HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Reverend Al Sharpton was in Hartford Saturday for an event aimed at stopping violence in the city. The event comes after five people have been killed and others shot in the city since May 16.RELATED STORY:Rev. Al Sharpton to participate in Hartford rally, march
The “Movement To Stop The Violence & Cease the Killing!” began at the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church on Barbour Street with a community walk to the Shiloh Baptist Church on Albany Avenue, which passed sites where some of the recent violence has taken place. Sharpton led the group and spoke at an action rally following the march.
“I think the ready access to guns. I think the breakdown of the structures in our community,” said Sharpton. “I think there are those that have given up, and we’ve got to be just as focused on returning that hope and that self-esteem and that sense of respect for one another. That’s why I’m going to continue fighting for police reform, but I’m going to spend a lot of time dealing with street violence.”
At Mt. Moriah Baptist Church there were some tense moments when speakers at the altar began soliciting funds. At one point yelling erupted between Sharpton and what appeared to be another preacher who expressed his anger over the act. Sharpton said the money would be used to build a memorial in Hartford for those killed due to violence in the capital city. He himself pledged $1,000 towards the project.