Rumor has been circulating that Rev. Al Sharpton has been banned from police shooting victim Walter Scott’s funeral.
Sharpton says that’s not the case — but he wasn’t planning on attending anyway.
In recent months, Al Sharpton’s been accused of using public tragedy for his own personal gain and to solicit funding for National Action Network.
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.”
According to MailOnline, the report is totally false.
“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.”
Rev. Al Sharpton is scheduled to appear at a church in North Charleston, South Carolina to preach and lead a vigil the day after the funeral.