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Eric Garner daughter accuses Al Sharpton of being 'all about the money' and 'egotistical' in secret video filmed by political activists

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  • Erica Snipes, 24, told undercover investigators with James O'Keefe's right-wing group Project Veritas that Sharpton was all about money 
  • Snipes also hit out at National Action Network's Staten Island chief Cynthia Davis for scolding her over lack of NAN's logo on Eric Garner flier 
  • Snipes has since denied he had claimed Sharpton was avaricious 
  • The MSNBC talk show host hit out at Project Veritas for exploiting a victim  

NYPD chokehold victim Eric Garner's daughter has called out civil rights leader Rev Al Sharpton for being obsessed with financial gain, according to a new undercover video released Monday. 

Erica Snipes, the daughter of Eric Garner who died in Staten Island last July after a New York City Police officer put him in a chokehold, aired her complaints about Rev Sharpton, the founder of the National Action Network, during a secretly recorded conversation with two conservative activists.

The undercover video was released online Monday by right-wing filmmaker James O'Keefe's group, Project Veritas.

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Erica Snipes, 24, told undercover investigators with James O'Keefe's right-wig group Project Veritas last month that Rev Al Sharpton was 'all about money'
The undercover video was released online Monday by right-wing filmmaker James O'Keefe's group, Project Veritas

Heart-to-heart: Erica Snipes, 24, told undercover investigators with James O'Keefe's right-wig group Project Veritas last month that Rev Al Sharpton was 'all about money' 

Harsh words: Snipes accused Cynthia Davis, director of the National Action Networks' Staten Island branch of lashing out at her for handing out fliers about the Garner case that did not feature the NAN logo

Harsh words: Snipes accused Cynthia Davis, director of the National Action Networks' Staten Island branch of lashing out at her for handing out fliers about the Garner case that did not feature the NAN logo

Snipes said because Sharpton's organization paid for her father's funeral (pictured), they were now trying to make it seem as if she owed them something 

Snipes said because Sharpton's organization paid for her father's funeral (pictured), they were now trying to make it seem as if she owed them something 

Video shows how Sharpton 'exploits tragedy for personal gain'
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The nearly 8-minute-long video also includes interviews with other African-American community leaders and activities, most of whom had something negative to say about Rev Sharpton.

O'Keefe's group caught up with Miss Snipes in January at a protest held at the St George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island.

'You think Al Sharpton is kind of like a crook in a sense?' one of the undercover investigators posing as an Eric Garner supporter asked Erica Snipes.

'He's about this,' Snipes replied rubbing her thumb and index finger together in a universal sign symbolizing money.

'He's about money with you?' the Project Veritas staffer asked, to which Snipes, 24, replied in the affirmative.

Walk-back: Snipes, 24, has since denied she had claimed that Rev Sharpton was greedy 

Sharpton, pictured outside of the Bethel Baptist Church before the funeral for Eric Garner on July 23, 2014, accused Project Veritas of exploiting Erica Snipes

Sharpton, pictured outside of the Bethel Baptist Church before the funeral for Eric Garner on July 23, 2014, accused Project Veritas of exploiting Erica Snipes

Eric Garner's eldest daughter then went on to criticize Cynthia Davis, director of the National Action Networks' Staten Island branch, claiming that Sharpton’s henchwoman once lashed out at her for handing out fliers about the Garner case that did not feature the NAN logo.

'Instead of me, he wants his face in front,' Snipes said in the video, referring to Sharpton.

She then added that because Sharpton's organization covered her father's funeral expenses in July, they were now trying to make it seem as if Snipes was indebted to them.

On Monday night, Ms Snipes denied in an interview with the New York Post that she had claimed Al Sharpton was grasping, but she did not back away from her criticism of Cynthia Davis,

On his part, Rev Sharpton, 60, accused James O'Keefe's conservative group of 'exploiting' Eric Garner's daughter, whom he described as a 'sincere victim.’

‘They’re splicing and dicing stuff together,’ he said. ‘It was a distortion.’

Mr Sharpton insisted that his organization, which is dedicated to helping small businesses and low-income families, does not take money from them.

The 60-year-old MSNBC talk show host also addressed the logo kerfuffle, explaining that NAN secures permits for rallies, and therefore requires that its symbol be featured on materials promoting events it sponsors. 

Bishop Calvin Scott, of Believers Temple in Ferguson, Missouri, accused Sharpton of inciting protesters 

Bishop Calvin Scott, of Believers Temple in Ferguson, Missouri, accused Sharpton of inciting protesters 

Darryl Parks, an attorney linked to the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown cases, conceded that 'there may be little truth to that', when asked if Sharpton was 'all about the money'

Darryl Parks, an attorney linked to the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown cases, conceded that 'there may be little truth to that', when asked if Sharpton was 'all about the money'

Sharpton, pictured speaking at the funeral service for Eric Garner, dismissed the undercover video as a'distortion' 

Sharpton, pictured speaking at the funeral service for Eric Garner, dismissed the undercover video as a'distortion' 

The Project Vertias moles also got an earful about Rev Sharpton's perceived shortcomings from activists involved in the Michael Brown shooting in Missouri and Trayvon Martin's killing in Florida.

'To some degree, he sort of incites people for the wrong reason,' Bishop Calvin Scott, of Believers Temple in Ferguson, Missouri, said in the video.

Darryl Parks, an attorney linked to the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown cases, conceded that 'there may be little truth to that', when asked if Sharpton was 'all about the money.'

On Monday night, Parks said his comments were taken out of context and insisted that he supports Sharpton.

Jean Petrus, a donor to the Trayvon Martin Foundation, sounded a similar note Monday, claiming that he was caught in an 'entrapment situation' when asked about Sharpton during a recent fundraiser.

In the undercover footage, Mr Petrus said of the civil rights leader: 'He knows how to make money and get money... They’re shakedown guys to me.'

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Comment by ernie on March 15, 2015 at 6:24pm

sharpton just about the money nawwwwwwwww lol.i could have told her that for free.

Comment by Big Shot... on March 9, 2015 at 4:52am

These things this girl is saying dont add up. Garner's mother and wife was just on live on the radio (WOLB in Baltimore, MD) last week, saying how Al Sharpton and the National Action Network is the only ones that actually came to help right away when called. And he not only paid for the man's funeral but hes made it clear to them by saying to them several times, "You dont have to worry about paying anything. We arent looking for anything from you or your family. We only want justice in this case", said Rev.Al, Garner's mother said. Hes been giving their services for free the whole time. Very interesting I would say. Gonna keep my eye on this for sure...

As for Al himself outside of this case, I understand nobody likes him because Ive watched him always being under fire since the Tawana Brawley case decades ago. In which that case was just a few brothers that where lawyers and where simply coming to the defense of a young black girl who they thought was telling the truth about being raped by some cops. We always need that, men that know to defend our people in this system. Its not really their fault that she lead everyone into it so far. Im sure if they all could do it over they would, but I dont think thats a reason to keep riding the man. My problem with this whole thing is every time this man is around, fighting for us, everyone jumps on him, including our people first. But hes the only one that Ive seen consistently trying to make a change, fighting for some kind of justice while everyone else stays silent. Where are all the other leaders with power, connections, knowledge to help out, groups or people with the strong resources, thats all I ask. If he had help, maybe changes wouldnt be coming at a snails pace, nor would we see him that much being that everyone has a problem with him.. This guy works on several cases at one time all year long from what I see, as well as speak on the problems going on, talking about how we are still being treated, hurt, killed and disrespected all over the country and even outside the country at times.. Hes also on TV, radio, marches, rally's, speaking at churches and making speeches at events while doing all of that other foot work.. I know hes not Jesus but hes surely not the worst thing black folks have going on. He appears to be the only one not afraid to stand up and speak out, why is that, where is everyone else?

Comment by Sh Miller on March 2, 2015 at 6:26pm
Don't Leh them school yuh don't Leh them fool yuh
Comment by alberta nollins on March 1, 2015 at 9:41pm

do not let them in your circles

Comment by Pearl Green on March 1, 2015 at 4:28am

Finally intelligent responses from people on CF.  Thats right get tired of being tired of being tired of our open enemy.  Let these crackers know we can not be easily divided by their devilish nature. These crackers always make effort to create a hostile environment around our leaders, get Black people to hate our Brother then it becomes easy to assassinate him, no one will retaliate against his murderers.    In fact dumb Blacks will yell kill.

This trick was used to create 9/11.  Couldn't use the military to steal all that oil, so conditions were made to create the environment of hate and justification.   Thus no one would oppose the unquestionable use of military, america scream kill, kill, kill and thats what the U.S. did took over oil rich innocent countries that posed absolutely no threat to the U.S., as we now know.    Also stole ten of billions of dollars in gold from multiple countries.   How long will we allow our open enemy to kill off our leaders?

We need a new Black agency.  The so called Jews have their ADL, we need an organized agency to counter these attack and crush our open enemy the same way the so called Jews do!

Comment by Pearl Green on March 1, 2015 at 4:11am

All I hear is crackers voices in the background asking divisive questions.     In a court of law these crackers voices in the background asking question would be objected under the violation of leading the witness.   F*** these crackers and all white people drop dead.   All white people are the original people enemy always have been and always will be.   Don't allow these crackers to mind f*** you!

Comment by conscious1 on February 25, 2015 at 5:51pm

@Incognito, Sounds more like you know a lot about "Pookie" so he must be YOUR RELATIVE.  Please hurry up and find him before he does something to you. 

White-on-white crimes need the attention of some public advocates too and I don't see any of the republicans or tea party members giving it the proper attention.  Maybe that's the reason white people are able to get away with killing us black folks so much.  Really, if they don't care about killing each other why care when whites kill blacks.  As a matter of fact the legacy of the white man is that of BARBARIANS,  But then again you are probably one of those black people who will start to spit the white man's statistics.....hmmmmm.

Comment by Big Woman on February 25, 2015 at 1:32pm
Listen y'all as @Brother Concious1 says its about divide & conquer and create a smokescreen to cloud up the issue about the MURDER OF ERIC GARNER at the hands of the police.
His daughter is being used to discredit not just Sharpton but the whole murder issue and create dissention among us..
Don't be fooled by toubob.
Comment by Incognito on February 25, 2015 at 1:14pm

As the great black philosopher said, "it's all about dollar bills, no Food Stamps". 

@ Vaughn... Regarding the IRS - you are ONLY locked up if you commit a crime.  Owing the IRS money, even if it's millions is NOT a crime.  Trying to cheat the IRS IS a crime, even if it's thousands....

BTW - the true test to all of this is how often is Al or Jessie out there protesting daily black on black crime.  Call up NAN and ask them to help you find Pookie who killed your relative...  You got a better chance of Pookie committing suicide...

Comment by conscious1 on February 25, 2015 at 1:05pm

Can't swear for Al Sharpton or any of the leaders that are thrown at the black community today, but one thing I'm certain will be our greatest defeat: DIVIDE AND CONQUER!!!!...Certain things should and needs to be discussed and dealt with in a black forum with various black leaders from every part of our community. We should not allow ourselves to be used by the media for their own personal dvide and conquer agenda where we black folks have nothing at all to gain and where we stand to be the greatest losers.

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