Speaking at the headquarters of his National Action Network yesterday, Rev. Al Sharpton compared the "smearing" of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager killed by Ferguson, MO police last weekend, with the NYPD's description of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man killed by a NYPD chokehold last month.

“It’s the epitome of an insult to the people of this country that law enforcement smear a young man before we can even bury him,” Sharpton said at a press conference for next weekend's protest of the NYPD, which will take place on Staten Island.

Sharpton was referring to Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson's statement that Brown had been a suspect in the theft of cigars only twenty minutes before he was shot and killed. The officer who shot him however was unaware that Brown was a suspect when he stopped him on the street.

Sharpton believes police in both cases released supposedly incriminating information about the two murdered men in an effort to discredit them.

"You put it out because you wanted to smear the name of the victim," Sharpton told reporters. "Have we lost our decency when we don't even let people mourn their loved ones without you trying to smear them with things that have nothing to do with the situation at hand?"

Sharpton called for peaceful protests before another night filled with conflicts between police and protesters on the streets of Ferguson, as the governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency.