Rev. Al Sharpton continually uses tricky words, rewrites history, and refuses to retract his assertions that a gang of White males in 1987 assaulted a 15-year-old Black girl, which a grand jury later determined to be untrue. The grand jury assembled to examine the rape charges found that the claims were bogus, but Sharpton said that Brawley “ought to have her day in court.”
Finding out if there is a reason to go to court is the primary duty of the grand jury. Sharpton doesn’t care. He wants a liar, as the grand jury had already determined Brawley was, to receive some unique form of justice carved out, especially for her.
Sharpton said, “A grand jury is not a trial.” As a guest on the PBS program “Firing Line,” Sharpton expanded on the contentious allegations he made in the infamous Tawana Brawley case. When asked whether his perspective of the case had changed over 35 years, Sharpton said, “Absolutely not,” to Margaret Hoover, the host.
The civil rights leader and former unsuccessful presidential candidate has claimed that the Brawley case should have gone to trial rather than being ruled a hoax by a grand jury. If Sharpton “feels” he was not lied to, the grand jury got it wrong. He’s a one-man grand jury. “I have no proof that I was misled,” said Sharpton.
Sharpton, who rose to fame as a young preacher in Brooklyn, New York, criticized the unfairness of the criminal justice system. Sharpton said to Hoover, “There’s a famous statement from a court in New York: You can indict a ham sandwich if you want to.
After Brawley said she was reportedly raped in the woods by many White males in Wappingers Falls, New York, the public was startled by the rape charges, which also helped bring Sharpton to national attention.
She said that racial epithets had been inscribed on her body and that she had been left wrapped in a plastic bag coated with excrement.
It’s been long determined that Brawley wrote the epithets herself and faked other evidence after she missed a curfew visiting her boyfriend, who was in prison.