Al Sharpton’s daughter’s birthday celebration ended with Ashley Sharpton facing charges for a bizarre, cruel crime.
Al Sharpton, the baptist minister and MSNBC figure, has been a controversial figure for years. According to Sharpton, even the weed industry is too white.
This time, though, it’s his daughter who’s making the news, not for her opinions, but for crime.
Ashley Sharpton was celebrating her 30th birthday with three friends in New York City.
Just before 1 a.m., she and her friends got into a cab, but all gave the driver different directions. The cab driver pulled over because the four couldn’t decide where they were going.
According to police sources, that’s when Ashley grabbed the driver’s keys from the ignition and got out of the vehicle. The cab driver also got out, demanding his keys back.
Sharpton then allegedly pushed and hit the driver, threw the keys, and left the scene.
Officers say they took her into custody on W. 46th St, and she now faces charges of petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.
Ashley told her father that they’re lying.
Happy Birthday to my youngest, Ashley. A strong black woman and committed activist. So proud to be your Dad. pic.twitter.com/ld7DyVA6CJ
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) September 8, 2017
New York Daily News reports:
“She told me it didn’t happen the way they said it happened but I can’t speak for a 30-year-old woman,” Rev. Al Sharpton told the Daily News. His daughter couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.
The clash began just before 1 a.m. on W. 48th St. and Ninth Ave.
[…] Sharpton, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, snatched his keys from the ignition, according to cops. She jumped out of the car and threw the keys – which the cabbie didn’t see.
The cab driver approached her, demanding his keys back, when she began shoving him, according to police sources.
Sharpton then ran off.
What an awful thing to do to someone.
Officers took Ashley into custody about two hours later. She was given a desk appearance ticket and sent home.
The charges come just months after protest-related disorderly conduct charges were dropped in Manhattan Criminal Court. The New York Post reported that the charges would be dropped “if they stayed out of trouble.”
Well, that didn’t happen.
The New York Post gives details about what the cab driver, Georges Coly, says happened:
Sharpton then snatched his keys out of the ignition and started “shaking [them] in my face saying, ‘I have the keys, I’m not leaving,’” Coly recalled.
The desperate cabbie asked one of her friends to talk some sense into her, but instead she started walking away.
“I followed her for over a block begging for my keys back and I had to step in front of her and ask,” Coly recalled. That’s when “she swung at my face and ended up punching me in the chest.”
“I don’t have your keys,” she allegedly spat before later admitting she chucked them.
Coly called the police who arrested Sharpton around 3 a.m. on West 45th Street and charged her with petty larceny.
Al Sharpton’s youngest daughter’s actions speak louder than her words ever could. Some thirty-year-old’s birthday doesn’t give her the right to bully people.
I only wonder what story Ashley had for her father, since “it didn’t happen the way they said it happened,” in this case, sounds a lot like, “It happened, but he deserved it, and it’s my special day.”