Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at a rally, Tuesday Apr. 26, 2011, at the Vineland Developmental Center. Gov. Chris Christie plans to close the center. (The Press of Atlantic City/Staff Photo by Michael Ein) Michael Ein

The Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network, will be in Atlantic City on Wednesday to discuss city issues at a unity rally and promote his new book, The Rejected Stone.

Steven L. Young, president of the South Jersey Atlantic City chapter of the National Action Network, said Sharpton’s visit coincides with the League of Municipalities Conference this week.

“You have the League of Municipalities here this week and all of the elected officials are in the city and the clergy are in the area, and we will be bringing them all together in a unified way,” Young said.

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Also on the agenda are what Young referred to as the city’s “police brutality issues.” Young said an example is the alleged June police beating of 20-year-old David Connor Castellani, of Linwood, by Atlantic City police officers in surveillance video footage outside Tropicana Casino and Resort.

Young the National Action Network has been asking for the Attorney General’s Office to investigate police brutality issues.

“The world knows about it. It’s the same thing going on in Camden, North Jersey and New Brunswick. Down here, that’s a human-rights issue and can happen to anyone in the country because it has happened in Atlantic City. It needs to be looked into,” Young said.

The rally will include the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association and State Sen. Ronald Rice, D-Essex, chairman of the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus.

The rally will be held Wednesday at Second Baptist Church, 110 Dr. Isaac Coles Plaza, Atlantic City. The rally is 8 to 10:30 a.m., with the book signing to follow.

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Worked as a reporter for various weekly newspapers in Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties before joining The Press many moons (and editors) ago as a business copy editor. Passionate about journalism, averse to serial commas.

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