restaurant for over an hour on Friday morning, shortly before news broke that months before the 2016 election, Cohen secretly recorded a two-minute conversation with Trump regarding Karen McDougal, a Playboy playmate who allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2006.

The Washington Post reported that Cohen suggested purchasing the rights to McDougals story from AMI, the parent company of the National Enquirer. AMI paid McDougal $150,000 in August 2016 for her story.

According to The Post, Trump is mostly silent in the recording. At one point he asked Cohen how the payment would be made.

I received a text from him saying he wanted to meet, Sharpton said on Saturday. We met at a public restaurant and we spoke for over an hour. He was very troubled and felt in many ways cast wrongly.

And I feel he was saying that he had been abandoned by Mr. Trump, Sharpton continued, adding: He was adamant that he was opposed to things that Mr. Trump was doing.

Sharpton tweeted about his meeting with Cohen shortly after it ended.

Just spent an hour w/ Michael Cohen, Trumps former attorney, Sharpton wrote. I bet youre wondering what we could be talking about! Stay tuned.

Cohen confirmed the meeting, writing that I have known Rev for almost 20 years. No one better to talk to!

Trump blasted his former attorney in an early-morning tweet on Saturday.

Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyers office (early in the morning) almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client totally unheard of & perhaps illegal, he wrote. (RELATED: Perhaps Illegal: Trump Rails Against Cohen For Taping His Private Conversations)

The U.S. Attorneys Office in Manhattan is reportedly investigating Cohen over his business dealings and possible campaign finance violations. Cohens payments to women are reportedly a part of the investigation. Just before the 2016 election, Cohen paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels, an adult film star who also allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2006.

The FBI raided Cohens home, office and hotel room on April 9.

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Al Sharpton: Cohen is ‘sending a signal’ to Trump

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Donald Trump is definitely my enemy, and hes gotbillions more enemies on this planet.

Good God, Ive never felt so loved.

Of course, if recent reports can be believed, it looks like we all have a new friend in erstwhile Trump fixer Michael Cohen. And Al Sharpton, who has known Cohen for yearsbut islight-years distant from him ideologically, is a new friend of his, too.

Sharpton had a sit-down withCohen recently … at a restaurant in full view of the public. And Sharpton thinksthe encounter was fraught with meaning.

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I received a text from him saying he wanted to meet, Sharpton said. We met at a public restaurant and we spoke for over an hour. He was very troubled and felt in many ways cast wrongly.

And I feel he was saying that he had been abandoned by Mr. Trump,” Sharpton continued, adding: He was adamant that he was opposed to things that Mr. Trump was doing.

Sharpton told [Ali] Velshi that Cohen’s decision to sit down with the MSNBC host known for his work in the civil rights movement was a “signal” to Trump andRobert Mueller’s special counsel investigation that he was not in lock-step with his former boss.

Out of all the people he could reach out to, reaching out to me is sending a signal to Mr. Trump and I think, probably, to prosecutors that he was not one who would not deal with someone who has been fighting Donald Trump for decades on social justice issues,” he said.

Can there be any doubtthat Cohen is ready to flip on Trump?

And if he does, is there any doubt it would be very, very bad for Trump?

Stay tuned. This rigged witch hunt is getting more and more entertaining by the day.

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Rev. Al Sharpton Gave Himself A $437,555 "Bonus" | The …

JUNE 13–The not-for-profit social justice organization headed by Rev. Al Sharpton paid the New York activist a whopping $437,555 bonus–on top of his $250,000 salary–according to the groups most recent tax return submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

The hefty payment to Sharpton was revealed in a filing by the National Action Network, the Harlem-based group Sharpton founded nearly 25 years ago. The organizations 2016 tax return, which Sharpton signed in November 2017, disclosed the one-time bonus to the 63-year-old civil rights leader.

According to its tax return, the National Action Network works within the spirit and tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. and promotes an agenda that includes an equal standard of justice and decency for all people regardless of race. Sharpton, who serves as the groups president and CEO, spends an average of 40 hours a week working for the organization, according to the tax return.

