Sharpton: Detroit girl’s death is ‘breaking point’

· Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton gave the eulogy Saturday for a 7-year-old girl killed in a police raid, challenging the hundreds of mourners to take responsibility and help stop a spiral of violence that has swept the city.

· Sharpton lobbed some criticism at Detroit police, whose explanation of how Aiyana Stanley-Jones died from a gunshot has been contradicted by the girl's family.

· But he mostly offered a broad cultural message to a city where at least three children and an officer have been killed in recent weeks.

o "I'd rather tell you to start looking at the man in the mirror. We've all done something that contributed to this. This is it. This child is the breaking point."

· The congregation stood and applauded Sharpton, the final speaker at a nearly two-hour service that included stirring gospel music and remarks from clergy at Second Ebenezer Church.

· Aiyana was shot in the neck while sleeping on a couch May 16.


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Comment by Mark in the ATL on May 25, 2010 at 3:58pm
I hear that the TV show "The First 48" was on the scene at the time of this shooting. Was this cop trying to get his 15 minutes? These trigger happy cops need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Comment by MLM Diva on May 25, 2010 at 8:50am
A Detroit Police Officer was killed just six days before this little girl's would have been just as appropriate for Al Sharpton to preach the exact same sermon at his funeral..........dividing a city and its police department is NOT the answer to end this epidemic of violence that controls Detroit.
Comment by Roseta on May 25, 2010 at 7:44am
My heart breaks for this child.. I pray the truth will come out. she deserves that..
Comment by Darrell Joyce on May 25, 2010 at 5:39am
Good Ole, Al. He knows exactly where and when to show up, doesn't he? There is a criminal element to this, as well as a level of police negligence. Why were the police in that area, and why did the shootout occur? If your neighbor fires at the police, then run across your lawn, and a stray bullet hits your house, would your house have a bullet in it if your neighbor hadn't shown is ass? Often, cops don't shoot unless given reason or provoked.
Comment by Candy on May 24, 2010 at 10:17pm
It breaks my heart to hear of another black child or any child killed in the safety of their home. Where does it end?


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