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Al Sharpton won't speak at NYPD officer's funeral after family says he despised the civil rights leader

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A photo, date not known, provided by the New York Police Department shows police Officer Randolph Holder, who police said died after being shot in the head in a gun battle while pursuing a suspect Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in New York following a report of shots fired. (New York Police Department via AP)
A photo, date not known, provided by the New York Police Department shows police Officer Randolph Holder, who police said died after being shot in the head in a gun battle while pursuing a suspect Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, in New York following a report of shots fired. (New York Police Department via AP)


After outrage from slain NYPD officer Randolph Holder’s fiancee, as well as members of his family and the NYPD, the Rev. Al Sharpton announced today he would not be speaking at the funeral service as originally planned.

A career criminal gunned down officer Randolph Holder while he was on foot patrol in plain clothes with his partner in Harlem last week.

It outraged many of the rank and file at the department that the Baptist minister – who’s a constant NYPD critic – would be invited to deliver the eulogy at the funeral of a 33-year-old third generation cop.

Holder’s fiancée said he didn’t like Rev. Sharpton at all and she didn’t understand why he was chosen to deliver a eulogy, the Daily Mail reports.

FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo provided by the New York City Mayoral Photography Office, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, is seated between New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, left, and the Rev. Al Sharpton during a round table discussion convened to ease tensions over the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died from a police choke hold while being arrested. De Blasio has been unable to heal the deepening rift with the NYPD and erase the perception that he is not supporting the police. (AP Photo/New York City Mayoral Photography Office, Bob Bennett, File)
FILE – In this July 31, 2014, file photo provided by the New York City Mayoral Photography Office, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, is seated between New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, left, and the Rev. Al Sharpton during a round table discussion convened to ease tensions over the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died from a police choke hold while being arrested. De Blasio has been unable to heal the deepening rift with the NYPD and erase the perception that he is not supporting the police. (AP Photo/New York City Mayoral Photography Office, Bob Bennett, File)

The turn of events for Sharpton to not attend funeral comes a day after Mary Muhammad stated, in no uncertain terms, that Holder “despised the civil rights leader.”

It was reported by multiple media outlets that Sharpton was invited by the slain officer’s family to speak at the service. The president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said he was stunned that the Reverend would be involved in the funeral, adding: “This is an ironic twist. Sharpton is a divider. The city is divided because of people like Sharpton.”

But Holder’s father – a retired police officer from Guyana – clarified to the NYPD that he only invited Sharpton to attend the funeral service on Wednesday, not to deliver the eulogy.

While Sharpton was leading a vigil in Harlem Saturday for the slain cop, he told the crowd that he is not ‘anti-police’ — but ‘anti-police brutality’.

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  1. I feel so much better knowing the Howard family did not invite this divisive man to speak at their officer’s funeral. He and the White House have done so much harm to civil rights. I want to continue to love and trust most all of my fellow humans. There will always be those with bad character, but it has nothing to do with color. RIP Randall Holder. Thank you for your service and your ultimate sacrifice. May your family and loved ones find peace and comfort.

    • Glad they didn’t invite him to speak but why would they invite a man who does everything in his power anti to police to even attend his funeral. It is a slap in the face to officers nationwide ant a put down to this officer that has given the ultimate sacrifice. Sharpton is a vial man and he and our so called leader? have turned this nation upside down. I am appalled.

      • Charle, the only reason I can think of for the father inviting him is to show Sharpton what he’s responsible for and the pain it has caused so many LEO families.

        I doubt he would care though, and the media wouldn’t cover him in less than a positive light.

  2. The Reprehensible Altawana Charlatan would perform his single most valuable service to mankind by not attending ANYTHING where sentient beings congregate in numbers more than two (he being, presumably, one of them).

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