New video footage released by conservative activists’ James O’Keefe’s organization Project Veritas shows the daughter of Eric Garner, the man who died after being put in a choke-hold by Staten Island police officers, saying that Rev. Al Sharpton is “about the money.”
Erica Garner, who has become a passionate champion for social change following the death of her father, accused Sharpton and his National Action Network (NAN) of “attacking” her for not giving them credit; and trying to capitalize on her father’s death.
“Instead of me, he wants his face in front of them,” said Garner of Sharpton.
Also, Garner said Sharpton has made her feel as though she is being taken advantage of, saying “Al Sharpton paid for the funeral. She’s [Cynthia Davis, President of the Staten Island Chapter of NAN] trying to make me feel like I owe them.”
But, it is not just Garner’s family members stating concerns over Sharpton’s involvement with cases of alleged police brutality across the country.
O’Keefe also caught up with Tracy Martin, the father of the late Trayvon Martin, at a banquet for the Trayvon Martin Foundation. Martin distanced himself from Sharpton in the footage, saying “he’s on his own personal mission.”
Troy Wright, the President and Executive Director of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, further distanced Martin’s family and the Martin Foundation from Sharpton.
When asked about Sharpton and NAN, Wright told Project Veritas, “that’s a sore subject with us right now.” All traces of Sharpton and NAN have recently been removed from the Foundation’s website.
O’Keefe’s team also spoke with prominent leaders in Ferguson, who were sharply critical of Sharpton. Bishop Calvin Scott, whose personal dealings with Sharpton in the aftermath of the Michael Brown tragedy left him critical of the MSNBC host, told Project Veritas that he “incites people for the wrong reason,” that he gets people “all fired up,” and that is “not the way you want to go.”
Bishop Scott went as far as to place partial blame on Sharpton for inciting violence in Ferguson, saying “when you have a fuse that is already lit, you don’t need to add no more fire to it.”
When asked if Sharpton used the Michael Brown controversy to raise money, Bishop Scott told a Project Veritas journalist “you’re not the first person to raise that question… someone in the higher up that even mentioned… the history of an Al Sharpton, and an organization such as him, and they emphatically stated that… for them, knowing their history, it’s about money.”
Stacy Garner (no relation to Eric or Erica Garner) of Ferguson Christian Church told another member of O’Keefe’s team that he believed Sharpton was exploiting the Michael Brown tragedy for his own profit and that “instead of bringing us together, I think he was drawing us apart.”
Watch all the footage here: