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Rev. Al Sharpton speaks out on police misconduct in W. Memphis

Hundreds of people, including the Reverend Al Sharpton, gathered in West Memphis to dedicate a permanent memorial to DeAunta Farrow.

They also met to create a local chapter of the National Action Network, a group headed by Sharpton.

And dozens gathered hoping their presence alters what they call an unfair atmosphere.

A chant bounced of the walls of a tiny room in West Memphis. They cheered, "No juctice in West Memphis. No peace in West Memphis."

"We've been hearing a lot of talk about a pattern of police misconduct as well as a pattern of problems," said Sharpton.

Reverend Al Sharpton was drawn to West Memphis shortly after June 22nd, when 12-year-old DeAunta Farrow was shot and killed by a police officer.

Since then, others have stepped forward to make allegations of police mistreatment.

Sharpton says they're just asking to be treated fairly and with respect.

"Because I had an incident. One of my kids, they just took his bike for no reason," said Rennett Barrett. 

All of the people gathered had the same request. They came demanding change. They argued they're not getting what they pay for.

"We pay for law enforcement to protect us. Pay for prosecutors to protect us, pay for the court system to protect us. Why are we looked upon as looking for favors or special privileges when we're only asking for what others get," said Sharpton.

It was a request that left some in West Memphis on edge.

Some Mid-Southerners say Sharpton's presence and the continued media coverage is keeping the city from moving on. Others argue, it shouldn't move on just yet.


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