Incoming NYPD Commissioner Meets With Sharpton, National Action Network

Rich Lamb
November 11, 2019 - 3:02 pm
Dermot Shea

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Incoming NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea sat down with the Reverend Al Sharpton and his National Action Network on Monday morning.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, the gathered black clergy members and civil rights leaders that were also in attendance didn’t exactly roll out the welcome mat for Shea, but the incoming commissioner remained hopeful.

“Great opportunity, great discussion here today,” Shea said. “I want to thank our hosts of all the reverends behind me for inviting me here for a brief discussion, I think was very productive.”

Sharpton was blunt about Shea being selected over the NYPD's African American First Deputy Commissioner, Benjamin Tucker.

“First and foremost, we expressed to the soon-to-be commissioner that we were all very concerned and surprised that Ben Tucker had been looked over,” Sharpton told reporters.

The civil rights leader notes that Shea comes into the position were a “certain kind of awkwardness” but added that while they might disagree, they are “going to dialogue.”

Shea's term as police commissioner is set to begin on December 1.