I applaud the family for making a stand against turning this into a racial issue and keeping Al out of the spotlight.
Via NY Daily News
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.
That was a reference to the Missouri town that was rocked by violent demonstrations last year after black teen Michael Brown was killed by a white cop.[…]
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.”[…]
The apparent snub of Sharpton came as:
Police released the dash-cam video from Slager’s cruiser, which showed Scott suddenly bolting from a car after the officer pulled him over for a broken brake light before the shooting on Saturday.
Scott is at the wheel of a Mercedes and there is a passenger in the front seat as Slager walks up and asks for his license and registration.
The doomed man is heard telling the officer he has neither and that he is in the process of buying the car.
Slager heads back to his car, where the Everland song “What It’s Like” is playing on his radio.
When Scott opens his door, the officer tells him to get back in the vehicle. Then Scott opens his door again and takes off running.
Slager can then be heard yelling what sounds like “Danger! Danger! Danger!”