'SNL' Cold Open Takes on Eric Garner Decision

Al Sharpton had an unusual opinion on the viral photo of a Portland cop hugging a child

Al Sharpton had a lot to say about the Eric Garner decision on this week's Saturday Night Live cold open. 

Sharpton (Kenan Thompson) explained that the uproar over the grand jury's decision to not indict the police officer who killed Garner has led the public to finally take Sharpton's criticism of the legal system seriously.

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"This must be what it feels like to be Beyonce," Sharpton said.

Sharpton then invited a guest onto the show, only to not let him speak. A second guest told Sharpton that the the footage of Garner getting choked should have been filmed diagonally: "It's just more cinematic that way." 

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Finally, Sharpton showed the viral photo of the Portland cop who was, as Sharpton put it, "hugging a young Pharell Williams."

Host James Franco did not appear in the sketch. The episode's full recap can be seen here.

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