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Walter Scott family ‘bar Rev Al Sharpton from the funeral …

Source close to Scott family say they have told the Reverend to stay away Rev Al Sharpton was vocal after Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson He was criticized for stirring up rage as Missouri city was hit by violence Family of father-of-four Walter Scott are planning relatives-only memorial service at home in North Charleston, South Carolina His killing has grabbed national attention after video emerged showing white officer Michael Slager shooting him in the back New video from Slager’s car shows no violent conflict before Scott ran off Another new video shows two officers arriving and not giving CPR

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Published: 23:04 EST, 9 April 2015 | Updated: 15:07 EST, 10 April 2015

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Walter Scott’s family have asked Al Sharpton not to attend the funeral, it is claimed.

The New York-based Reverend became a prominent voice in the wake of Michael Brown’s shooting at the hands of a white police officer in Ferguson last August.

But as the nation’s attention turns to South Carolina and footage showing Officer Michael Slager shooting dead father-of-four Walter Scott, his parents and brothers have made plain that they do not want the same treatment.

According to the New York Daily News, the family told Rev Sharpton to ‘keep away’ from the relatives-only memorial service.

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Al Sharpton an unlikely ally in support of Common Core exams

Supporters of the states rigorous Common Core tests have a surprising new ally: the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Sharpton on Friday blasted the state teachers union as irresponsible for urging parents not to allow their kids to take the upcoming standardized exams in math and English.

Im opposed to a widespread opt-out without real dialogue … If you lose federal funding, what happens to those kids? Sharpton told The Post at the National Action Network convention in Midtown.

Gov. Cuomo and state education officials said school districts could lose federal aid for not complying with national requirements if too many students skip the exams, which are being given in Grades 3 through 8 starting Monday.

Sharpton said his criticism was directed at Karen Magee, head of the New York State United Teachers union, and other union activists who work mostly in suburban and upstate school districts.

Union officials are encouraging a boycott to protest a controversial new provision in the state budget approved by Cuomo and the Legislature, which more closely links teacher evaluations and tenure to student performance on exams.

We are encouraging parents to opt out, Magee declared last month.

Im opposed to a widespread opt-out without real dialogue … If you lose federal funding, what happens to those kids?-Al Sharpton

But Sharpton said a boycott could hurt urban kids and pointed out that neither he nor NAN chapter leaders in upstate cities such as Buffalo and Syracuse were consulted about the opt-out campaign.

He also praised the leader of the city teachers union, Mike Mulgrew, and Randi Weingarten of the national American Federation of Teachers for taking a more reasonable position by leaving the decision up to parents.

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Al Sharpton to speak at 'healing service' Sunday for Walter Scott

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) – In a morning announcement Friday, leaders from civil rights group, The National Action Network(NAN), announced the attendance of Rev. Al Sharpton at a healing service in North Charleston Sunday.

The service, to be held at Charity Missionary Baptist Church, on East Montague Avenue, will start at 10 A.M., with Reverend Sharpton expected to speak at eleven. The group will also host a vigil at 3pm, at the site of the shooting, on Craig Road in North Charleston.

Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III, NAN Vice President of Religious Affairs, said it came down to three factors before extending the invitation.

The first was to honor the wishes of Walter Scott’s family, while Rivers said Sharpton’s schedule and the collective opinions of local black clergymen also played a role.

Despite national reports of the Scott family asking Rev. Sharpton to not to come, Rivers say the group has been in constant communication withthe family, and says they welcomed him to attend Saturday’s funeral service, but he could not because of a prior commitment.

Rivers said the final decision was made in Friday’s emergency meeting, where leaders also discussed the role of the church in the healing and restoration process throughout the Tri-County community.

“A lot was said about the city of North Charleston, injustice, the police department, and the mayor,” Rivers said.

“We are clear that nothing changes without pressure.”

Ministers commended local leaders for charging Michael Slager, the North Charleston policeofficer who shot Walter Scott.

They’re expecting to meet with many of those leaders, like North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, and Police Chief Eddie Driggers, in the coming weeks, after Scott’s funeral.

