Al Sharpton Denies Being Banned From Walter Scott Funeral
Permed up Al has been facing pushback from police shooting victims’ families in the last few months, several accusing him of using their tragedy to get attention and funding for National Action Network.
Reports are coming out that Walter Scott’s family feels similarly, and want Al to keep away to avoid a circus during their time of personal mourning. Via NYDN:
Stay away, Rev. Al.
That was the message from the family of South Carolina police shooting victim Walter Scott to the civil rights activist Thursday two days before the funeral for the slain father of four.
“We don’t want another Ferguson type of circus here,” a source close to the Scott family told The Daily News.
Scott family attorney Chris Stewart said they appreciate Sharpton’s support but “the funeral is only going to be close family members.”
“The Reverend Al has called and expressed his support and condolences,” said Stewart. “The family is very appreciative.”
However, Sharpton says the whole story is BS and he was never planning to hit up the funeral in the first place. As MailOnline reports:
“There has never been a discussion about me attending or participating in the funeral on Saturday, since everyone knows that [National Action Network’s] convention with thousands of delegates is happening in New York and doesn’t end until Saturday night.”
Sharpton is scheduled to appear at a church in North Charleston, South Carolina, the scene of the incident, to preach and lead a vigil the day after the funeral.
Do you think Sharpton’s presence at these memorial services is a help for the cause or a distraction for the family??