Al Sharpton has denied that the family of police shooting victim Walter Scott have barred him from attending his funeral because it would cause a ‘circus’ of media attention.
The controversial preacher and civil rights campaigner said a report that the family wanted him gone to avoid ‘another Ferguson type of circus’ is ‘bogus’.
He also announced that he would head to North Charleston, South Carolina, to preach and attend a vigil on Sunday, the day after the funeral.
Allegations that Scott’s family wanted nothing to do with Sharpton were published by the New York Daily News.
In response, Sharpton said: ‘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.’
Anthony Scott, the victim’s brother, said today that the National Action Network has been working with the family since Walter Scott was shot on Saturday April 4.
Incendiary cell phone footage showed Scott being gunned down from behind by Slager after he was pulled over for having a broken tail light.
Slager was fired, arrested and charged with murder when the video came to light, reigniting tensions around policing which took center stage in Ferguson, Missouri, after teenager Michael Brown was killed.
Sharpton said the incident proves that a new law is necessary to compel all police officers in the country to wear body cameras while on patrol.
He confirmed his intention Friday morning to preach at North Charleston’s Charity Missionary Baptist Church.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Kieran Corcoran