Chicago 2016 Update: Al Sharpton to Chicago committee – Fight police brutality or risk Olympic bid

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According to a story in today’s Chicago Tribune, Rev. Al Sharpton seems to be taking his war on Chicago’s police brutality to an international level.

Sharpton is demanding the city show evidence of “rampant police brutality,” and if it doesn’t, he says he’ll lobby the International Olympic Committee to not pick Chicago as the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

“There has not been a real response, in terms of a concrete, this-is-what-we’re-going-to-do” plan, Sharpton said in the article. “The mayor cannot go around the world acting like it’s a beautiful city to come to when we’ve got this glaring problem.”

Patrick Sandusky, spokesman for the Chicago 2016 committee, declined to comment. Personally, I think the committee will issue some sort of statement in the near future, saying the Chicago bid is strong enough to withstand any sort of lobbying efforts made by Sharpton.

But what do I know?


  1. Katie

    While I certainly want Chicago to get the bid I have to give some props to Al for putting the brutality issue out there for the world audience…

  2. Daniel

    Yeah, but I wouldn’t be surprised if his efforts fizzled out by next month. He tends to be a bit self-indulgent, especially when listening to the sound of his own voice.

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