Sharpton: Fla. Teen 'Could Be a Wake Up Call'
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The parents of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin met with U.S. Justice Department officials Thursday. They will also rally with civil rights activist Al Sharpton, who says 'you can't have a legal precedent where people apologize and walk away.' (March 22)


This video contains ONLY natural sound. No script is available.LAKE MARY, Fla.SOT: Rev. Al Sharpton: "Any time you have a pattern of engagement based on someone's having a particular group in mind, that qualifies for hate crime inquiry. And that is what we are going to be raising when we meet with Department of Justice officials when we meet with them today.SOT: Sharpton: "We are also going to ask for a thorough investigation of the Sanford Police Department. This police department, how they've handled this case and how we are hearing of other cases , needs a thorough review by the justice department. How do you have these kinds of practice and patterns and not be reviewed by the federal government."SOT: Sharpton: "I think a new chief should engage in dialogue with the community. The community is not the enemy. The community are the people you are serving. And there must be a working relationship. The community needs crime-solving. We are not pro-crime, but police brutality is criminal. And police coverup is criminal. And I think there must be dialogue, there must be joint projects, there must be communication and I think this could be a wake up call. But there must first be justice. We must know that when we are violated, people pay. Just like when we violate, we have to pay."SOT: Sharpton: (when asked about possible rioting) "I think there are a lot of anger, but I think they must respect the memory of this young man. And respect the parents that we do not become what they want. To act in any way violent, is then to play into the stereotype that Zimmerman was projecting. We must show we are not what he suspected, not confirm it."SOT Sharpton: (talking about Zimmerman apologizing, if he does) "Yeah he should apologize. But he should also be prosecuted and pay for it. You can't have a legal precedent where people apologize and walk away."(****END****) VIDEO PRODUCER: Nicole Grether---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: AP-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: ----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: none----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): none--------------------------------