Sharpton Teams Up With Cops to Stop Guns

Friday, Nov 19, 2010  |  Updated 1:31 PM EDT
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Sharpton Teams Up With Cops to Stop Guns

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Reverend Al Sharpton

The Rev. Al Sharpton and New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly are teaming up to help get guns off city streets.

The pair held a press conference Friday. The civil rights activist said he'll do all he can to help the NYPD stem gun violence.

Kelly said 73 percent of the shooting victims are black.

Shooting incidents are up this year. So far there have been 1,590 victims of gun violence reported.

Sharpton has been a longtime critic of the NYPD. But he says it's important to stop gun violence in the black community.

He plans to promote the NYPD's Gun Stop program. It offers a reward to anyone who brings in a weapon — no questions asked.
 

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