The Christian activist social justice organization has 34 employees and 125 volunteers and reported $5.821 million in revenue in 2016 (the most recent year for which financial records have been made public). Expenses for 2016 totaled $5.817 million.

Sharptons 2016 base salary was $250,000. The bonus payment ballooned his total compensation to $687,555.

In justifying the bonus, the National Action Network–which Sharpton controls–told the IRS that, over the past 25 years, Sharpton had periodically declined compensation to ensure that the organization had sufficient operating funds to fulfill its payroll obligations and maintain ongoing operations. The organization added that it had previously received the services of the President and CEO without fully compensating for his services.

Additionally, the group recognizes that it did not offer any retirement or benefit package to the President and CEO in contrast to most peer organizations that do offer retirement or benefit packages.

In a move to rectify this purported shorting of Sharpton, the organization provided him with a “one-time bonus” of $437,555. This retroactive payout was meant to address prior compensation that was declined or not fully compensated.

The tax return offers no specifics as to how the $437,555 figure was arrived at or whose idea the payment was.

In fact, the organization itself noted that its Board/Executive Committee recognizes that developing a formal approach to compensating the President and CEO…would be an appropriate action to take at this time. To that end, the group reported commissioning a comparability study with regard to the compensation of Sharpton and Michael Hardy, the Sharpton sidekick who serves as the organizations $150,000-a-year general counsel.

Until recent years, the National Action Networks finances were a shambles, thanks to Sharptons mismanagement of the group. At one point, the organization owed federal, state, and city tax authorities nearly $2 million for unpaid payroll taxes and related penalties and interest. Subsequent negotiations with the IRS substantially cut the groups federal debt. In 2015, a payroll tax liability of nearly $800,000 was wiped from the organizations balance sheet.

The organizations finances were once so precarious that Sharpton himself lent the National Action Network hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to the 2016 tax return, the groups debt to its founder is now only $4056.

In addition to his compensation, Sharptons hefty expenses–first class air travel, luxury hotels, and a chauffeured car–are covered by the National Action Network. While Sharpton has an office at the groups leased Harlem headquarters, he often works from a midtown Manhattan office rented by the not-for-profit.

Until his August 2015 demotion, Sharpton hosted a daily show on MSNBC. His PoliticsNation program now airs on Sundays at 8 AM. (3 pages)

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Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri had some words for the Rev. Al Sharpton. (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office/AP) A Florida sheriff on Monday responded to sharp criticism from the Rev. Al Sharpton for not arresting a white man who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a parking lot dispute last month. Sharpton criticized Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri at a Sunday rally for Markeis McGlockton. McGlockton was shot on July 19 by Michael Drejka in Clearwater, according to FOX13 Tampa Bay. Drekja told deputies he feared for his life and police at the time chose not to arrest him, citing the states Stand Your Ground law. This case should not be tried in a parking lot of a convenience store, Sharpton said. It should be tried in a courtroom. Gualtieri was asked about Sharptons comments Monday during a press conference for an unrelated investigation. It’s a bunch of rhetoric. I don’t pay much attention to it, to tell you the truth. I wasn’t there, and I don’t really care what Al Sharpton has to say, Gualtieri said. Go back to New York. Mind your own business. “Go back to New York. Mind your own business.” In a statement to the Tampa Bay Times, a spokeswoman for Sharpton compared the sheriffs comments to those of sheriffs out of the 1960s that used to call civil rights leaders invited in by victims, outside agitators. Sharpton plans to keep coming back to Clearwater regardless of Gualtieris remarks. Florida prosecutors said last week they will review the case. The Pinellas County State Attorney said there was no time frame for how long it will take to review the case and determine whether charges should be filed against Drejka. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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Al Sharpton Questions EA Sports’ Apology To Colin Kaepernick …

8/4/2018 12:15 AM PDT EXCLUSIVE Al Sharpton is very skeptical of EA’s statement on why it removed Colin Kaepernick’s name from the Madden 19 soundtrack … telling TMZ Sports, “I’m questioning their intentions.” The creators of football’s top-selling game issued an apology after it was discovered they scrubbed the Kaep reference from YG’s song “Big Bank” … and blamed the whole ordeal on a licensing issue. Sharpton ain’t ready to buy any of that … explaining to us their actions sound more like evidence of NFL collusion than an honest mistake. “It clearly looks like it is an agreement among the owners,” Al says. “They keep [Kaepernick] isolated — they keep him off the field. And I think that is something that is un-American.” Sharpton is calling for a more in-depth explanation from EA on the debacle … and even makes his case for why the some EA employees should be “penalized” for it all.

