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April 10, 2015

Walter Scott’s Family Tells Sharpton to Stay Away

Yesterday, Al Sharpton was sending mixed messages about his response to the police shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina. At first, he was rip-roaring ready to make the town Ferguson 2.0. “[National Action Network]‘s South Carolina chapter leaders have been with the family since Saturday and our thoughts and prayers are with them and the entire community of North Charleston,” Sharpton said in a statement Friday. “I have spoken with the Scott’s family attorney, Chris Stewart, and plan to visit North Charleston very soon.” But that’s not how Sharpton described the conversations to the New York Daily News. He told the paper he talked with the family, but “we had no plans to go down.” Sharpton continued, “They are in mourning and we would never come unless they asked. We’re willing to be helpful to the family but only when needed.” By the sounds of it, Sharpton learned about the shooting and started preparing for another race-bait crusade before reading the tea leaves. As a person close to the Scott family told NY Daily News, “We don’t want another Ferguson type of circus here.” More…

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