An undercover video released late Monday by a conservative website pitted Eric Garner’s daughter against longtime police gadfly Rev. Al Sharpton.
Videotaped during a protest at Staten Island’s St. George Ferry in January, an unidentified woman tied to activist videographer James O’Keefe approached Garner’s daughter Erica Snipes to ask about Sharpton’s organization, the National Action Network.
“So, what, you think Al Sharpton is kind of like a crook in a sense?” the woman asked Snipes.
“He’s about this…,” Snipes said as she rubbed her fingers together.
“He’s about his money with you,” the woman said.
In an interview with the New York Post, Snipes denied what she said in the video.
Sharpton told the Post that O’Keefe’s video took advantage of Snipes.
“They’re splicing and dicing stuff together. It was a distortion,” Sharpton said. “Erica is a sincere victim. She was not trying to infer anything with me.”
The video, released by O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, is the latest project released by the conservative group. O’Keefe was arrested and sentenced to three years probation in 2010 for a sting gone wrong in Louisiana.
O’Keefe’s last known operation in New York City was in 2009, when he and a woman posed as a prostitute and pimp looking for advice at the now defunct ACORN offices in Brooklyn on how to operate a presumably illegal sex trade ring.
O’Keefe targeted the community organization for its role in voter registration drives in 2008 and helped set off a Republican-led dismantling of the organization by Congress despite various investigations determining ACORN broke no laws and misused no taxpayer money.
Sharpton, who paid for Eric Garner’s funeral after the Staten Island man from an alleged chokehold by an NYPD officer in July 2014, was a prominent presence in City Hall after Garner’s death and a grand jury’s refusal to indict the arresting police officers.