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ST. PETERSBURG Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Monday that the Rev. Al Sharpton should “go back to New York” and mind his own business after the national civil rights activists visit to Clearwater over the weekend to address the shooting of Markeis McGlockton. “Its a bunch of rhetoric. I dont pay much attention to it to tell you the truth,” the sheriff said when asked for his reaction to Sharptons appearance at the end of an unrelated news conference in St. Petersburg. “I wasnt there, and I dont really care what Al Sharpton has to say. Go back to New York. Mind your own business.” Sharpton was met by hundreds of people Sunday during his stop at St. John Primitive Baptist Church in Clearwater as he pressed local leaders to file charges against Michael Drejka, the white man who shot McGlockton, who is black, during a fight over a convenience store parking space July 19. READ ABOUT THE VISIT: From Clearwater church, Sharpton and gubernatorial candidates call for stand your ground repeal. Gualtieri did not arrest Drejka, saying he was precluded by Floridas controversial stand your ground self-defense law. The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorneys office is now reviewing the case to decide whether to press charges. “If you got to the scene, Mr. Sheriff, and Markeis had been standing over the white man, you would have cuffed him and taken him in jail,” Sharpton said during the rally. “(Drejka) killed an unarmed black man who was standing up for his family. Lock him up, or give up your badge.” When reached Monday, a spokeswoman for Sharpton sent a statement comparing Gualtieris comments to “those of sheriffs out of the 1960s that used to call civil rights leaders invited in by victims, outside agitators.” “I came at the invitation of the family and literally thousands of people in his county,” it continued. “Additionally, five candidates for governor joined me because he did not take care of his business. It would not be necessary for me to do so if he took care of his own, and until he does I will keep coming to Clearwater.” The sheriff, who is white, was also asked about the candidates appearances during the news conference, to which he answered they were “politicking.” “The facts and the law matter,” he said. “Learn the facts and learn the law and then you can opine … but you get in politics, thats what youre going to get.” The sheriff himself is a politician who has successfully run twice for the elected office of the sheriff since Gov. Rick Scott appointed him to the job in 2011. Since Gualtieri, a Republican, made the call July 20 not to arrest Drejka, he has faced pressure from all sides, including the NRA and Republican lawmakers who appeared to criticize his analysis of the law in a recent Politico story. PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Sheriff Gualtieri defends stand your ground decision in convenience store shooting. Several civil rights leaders and Democrats, along with calling for the repeal of stand your ground, have questioned whether the case would have had the same outcome had McGlockton been white and Drejka black. Prominent civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing McGlocktons girlfriend, Britany Jacobs, attended Sundays rally. He was joined by the parents of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012. Crump also represented Martins family. While the shooter, George Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, didnt end up using stand your ground as a defense, the cases initial touchpoint with the law launched a national debate that helped spark the start of the Black Lives Matter movement. Some research suggests race plays a part “stand your ground” cases, including a Tampa Bay Times report from 2012 analyzing almost 200 cases across the state. It found that 73 percent of people who killed a black person got no penalty compared to 59 percent for people who killed a white person. Gualtieri has said there is no evidence in the McGlockton case to show race was a factor, which he echoed when reached by phone Monday. He said his comments at the news conference were directed at Sharptons remarks tying race to the case. “Its really easy to go around throwing wild allegations that have no basis in the air and inflaming people when theres just no basis for it,” he said. “Thats wrong and irresponsible.” Contact Kathryn Varn at [emailprotected] or (727) 893-8913. Follow @kathrynvarn. No arrest in fatal shooting during argument over handicap parking space Family to Pinellas prosecutor: File charges in death of Markeis McGlockton Attorney calls Markeis McGlocktons death cold-blooded murder by wannabe cop Mix of grief, energy at Markeis McGlockton funeral In latest stand your ground case, a question: Who started it?

