An all-white, six-person jury later acquitted the police officers of criminal charges.
Outside the correction facility yesterday, Sharpton said, "There is a trend in this nation to stereotype people based on their music, dress, and friends. We have to do better than that."
In an effort to highlight Scott's merits, Sharpton noted that he is currently collaborating with a Jewish inmate on a book of essays and poems.
"Ray is turning a negative into a positive," he said.
Sharpton's summit will seek to examine the correlation between the hip-hop industry and violence.
Sharpton said he hopes that the image of hip-hop will be recreated as "socially responsible." He claims that hip-hop, "an urban artform and artstyle," is just trying become established as a viable part of American culture.
Sharpton said the legacy of the summit will be "to redirect a lot of young people, inspire young people, and to make a positive."
Ogletree was unavailable for comment yesterday.