The family says, “We don’t want another Ferguson circus”. They don’t want Al Sharpton to start another race baiting fire.
Walter Scott’s family have asked Al Sharpton not to attend the funeral, it is claimed.
The New York-based Reverend became a prominent voice in the wake of Michael Brown’s shooting at the hands of a white police officer in Ferguson last August.
But as the nation’s attention turns to South Carolina and footage showing Officer Michael Slager shooting dead father-of-four Walter Scott, his parents and brothers have made plain that they do not want the same treatment.
According to the New York Daily News, the family told Rev Sharpton to ‘keep away’ from the relatives-only memorial service.
A source close to the Scotts told the paper: ‘We don’t want another Ferguson type of circus here.’
Though the family of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown welcomed Sharpton’s support, he was criticized by others for stirring rage as violent protests escalated in the Missouri city.
The Scott family’s lawyer, Chris Stewart, told the Daily News: ‘The Reverend Al has called and expressed his support and condolences. The family is very appreciative.’
Responding to the allegations that he has been barred from the service, Sharpton told the paper that he ‘would never come unless they asked’, adding that he is ‘willing to be helpful to the family but only when needed.’
Read more: Daily Mail