Al Sharpton calls for community summit on policing

Al Sharpton
FILE - In this May 2, 2015 file photo, a portrait of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. hangs on the wall behind the Rev. Al Sharpton as he speaks during a rally at the National Action Network, in New York. Sharpton is losing his daily show on MSNBC, with the network saying Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, that he’ll be downshifted to the weekend. Sharpton’s “Politics Nation” aired on weeknights at 6 p.m. EDT for the past four years at the ratings-challenged news network (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – The Rev. Al Sharpton is calling for a community summit on policing following the fatal police shooting of a mentally ill woman in New York City.

He said Saturday at his weekly action rally that a summit with the police commissioner and others must be held “within days” because “these things keep happening.”

The 66-year-old victim, Deborah Danner, was shot at her Bronx apartment after she threatened a police sergeant with a bat.

The police commissioner and mayor have condemned the shooting. They say the sergeant had a stun gun but didn’t use it.

Sharpton says authorities can’t call it wrong without saying what is going to be done to prevent it from happening again.

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