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8:47 PM 08/07/2018 Elias Atienza | Contributor Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the most visible figures of Black Lives Matter, has not ruled out running for president in 2020. Sharpton said he wasnt currently exploring a presidential run but did not rule out running,BuzzFeed News reported Tuesday. I never rule anything out, Sharpton said. Sharpton was in Florida Sunday leading protests against Floridas stand your ground laws after the death of Markeis McGlockton.Michael Drejka shot and killedMcGlocktonin July.Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieridid not chargeDrejka due to Drejka claiming he feared for his life. (RELATED: Florida Sheriff Tells Reverend Al Sharpton To Go Back To New York. Mind Your Business) Sharpton has been highly critical of President Donald Trump, calling him a racist at a Sunday rally because Trump stumped for Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida and didnt mention McGlocktons name. You want to know why we call you a racist? [You] talk like a racist and you walk like a racist and you act like a racist! Sharpton said at the rally, according to BuzzFeed News. Sharpton also criticized Pastor Darrell Scott, who called Trumpthe most pro-black president that weve had in our lifetime, on Aug. 3.He also argued that black ministers were cowards for not bringing up McGlocktons name when they visited the White House that day. I wont bow to Pharaoh, and I wont bow to Donald Trump,Sharpton said. If Sharpton were to run, he would join a crowded Democratic primary. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and former Vice President Joe Biden are just a few high-profile Democrats who have hinted at running for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. Sharpton has run for office before. He ran for the Senate three times in the 1980s and 1990s and the presidency in 2004. Follow Elias Atienza onTwitter

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Florida Sheriff Tells Reverend Al Sharpton To Go Back To New …

4:26 PM 08/07/2018 Nick Givas | Media And Politics Reporter Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri from Florida told Rev. Al Sharpton to go back to New York and to mind his own business, during a Tuesday press conference. Gualtieri was holding the presser for an unrelated investigation, when a reporter asked for comment about Sharptons protests against Floridas stand your ground law, Fox 13reported.(RELATED: ESPNs Jemele Hill Race Baits Donald Trump To Al Sharpton On MSNBC) Sharpton was present at a Sunday rally in Clearwater for Markeis McGlockton, who was shot and killed by Michael Drejka on July 19. Gualtieri chose not to charge Drejka and cited the stand your ground statute as his reason. Its a bunch of rhetoric. I dont pay much attention to it, to tell you the truth. I wasnt there, and I dont really care what Al Sharpton has to say, Gualtieri said. Go back to New York; mind your own business. WATCH: litics/buzz/2018/08/06/ron-desantis-adds-to-criticism-of-pinellas-sheriff-gualtieri-over-stand-your-ground/ Drejka told police he was fearing for his life and that was enough to convince the authorities to release him, without any formal criminal charges. Gualtieri saidSharptonshould hit the books and learn more about the law before he speaks out publicly. The facts and the law matter, Gualtieri concluded. Learn the facts and learn the law, and then you can opine. You can Follow Nick on Twitter Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org.

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Al Sharpton talks to Michael Cohen, who says there’s ‘no …

Michael Cohen. Brendan McDermid/Reuters President Donald Trump’s former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen chatted with the Reverend Al Sharpton for an hour, Sharpton announced on Twitter on Friday morning. Cohen responded to Sharpton’s tweet minutes later, saying there wasn’t anyone “better to talk to!” “Just spent an hour w/ Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney,” Sharpton, the host of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” tweeted Friday morning. “I bet you’re wondering what we could be talking about! Stay tuned.” “I have known Rev for almost 20 years,” Cohen responded. “No one better to talk to!” Cohen is the focus of a criminal investigation in the Southern District of New York into whether he violated campaign-finance laws, committed bank fraud and/or wire fraud, engaged in illegal lobbying, or participated in other crimes. The FBI raided Cohen’s home, hotel room, and office in April, seizing more than 4 million documents. At the center of Cohen’s troubles is a $130,000 hush-money payment he facilitated weeks before the 2016 presidential election to porn star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to keep her from talking about her allegation of a 2006 affair with Trump. The FBI sought documents related to that payment and other similar agreements with women. Trump, Cohen, and the White House denied that an affair took place. Originally, Cohen said Trump did not reimburse him for the payment. In May, Trump admitted to paying back his lawyer for the cost. Cohen has split with Trump dramatically in recent weeks. During an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that was published earlier this month, Cohen said his family “and this country” have his “first loyalty.” Cohen also split with his legal team and hired a pair of new attorneys. Cohen’s defense will now be guided by Guy Petrillo, a partner at Petrillo Klein & Boxer who has extensive experience in the Southern District of New York and is the kind of lawyer a person would choose if they were seeking to cut a deal with prosecutors, experts told Business Insider. In addition, Cohen brought on Lanny Davis, notable for his work as a lawyer and representative for President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

