Group criticizes Al Sharpton for organizing protests of Olango shooting

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SAN DIEGO — Two directors with the Center for Urban Renewal and Education said they came to San Diego to criticize how Reverend Al Sharpton and his National Action Network have been misleading protesters since Alfred Olango was killed in September.

An investigation was underway into the fatal police shooting of Olango, a 38-year-old black man at an El Cajon strip mall, a shooting that prompted bitter protests from members of the public who believe the suspect’s race may have played a role.

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They claim Sharpton and his organization are “seeking to race-bate and divide,” instead of seeking solutions.

“Organizations like that at times have been known bring about chaos and challenge the situation with divisiveness,” said Rev. Derek McCoy, National Director for Clergy Relations at the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE).

Read more: Religious leaders to pray for peace in El Cajon

But the National Action Network defended its work.

“We are actually the ones bringing the peace, I want to ask them how are they responding when people are getting killed in the streets, what is their response, we’re not stirring the pot, we’re challenging the system,” said Shane Harris, Director of the local chapter of the National Action Network.

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