Sharpton on Chris Lane Murder: ‘I Protest When I’m Called In’

By Melanie Arter | August 23, 2013 | 4:19 PM EDT

Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC's 'Politics Nation.' (AP)

( – Rev. Al Sharpton said Thursday that he did not protest the murder of an Australian man who was gunned down in Oklahoma because no one called him and there was no racial motive.

“I protest when I’m called in and when there’s an injustice,” Sharpton said on his MNSBC show “PoliticsNation” in response to a viewer’s question of whether he would issue a statement regarding the murder of 22-year-old Christopher Lane, an Australian baseball player, who was shot in the back while jogging near his girlfriend’s home in Duncan, Okla.

Prosecutors say 15-year-old James Francis Edwards, Jr., was in the passenger seat of a car driven by 17-year-old Michael Dewayne Jones, and 16-year-old Chancey Allen Luna shot and killed Lane from the backseat.

All of three teens were arrested just hours after the shooting, Sharpton said.

“The three were arrested. There was nothing to protest. The system worked there,” he said.

“According to the Huffington Post, police say the victim was chosen at random and have not ascribed any racial motive to the killing. That doesn’t stop my friends over at Fox and Donald Trump and others saying, ‘Why isn’t Al Sharpton protesting this?’” he said.

“Not only did the police not say it was racial, one of the three were white, but you have people feeling that I wouldn’t go in, because it was three blacks that killed a white and no justice was done,” Sharpton said.

“If you get your information from the wrong source, you blame President Obama for the response to Hurricane Katrina,” Sharpton said.

President George W. Bush was president when Hurricane Katrina hit the United States.