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July 22, 2018  Tags:   Posted in: Al Sharpton  Comments Closed

Michael Cohens Meeting With Al Sharpton Was Intended To …

3:53 PM 07/21/2018 Chuck Ross | Reporter Former Trump attorney Michael Cohens meeting on Friday with Al Sharpton was intended to send a signal to the president, the civil rights activist says. Out of all the people he could reach out to, reaching out to me is sending a signal to Mr. Trump and I think, probably, to prosecutors that he was not one who would not deal with someone who has been fighting Donald Trump for decades on social justice issues, Sharpton said in an interview on MSNBC on Friday. WATCH: Sharpton and Cohen met at a restaurant for over an hour on Friday morning, shortly before news broke that months before the 2016 election, Cohen secretly recorded a two-minute conversation with Trump regarding Karen McDougal, a Playboy playmate who allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2006. The Washington Post reported that Cohen suggested purchasing the rights to McDougals story from AMI, the parent company of the National Enquirer. AMI paid McDougal $150,000 in August 2016 for her story. According to The Post, Trump is mostly silent in the recording. At one point he asked Cohen how the payment would be made. I received a text from him saying he wanted to meet, Sharpton said on Saturday. We met at a public restaurant and we spoke for over an hour. He was very troubled and felt in many ways cast wrongly. And I feel he was saying that he had been abandoned by Mr. Trump, Sharpton continued, adding: He was adamant that he was opposed to things that Mr. Trump was doing. Sharpton tweeted about his meeting with Cohen shortly after it ended. Just spent an hour w/ Michael Cohen, Trumps former attorney, Sharpton wrote. I bet youre wondering what we could be talking about! Stay tuned. Cohen confirmed the meeting, writing that I have known Rev for almost 20 years. No one better to talk to! Trump blasted his former attorney in an early-morning tweet on Saturday. Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyers office (early in the morning) almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client totally unheard of & perhaps illegal, he wrote. (RELATED: Perhaps Illegal: Trump Rails Against Cohen For Taping His Private Conversations) The U.S. Attorneys Office in Manhattan is reportedly investigating Cohen over his business dealings and possible campaign finance violations. Cohens payments to women are reportedly a part of the investigation. Just before the 2016 election, Cohen paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels, an adult film star who also allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2006. The FBI raided Cohens home, office and hotel room on April 9. Follow Chuck on Twitter

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July 22, 2018  Tags:   Posted in: Al Sharpton  Comments Closed

Al Sharpton: Cohen is ‘sending a signal’ to Trump

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Donald Trump is definitely my enemy, and hes gotbillions more enemies on this planet. Good God, Ive never felt so loved. Of course, if recent reports can be believed, it looks like we all have a new friend in erstwhile Trump fixer Michael Cohen. And Al Sharpton, who has known Cohen for yearsbut islight-years distant from him ideologically, is a new friend of his, too. Sharpton had a sit-down withCohen recently … at a restaurant in full view of the public. And Sharpton thinksthe encounter was fraught with meaning. From The Hill: I received a text from him saying he wanted to meet, Sharpton said. We met at a public restaurant and we spoke for over an hour. He was very troubled and felt in many ways cast wrongly. And I feel he was saying that he had been abandoned by Mr. Trump,” Sharpton continued, adding: He was adamant that he was opposed to things that Mr. Trump was doing. Sharpton told [Ali] Velshi that Cohen’s decision to sit down with the MSNBC host known for his work in the civil rights movement was a “signal” to Trump andRobert Mueller’s special counsel investigation that he was not in lock-step with his former boss. Out of all the people he could reach out to, reaching out to me is sending a signal to Mr. Trump and I think, probably, to prosecutors that he was not one who would not deal with someone who has been fighting Donald Trump for decades on social justice issues,” he said. Can there be any doubtthat Cohen is ready to flip on Trump? And if he does, is there any doubt it would be very, very bad for Trump? Stay tuned. This rigged witch hunt is getting more and more entertaining by the day. *** Yo!Dear F*cking Lunatic: 101 Obscenely Rude Letters to Donald Trumpby Aldous J. Pennyfarthingis now available atAmazon!Buy there (or at one of theother fine online retailers carrying it), or be square.

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July 22, 2018  Tags:   Posted in: Al Sharpton  Comments Closed

Rev. Al Sharpton Gave Himself A $437,555 "Bonus" | The …

JUNE 13–The not-for-profit social justice organization headed by Rev. Al Sharpton paid the New York activist a whopping $437,555 bonus–on top of his $250,000 salary–according to the groups most recent tax return submitted to the Internal Revenue Service. The hefty payment to Sharpton was revealed in a filing by the National Action Network, the Harlem-based group Sharpton founded nearly 25 years ago. The organizations 2016 tax return, which Sharpton signed in November 2017, disclosed the one-time bonus to the 63-year-old civil rights leader. According to its tax return, the National Action Network works within the spirit and tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. and promotes an agenda that includes an equal standard of justice and decency for all people regardless of race. Sharpton, who serves as the groups president and CEO, spends an average of 40 hours a week working for the organization, according to the tax return. The Christian activist social justice organization has 34 employees and 125 volunteers and reported $5.821 million in revenue in 2016 (the most recent year for which financial records have been made public). Expenses for 2016 totaled $5.817 million. Sharptons 2016 base salary was $250,000. The bonus payment ballooned his total compensation to $687,555. In justifying the bonus, the National Action Network–which Sharpton controls–told the IRS that, over the past 25 years, Sharpton had periodically declined compensation to ensure that the organization had sufficient operating funds to fulfill its payroll obligations and maintain ongoing operations. The organization added that it had previously received the services of the President and CEO without fully compensating for his services. Additionally, the group recognizes that it did not offer any retirement or benefit package to the President and CEO in contrast to most peer organizations that do offer retirement or benefit packages. In a move to rectify this purported shorting of Sharpton, the organization provided him with a “one-time bonus” of $437,555. This retroactive payout was meant to address prior compensation that was declined or not fully compensated. The tax return offers no specifics as to how the $437,555 figure was arrived at or whose idea the payment was. In fact, the organization itself noted that its Board/Executive Committee recognizes that developing a formal approach to compensating the President and CEO…would be an appropriate action to take at this time. To that end, the group reported commissioning a comparability study with regard to the compensation of Sharpton and Michael Hardy, the Sharpton sidekick who serves as the organizations $150,000-a-year general counsel. Until recent years, the National Action Networks finances were a shambles, thanks to Sharptons mismanagement of the group. At one point, the organization owed federal, state, and city tax authorities nearly $2 million for unpaid payroll taxes and related penalties and interest. Subsequent negotiations with the IRS substantially cut the groups federal debt. In 2015, a payroll tax liability of nearly $800,000 was wiped from the organizations balance sheet. The organizations finances were once so precarious that Sharpton himself lent the National Action Network hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to the 2016 tax return, the groups debt to its founder is now only $4056. In addition to his compensation, Sharptons hefty expenses–first class air travel, luxury hotels, and a chauffeured car–are covered by the National Action Network. While Sharpton has an office at the groups leased Harlem headquarters, he often works from a midtown Manhattan office rented by the not-for-profit. Until his August 2015 demotion, Sharpton hosted a daily show on MSNBC. His PoliticsNation program now airs on Sundays at 8 AM. (3 pages)

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