The Rev. Al Sharpton blasted a report that Ferguson, Mo. Officer Darren Wilson told investigators he pulled the trigger in self-defense when he fatally shot unarmed teen Michael Brown.
“Darren Wilson said he was in fear of his life,” Sharpton said Saturday. “The only gun there was Darren Wilson’s.”
The New York Times reported Friday that Wilson told federal officials the 18-year-old shoved him into his SUV and grabbed for his gun on Aug. 9.
Sharpton didn’t buy it.
“You are asking me to believe that a young man that was shot and knew he didn’t have a gun ran back at you, in toward a gun that already shot him?” he asked at his National Action Network headquarters.
Sharpton also drew parallels between the Brown case and the death of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who died last July after cops placed him in a chokehold. He blamed officials for trying to influence public opinion on the cases. Evidence in both cases is being presented to grand juries to determine whether criminal charges should be filed.
“It is imperative, from Ferguson to Staten Island, that we let them know that we are not going to allow anything but a fair and just hearing of the evidence,” Sharpton said,