Despite the death of one of their family members at the hands of police, the family of Walter Scott has made one thing clear: they don't want the situation to escalate into another Ferguson.
"We don't want another Ferguson type circus here," a source reportedly close to the family told the New York Daily News.
In trying to prevent another national media situation, they have also made clear that they do not wish for the Rev. Al Sharpton to attend the funeral.
Sharpton was an outspoken figure following the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.
Sharpton addressed the issue, saying that he does not intend to interfere with the family’s tragedy.
"They are in mourning and we would never come unless they asked," Sharpton said. "We're willing to be helpful to the family but only when needed."
Nevertheless, Sharpton still plans on traveling to North Charleston, South Carolina, to lead a prayer service.
"I have been invited to preach in North Charleston, SC, on Sunday and to help lead a healing prayer vigil that afternoon by local clergy who have worked on this case from the beginning," he added.
This comes at the heels of the death of Walter Scott, 50, who was shot to death at the hands of police officer Michael T. Slager, 33. The incident was caught on videotape, which showed Scott running from the officer before being gunned down.
Slager claims that he feared for his life after an altercation with Scott over his stun gun. Video footage, however, shows that Slager planted the taser on Scott's body following the shooting. He has since been charged with murder and awaits trial.
Source: NY Daily News
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