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Report: Rev. Sharpton Told To Stay Away From Funeral For Slain SC Man

Sharpton Says Daily News’ Story Is ‘Bogus’ And ‘Has No Merit’ April 10, 2015 10:52 AM

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) The Rev. Al Sharpton has reportedly been told to stay away from the funeral of a black man shot and killed by a white police officer in South Carolina.

The New York Daily News reports the family of Walter Scott has expressed they do not want the reverend, who has attended the funerals of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, to attend the funeral.

Chris Stewart, the Scott family attorney, reportedly told the Daily News the funeral will be only for close family members.

However, a statement from Sharpton said the Daily News story is bogus and has no merit.

Sharpton said he has been invited to preach and lead a prayer vigil in North Charleston

There has never been a discussion about me attending or participating in the funeral on Saturday, since everyone knows that NANs convention with thousands of delegates is happening in New York and doesnt end until Saturday night, Rev. Sharpton said in a statement.

I have not decided whether or not I will accept the invitation to preach in North Charleston and participate in the prayer vigil on Sunday. However, I am told the mayor and police chief have said that if I do choose to come they will attend the service as we seek healing and justice in these matters, the statement reads.

As an act of violence once again focuses the nation on relations between law enforcement and minorities,Rev. Sharptonsaid Wednesday that his civil rights organization will stand with the family of the black South Carolina man fatally shot by a white police officer.

Sharpton said he first heard about the shooting from the director of the National Action Network chapter there.

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Al Sharpton Calls For National Law Requiring Police Body Cameras After Walter Scott Shooting

NEW YORK __ The Rev. Al Sharptoncalled Wednesday for national law enforcement standards to address alleged police brutalityseen in several high-profile police killings last year and over the weekend in the death of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man whose killing by a South Carolina police officer was videotaped by a witnesson Saturday. Joined by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and mayors from a handful of other U.S. cities during the opening of his National Action Network convention in New York,Sharpton said he and other leaders would continue to push for national use of body cameras in police departments, among other reforms.

There must be national policy and national law on policing, Sharpton said. We intend to come out of this convention [and go] from state to state dealing with the need of having a nationalized, Justice Department-assigned law to deal with how policing is appropriate.

North Charleston police Officer Michael Thomas Slager, who initiated a traffic stop over a broken taillight, claimed Scott attacked him and attempted to take his Taser. That story was contradicted by video footage captured by a bystander appearing to show Slager planting the Taser next to Scotts body. Sharpton said the killing might have been prevented if Slager had been required to wear a body camera.

It not only protects the citizens, but it also protects the police, he said. Whether [cameras] helps the police or the citizen, no one should fight transparency. Sharpton said he was notifiedSaturdayof Scotts death by the Charleston leader of a local branch of NAN and pledged his involvement if the family requests it.

De Blasio, who called the video of Scotts death painful, encouraged other national leaders to consider New York Citys pilot program on police body cameras. Mayors Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and Ras Baraka of Newark also joined Sharpton and de Blasio on the conventions opening panel Wednesday.

Sharpton, invoking the legacy of civil rights icon Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., likened the push for national standards to activists struggle over half a century ago for antidiscrimination civil rights and voting rights legislation.

We are going to deal with the fact that you cannot have civil rights for anybody, without civil rights for everybody, Sharpton said.

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Al Sharpton Calls for Federal Police Laws After South Carolina Killing

Rev. Al Sharpton called for national policing legislation akin to the Civil Rights Act this morning at the kickoff his National Action Networks annual convention, just after the arrest of a white South Carolina police officer for murder in the shooting of an unarmed black man.

There must be national policy and national law on policing, Mr. Sharpton said. We cant go fromstate tostate, weve got to have national law to protect people against these continued questions.

