The Democrat said protecting civil rights and preventing crime do not have to be competing ideas.
Sen. Charles Schumer, who pushed the Drug Enforcement Administration for its creation, called it the first of its kind in the country.
The group will start work immediately and spend six months looking into whether crimes are being misclassified. It will review the department’s Compstat crime reporting system.
Sharpton and police Commissioner Ray Kelly on Friday announced they would host a summit on gun violence in December.