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Unfolding Sharpton snitch scandal could overshadow Yee allegations

Barack Obama and Al Sharpton proudly pledge “No justice, no peace,” unless their political, social, racial and economic demands are met.
Barack Obama and Al Sharpton proudly pledge “No justice, no peace,” unless their political, social, racial and economic demands are met.
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Accusations by a drug trafficker and former longtime associate of Al Sharpton, that the preacher willingly pursued FBI sting operation drug deals, are casting doubts on the excuse that the motivation was because of “threats from the mob,” and indicate an irreconcilable disconnect from Sharpton’s advocacy for activism, a Saturday story in The New York Post reports.

“It was greed. He just wanted money,” Robert Curington told The Post in an exclusive interview, providing “a detailed account of how Sharpton wined and dined a man he thought was a South American drug lord.”

If the allegations bear out, they will establish a sharp departure from Sharpton’s public positions regarding violent crime endemic in the illicit drug trade. As a leading advocate for “gun control,” proof of Curington’s story would show Sharpton contributing to a violent criminal underworld that relies on “illegal” guns to enforce its operations. It would also compound alleged injustices that some, including Sharpton, have characterized as disproportionate prosecutions and incarceration of minorities.

Corroboration could cause allegations against anti-gun California State Senator Leland Yee, for attempting to broker illegal arms deals, to pale in comparison, particularly since Sharpton is a national figure with the ear of the administration and a national voice via his opinion show on MSNBC.

One area where accusations of hypocrisy against Sharpton would need to be qualified is in his becoming an informant for law enforcement, as he has long been an advocate of participating in anonymous snitch for money programs, at least when it comes to reporting guns to the police. That said, if Curington’s allegations pan out, it would be fair to question who is made safer by Sharpton’s influential demands for citizen disarmament, urban minorities disproportionately affected by drug trade-related violence, or the gangsters and cartels who prey on them.

Assuming their sting activities are over so the FBI can no longer dismiss inquiries using an "ongoing investigation" excuse, this would appear to be the type of law enforcement operation that cries for oversight hearings. If Sharpton did what Curington alleges, and if he was given a pass due to political connections, it would be in the public interest to determine why, who authorized it, and if anyone in the administration through the Department of Justice had a hand in ensuring no charges would be filed.

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