Mr. Sharptons comments, coming on the heels of multiple instances of police killings of unarmed men of color around the country, were met with applause from the crowdand from the dais, which was packed with elected officials including Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congressman Charles Rangel, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, city Comptroller Scott Stringer and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

The convention kickoff, which featured a ribbon cutting with the lawmakers,came just hours after it was announced last night that North Charleston, S.C., police officer Michael T. Slager would be charged with murder in the death of Walter Scottwho can be seen in a widelypublicized video running away from Mr. Slager, while the officer shoots into the mansback repeatedly. The video offers a markedly different story than the one Mr. Slager first offered up: that Scott had stolen his taser and left him in fear for his life.

Mr. Sharpton praised the citys mayor and police chief for bringing the charges, but said the nation couldnt rely on the judgement of local officials.

Wecommend them, but we cannot have a justice system that hopes we have a mayor in theright city or a police chief, he said. We have tohave one policy that is national.

Mr. Sharpton later noted that the comparatively small towns officials had been braver than police leaders in bigger cities. Hehas been vocal about his belief that New York City police Daniel Pantaleo should have been charged with a crime in the death of an unarmed black Staten Island man, Eric Garner. A grand jury declined to indict Mr. Pantaleo, spurring protests throughout the city.

That death, too, was capturedina widely published video. And though the footage did not lead to any charges, Mr. Sharpton said today the national legislation should focus on cameras as well as accountability.

He compared the fight for police reformto the civil rights struggle, noting that activists did not try to fix discrimination in individual states or cities.

They fought for a national Civil Rights Act, a national Voting Rights Act. Its time for this country to have national policing, Mr. Sharpton said.

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Pastors: Rev. Al Sharpton to attend Walter Scott's funeral, Sunday service

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — An early morning meeting of pastors for a group of North Charleston churches laid the groundwork for Rev. Al Sharpton to make an appearance in the Lowcountry this weekend as memorials are held for the man shot and killed by a police officer.

Officials said Sharpton will attend a service at Charity Church at 11 a.m. Sunday. He wanted to attend Saturday’s funeral for Walter Scott, but has other obligations outside the state.

Rev. Rivers, one of the organizers of the event, cleared up reports that Walter Scott’s family had asked Sharpton not to come to Charleston. Rivers said the family never made that request, and in fact welcome him and have invited him to Scott’s funeral Saturday.

Rivers said Sharpton has talked with the family and they have developed a strong relationship over the past several days.

The Scott family will be in attendance at at a Sunday afternoon prayer vigil and memorial at the scene of the shooting. That vigil is set for 3 p.m., officials said.

There has also been a peace march organized by Stand Against Violence Everywhere – North Charleston for Saturday afternoon once the funeral has ended. Organizers say it will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Rivers Avenue and Mall Drive in North Charleston and progress to City Hall.

Meanwhile, Rivers said members of area churches are going to be working with the North Charleston Police Department to talk about issues in racial profiling.

It’s a conversation that dates back several years.

In 2011, the NAACP levied claims of racial profiling against the department during a forum attended by then-chief Jon Zumalt. At the time, Zumalt denied officers targeted minorities in the community, but said he wants a heavy officer presence in areas with the highest crime.

On Thursday, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon echoed those statements, adding often they find the concentration of crime highest in minority neighborhoods.

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Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton (center) with the parents of Michael Brown after the black teenager was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., will be in North Charleston on Sunday for a church service and vigil for Walter Scott. Jeff Roberson/AP

The Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to be in North Charleston on Sunday for a church service and a vigil at the site where Walter Scott was shot and killed by a police officer less than a week ago.

Organizers say police from the region will be invited to attend the vigil, calling it an opportunity to recognize some of the problems of mistrust and the divide that exist between the North Charleston community and law enforcement.

I think there are a significant number of police who know the shooting was wrong and agree with us that there should be more police accountability, said North Charleston Pastor Nelson Rivers, a vice president in Sharptons National Action Network.

Sharpton is a controversial civil rights and New York media figure who has a history of advocacy in cases alleging racial prejudice and injustice.

Among his more recent causes were supporting the family of teenager Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black youth who was shot to death in Sanford, Fla., by George Zimmerman.

The case heightened the tension over issues of self-defense and racial profiling. Zimmerman was tried for second-degree murder and was found not guilty in the case.

