With the Trayvon Martin story, Al Sharpton may have found his key back into the limelight – or at least, he’s gambling what remains of his reputation on it as though he has. Now, Sharpton has involved his National Action Network in the controversy, and has threatened the city of Sandford, Florida, with increased civil disobedience if Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman, isn’t arrested soon. This could include boycotts and other economic “sanctions.” The Boston Herald reports:
“I will speak about how the National Action Network will move to the next level if Zimmerman isn’t arrested,” Sharpton said, who founded the organization. He added that it was the Martin family and lawyers who first asked him to get involved and nationalize this story.[...]
“Whether he (Zimmerman) had a swollen or broken nose, neither one means he had to take a 9 mm and kill someone,” he said. “It’s not about saying Zimmerman is innocent or guilty, this is about whether there was probable cause to arrest him.”
He criticized the way authorities have released information about the case and said they are setting a harmful precedent, he said.
Sharpton first made the warning in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel. Further details on this disobedience could come as soon as tomorrow. With Zimmerman’s story increasingly being called into question, Sharpton may well get his wish, though hopefully any arrest that does come will come not because of economic blackmail, but rather because of information uncovered by the grand jury.