Rev. Al Sharpton Holds News Conference At National Action Network's Office

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To some, he is a polarizing figure. To others, he is a man who speaks forcefully for justice.

Rev. Al Sharpton will bring his message to Cleveland Friday night. Religious and civil rights leaders invited him.

He will be the keynote speaker at a 7:30 p.m. rally at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church.

An advisory said he will “call for unity and reform following the Brelo verdict and Department of Justice settlement” with the city to reform the police department.

Cleveland has stayed calm in the wake of a ruling that found Officer Michael Brelo innocent in the shooting deaths of unarmed Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams following a citywide chase.

There has been some tension. Unruly protesters were arrested downtown. But there’s been no burning, no violence like that which occurred in Ferguson and Baltimore.

Some wonder if Sharpton’s presence is needed.

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