Incoming NYPD Commissioner Complies With Sharpton's 'Demand' For Sit-Down

Incoming NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea went to Reverend Al Sharpton’s anti-police National Action Network headquarters.

Manhattan, NY – Incoming New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Dermot Shea went to Reverend Al Sharpton’s anti-police National Action Network (NAN) headquarters to listen to his complaints about the city’s police force last week.

The hourlong sit-down also included attorneys and several clergy members, WABC reported.

"Great opportunity, great discussion here today," Commissioner Shea told reporters after the meeting.

“I think a very productive discussion, areas of concern, and really, a first step in having a collaborative relationship moving forward, making sure that the police department is the police department for all," he said.

The soon-to-be commissioner said that the meeting with Sharpton was the “first step” in establishing a “collaborative relationship,” according to a NAN press release.

"It's very fitting that I'm here, I think, because I am the police commissioner to-be, of not the police department but of all New York, of 8.5 million New Yorkers,” he told reporters, according to WABC.

The NAN said that Sharpton “demanded an immediate meeting with Shea” following the announcement of his appointment as the police commissioner.

Sharpton said he plans to continue giving Commissioner Shea his input on a regular basis in the future.

"We agreed on some issues. We disagreed on others. And we said we are going to disagree, but we are going to dialogue,” he said, according to the NAN. “We are not going to tell you what you want to hear, we are going to tell you what you need to hear.”

Despite his sit-down with the incoming police commissioner, Sharpton said he still plans to speak with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to find out why he didn’t appoint First Deputy Commissioner Ben Tucker as the agency’s next top cop.

Sharpton said he was surprised to learn that the deputy commissioner, who is black, wasn’t promoted.

“First and foremost, we expressed to the soon-to-be commissioner that we were very concerned and surprised that Ben Tucker had been overlooked to be commissioner,” Sharpton told reporters, according to the New York Daily News. “Because of him [Shea] being chosen at a time when we felt Mr. Tucker had been overlooked for the second or third time, he comes with a sort of awkwardness that he inherits.”

New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman said she believes Commissioner Shea understands that the black community does not trust law enforcement.

“This is a symbolic statement by the new commissioner of concern about policing about the black community and that’s an important statement,” Lieberman told the New York Daily News. “We know he is both inheriting low crime rates but low community trust, and I appreciate that he recognizes that as a problem.”

The incoming police commissioner’s term will begin on Dec. 1, according to WABC.

Comments (26)
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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

As much as many would like Sharpton to crawl back under his rock (or simply pay all the taxes he owes), he is a vocal pain in the butt that the incoming NYPD brass needs to listen to. Otherwise, the MSM would run constant coverage about how the new NYPD commish is racist because he wanted to focus on running the NYPD instead of having a sitdown with a racebaiter.

Sharpton does have a good question (even a broken clock is right twice a day): why wasn't Ben Tucker elevated to commissioner? One would think that the first deputy was more than qualified to be promoted to commissioner, and if he wasn't, than why is he still in his current position? And how was the Chief of Detectives more qualified than the deputy commissioner?

JBoH
JBoH

Has Sharpton paid his delinquent income taxes yet? Just curious.

LEO0301
LEO0301

As I read this story I quickly realized that I never had the ability to be a police chief. I could never sit down with someone like Sharpton. He has no credibility in my mind. To play nice in order to placate a small segment of society is not something I'm capable of.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

What a way to start a meeting “ First and foremost, we expressed to the soon-to-be commissioner that we were very concerned and surprised that Ben Tucker had been overlooked to be commissioner”

2jazzyj
2jazzyj

''The NAN said that Sharpton “demanded an immediate meeting with Shea” . You think that Frank Reagan would jump if you said jump? Not a chance!!

''Sharpton said he was surprised to learn that the deputy commissioner, who is black, wasn’t promoted.'' No affirmative action this time racist!

Tm909098
Tm909098

The commissioner just needs to meet Sharpton with a few feet of rope. It is getting close to Christmas so Sharpton hanging from a tree would really make it a holly, jolly Christmas.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Sharpton and Jesse have a good gig going. Any situation that has an ounce of disgruntled black Americans, they throw fuel on the ashes hoping to create a blazing fire. Then they shakedown anyone they can and they use it as an opportunity to raise donations for their non profits which in turn pay them millions. Somehow crooked Al doesn’t pay his taxes on time but that’s ok, he may have friends at the IRS too.

Hillary and Bill do it too but they had far reaching influence through the presidency and state department which translates to bigger donations. They bribed foreign diplomats, foreign leaders, the FBI, the CIA, the media, and even Obama.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Why do people give this yo-yo thief any credence at all? Why they deserve NOTHING! Don't give people like this who love to cause problems with the police the time of day! Make them go away by not giving them anything!

Raymelson
Raymelson

Al Sharpton should be the first one he locks up

vwiles34
vwiles34

I'd have had to decline his " Demand " for a sit-down. And told him he could make an appointment to meet once he was actually in office in December.

DNW
DNW

To be honest, I have a trust issue with the Reverend and his organization.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Sharpton..he is slime..never forget the Brawley case..

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Tell Shea he is the commissioner for NYPD and the 40,000 or so officers, that's it. He does not control the remaining 8,360,000 idiots who live in that hell hole.

Janken
Janken

If a black kid is taught from the kid is born to hate police. WHAT THE HELL IS THAT KID GOING TO DO.?????? Geez one plus one is two. Kid hates cops. Kids. Follow in their parents footsteps. They steal. The kid steals. It's called to them ENTITLEMENT. WHAT ENTITLEMENT???????? BECAUSE. Never was an excuse, never will be