Al Sharpton will not attend the funeral of NYPD officer Randolph Holder, amid growing police anger at the progressives’ “Black Lives Matter” campaign.
Sharpton — an ally of President Barack Obama — blamed police officials for his withdrawal from the event for Holder, a black Guyanese immigrant who was killed by a supposedly “non-violent” drug offender in a street shoot-out.
“I thought my coming might give a sense of unity in the city,” Sharpton wrote to Holder’s father. “It is clear though after reading several articles that some union leaders and some others want to turn your and your pastor’s noble efforts into some kind of confrontation or sideshow and not keep focused on the brutal, senseless murder of your son.”
He added: “I refuse, despite my strong feelings on police issues, to be part of anything that would marginalize and take away from the focus of this city and nation mourning your son tomorrow. So I therefore, respectfully, want to inform you and your pastor that I have withdrawn my acceptance of your invitation to attend or have words at the funeral services for your son.”
The wake is taking place today at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York.
— Dray Clark (@DrayClarkABC7) October 27, 2015
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) October 27, 2015
Holder’s fiancé slammed the idea of Sharpton speaking at the funeral because the dead cop disliked the controversial reverend.
“He didn’t like [Sharpton],” Mary Muhammad told The New York Post. “He wasn’t a fan. So I don’t know why [Sharpton] is speaking.”
That attitude seems widespread among cops. Pat Lynch, head of the NYPD’s union, said “Al Sharpton has always been one of the chief extremists fanning the flames of anti-police sentiment for his own gain. Police officers need real support from our elected officials and the communities we serve, not empty gestures from attention-seekers.”
Eeven FBI director James Comey — despite White House opposition — is also pushing back at the progressives’s campaign. The [nation’s] crime rate is rising, and “part of the explanation is a chill wind blowing through American law enforcement over the last year,” Comey said Oct. 26.