NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Rev. Al Sharpton welcomed Mayor Bill de Blasio to his annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, making it a point to say it’s a mayoral tradition.
As CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, it was the first time Mayor de Blasio appeared in public with Sharpton since a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the Eric Garner apparent chokehold case.
“Mature people know you can disagree without being disagreeable,” Sharpton said at the National Action Network headquarters in Harlem, 1010 WINS’ Derricke Dennis reported.
De Blasio has faced criticism, most notably from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, for being too close to Sharpton. The police union has claimed Sharpton has fanned the flames of anti-police sentiment, as has de Blasio.