The ex-wife and daughter of Rev. Al Sharpton shouted obscenities at cops before they were cuffed after a traffic stop in Harlem, according to police reports. When Dominique Sharpton, 23, was pulled over for running a red and crossing a double yellow while passing a slow-moving unmarked police car on Oct. 30, she purportedly told officers: "This is f------ bull---- ... You were driving too slow. I have a play to go to ... Get the f--- off me! You can't harass me! Why the f--- am I getting a summons?"
At some point, Sharpton called her mother, Kathy Jordan, 53, who arrived at West 110th Street and Eighth Avenue and reportedly stated: "Why the f--- are you locking her up? ... Get your f------ hands off her." The obscene quotes came to light as Sharpton and Jordan appeared in court yesterday over their charges of resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, obstructing governmental administration, and harassment. Their lawyer, Michael Hardy, unsuccessfully attempted to convince the judge to dismiss the charges by arguing that their rants should be protected by the first amendment. "Since when does a verbal objection become criminal in America?" he said.
When the officers decided to arrest the women, the situation became more physical, according to cops. Sharpton allegedly "flailed her arms" to avoid being cuffed and "pushed her feet against the police vehicle to resist being placed inside said vehicle," creating a "public disturbance." Jordan purportedly "grabbed the handcuffs" from a Housing Authority sergeant and "twist[ed] her body away from police officers." The two are due back in court on Jan. 19. For his part, Rev. Al Sharpton has kept mostly out of the conflict, though he wrote on Twitter earlier this month: "I cannot imagine how two unarmed women with no record, could be taken in cuffs from a traffic dispute with NO personal or property damage involved."