Al Sharpton, Trayvon Martin attorney call for probe of cop's background
BATON ROUGE- Al Sharpton and lawyer Ben Crump called for a deeper investigation into a Baton Rouge Police officer who resigned after a WBRZ investigation revealed racially charged text messages were sent from his phone.
Sharpton, a well-known civil rights leader, and Crump, who represented the family of Trayvon Martin, were at Southern University for a presentation Thursday evening. They spoke about recent issues in Louisiana, including the text messages sent by a white police officer.
Part of the string of texts read, "They are nothing but a bunch of monkeys. The only reason they have this job is the n*****, n***** in them."
The texts also read, "I wish someone would pull a Ferguson on them and take them out. I hate looking at those African monkeys at work...I enjoy arresting those thugs with their saggy pants."
Sharpton asked: "How frightening is it that we live in a community inundated with crime and we have to be afraid of the cops and the robbers?" He added, "It is a shame and a disgrace if the texts had not come out he wouldn't have quit today. He'd be policing in our community."
The officer was identified as Michael Elsbury. Crump suggested an inquiry into all arrests and tickets he has written in his fifteen years on the force.
"His investigations and supervision should be vetted and reviewed to see if he applied those thoughts to the citizens of the community," Crump said.
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