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The Rev. Al Sharpton visited Pittsburgh Tuesday evening to attend the 65th Annual NAACP Human Rights Dinner. This year’s dinner carried the theme of “A Bright Light in Dark Times” and featured awards and honors for several area leaders including Bill Strickland, Rep. Summer Lee and many more. “Pittsburgh is the second-largest branch of the NAACP in the state of Pennsylvania,” said Joan Duvall-Flynn, the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference of Branches president. Sharpton sat down with WTAE reporter Beau Berman for an interview ahead of his speech at the dinner. Sharpton, a former White House adviser for President Obama, immediately stated his displeasure with President Trump. “We’re facing so many setbacks by this administration in voting rights, in criminal justice, including police brutality, where we watched from around the country what happened here with Antwon,” Sharpton said. Sharpton, mentioning Antwon Rose II, who was shot and killed by Officer Michael Rosfeld in June 2018, igniting months of racially charged protests, debate, and ultimately a controversial court verdict when Rosfeld was found not-guilty. “What happened to Rose is atrocious and a to let that police officer go with that kind of evidence seems unjustifiable, but so was Trayvon and so were others. We cannot fight and quit. We’ve got to keep fighting, otherwise we’re all at risk,” Sharpton said. He shared his advice for those in Pittsburgh who were upset by the Rosfeld verdict and way the laws are currently written. “They’ve got to keep fighting and they cannot let one case stop them from reforming the laws and accountability. You have got to understand, it took nine years from the Montgomery Bus Boycott to get the civil rights act in 64. You don’t go by one case. You go by what the cause is,” Sharpton said. Just over a week since his meeting with 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg in New York and after Joe Biden rallied his supporters in Pittsburgh, Sharpton shared his opinion on the 2020 race. “I mean at this point the polls have Joe Biden up but it’s very early. I’ve talked to Joe Biden. I had most of the candidates at our national action network convention just five weeks ago and I think that the reality is you have the most diverse field of candidates we’ve every seen and the largest field … I think that people need to be deliberate and intentional in how they vote and at the end they should turn this country back around,” Sharpton said. Sharpton said he worked closely with the Obama Administration on things like policing, criminal justice reform and the economy. He said President Trump tried to “turn all of that another way.” Click play on the video player above to see the full report.

The Rev. Al Sharpton visited Pittsburgh Tuesday evening to attend the 65th Annual NAACP Human Rights Dinner.

This year’s dinner carried the theme of “A Bright Light in Dark Times” and featured awards and honors for several area leaders including Bill Strickland, Rep. Summer Lee and many more.

“Pittsburgh is the second-largest branch of the NAACP in the state of Pennsylvania,” said Joan Duvall-Flynn, the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference of Branches president.

Sharpton sat down with WTAE reporter Beau Berman for an interview ahead of his speech at the dinner. Sharpton, a former White House adviser for President Obama, immediately stated his displeasure with President Trump.

“We’re facing so many setbacks by this administration in voting rights, in criminal justice, including police brutality, where we watched from around the country what happened here with Antwon,” Sharpton said.

Sharpton, mentioning Antwon Rose II, who was shot and killed by Officer Michael Rosfeld in June 2018, igniting months of racially charged protests, debate, and ultimately a controversial court verdict when Rosfeld was found not-guilty.

“What happened to Rose is atrocious and a to let that police officer go with that kind of evidence seems unjustifiable, but so was Trayvon and so were others. We cannot fight and quit. We’ve got to keep fighting, otherwise we’re all at risk,” Sharpton said.

He shared his advice for those in Pittsburgh who were upset by the Rosfeld verdict and way the laws are currently written.

“They’ve got to keep fighting and they cannot let one case stop them from reforming the laws and accountability. You have got to understand, it took nine years from the Montgomery Bus Boycott to get the civil rights act in 64. You don’t go by one case. You go by what the cause is,” Sharpton said.

Just over a week since his meeting with 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg in New York and after Joe Biden rallied his supporters in Pittsburgh, Sharpton shared his opinion on the 2020 race.

“I mean at this point the polls have Joe Biden up but it’s very early. I’ve talked to Joe Biden. I had most of the candidates at our national action network convention just five weeks ago and I think that the reality is you have the most diverse field of candidates we’ve every seen and the largest field … I think that people need to be deliberate and intentional in how they vote and at the end they should turn this country back around,” Sharpton said.

Sharpton said he worked closely with the Obama Administration on things like policing, criminal justice reform and the economy. He said President Trump tried to “turn all of that another way.”

Click play on the video player above to see the full report.

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