Sharpton was also a presence during last years tension in Ferguson, Mo., after an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, was killed by a police officer there. A grand jury declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson after a lengthy investigation.

Rivers said Thursday that the vigil is still being organized but that the plan is for Sharpton to deliver a sermon Sunday morning at Rivers Charity Missionary Baptist Church on East Montague Avenue.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton speaks out about Walter Scott shooting

The Rev. Jesse Jackson held a news conference in Greenville on Friday afternoon and the Rev. Al Sharpon plans to visit North Charleston this weekend.

Jackson discussed the shooting of Walter Scott just after 4 p.m. at Greenville County Square.

Scott was shot and killed by Officer Michael Slager on Saturday.

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The Rev. Al Sharpton plans to be in North Charleston this weekend to preach atCharity Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday.

He told The Associated Press that is message will be that people pursue justice “in a peaceful, legal way.”

Anthony Scott, Scott’s brother, tells The Associated Press, that a representative of Sharpton’s National Action Network has been working with family since the shooting last weekend.

Sharpton says he will not attend Scott’s funeral Saturday because of a scheduling conflict. Anthony Scott says the funeral is open to the public.

Sharpton says he plans to preach Sunday morning and then meet privately with members of the Scott family. Later in the day he plans to attend a vigil at the site where Walter Scott was shot.

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Walter Scott family ‘bar Rev Al Sharpton from the funeral …

Source close to Scott family say they have told the Reverend to stay away Rev Al Sharpton was vocal after Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson He was criticized for stirring up rage as Missouri city was hit by violence Family of father-of-four Walter Scott are planning relatives-only memorial service at home in North Charleston, South Carolina His killing has grabbed national attention after video emerged showing white officer Michael Slager shooting him in the back New video from Slager’s car shows no violent conflict before Scott ran off Another new video shows two officers arriving and not giving CPR By Mia De Graaf For Dailymail.com Published: 23:04 EST, 9 April 2015 | Updated: 15:07 EST, 10 April 2015 5.4k shares 127 View comments Walter Scott’s family have asked Al Sharpton not to attend the funeral, it is claimed. The New York-based Reverend became a prominent voice in the wake of Michael Brown’s shooting at the hands of a white police officer in Ferguson last August. But as the nation’s attention turns to South Carolina and footage showing Officer Michael Slager shooting dead father-of-four Walter Scott, his parents and brothers have made plain that they do not want the same treatment. According to the New York Daily News, the family told Rev Sharpton to ‘keep away’ from the relatives-only memorial service.

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Al Sharpton an unlikely ally in support of Common Core exams

Supporters of the states rigorous Common Core tests have a surprising new ally: the Rev. Al Sharpton. Sharpton on Friday blasted the state teachers union as irresponsible for urging parents not to allow their kids to take the upcoming standardized exams in math and English. Im opposed to a widespread opt-out without real dialogue … If you lose federal funding, what happens to those kids? Sharpton told The Post at the National Action Network convention in Midtown. Gov. Cuomo and state education officials said school districts could lose federal aid for not complying with national requirements if too many students skip the exams, which are being given in Grades 3 through 8 starting Monday. Sharpton said his criticism was directed at Karen Magee, head of the New York State United Teachers union, and other union activists who work mostly in suburban and upstate school districts. Union officials are encouraging a boycott to protest a controversial new provision in the state budget approved by Cuomo and the Legislature, which more closely links teacher evaluations and tenure to student performance on exams. We are encouraging parents to opt out, Magee declared last month. Im opposed to a widespread opt-out without real dialogue … If you lose federal funding, what happens to those kids?-Al Sharpton But Sharpton said a boycott could hurt urban kids and pointed out that neither he nor NAN chapter leaders in upstate cities such as Buffalo and Syracuse were consulted about the opt-out campaign. He also praised the leader of the city teachers union, Mike Mulgrew, and Randi Weingarten of the national American Federation of Teachers for taking a more reasonable position by leaving the decision up to parents.

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Al Sharpton to speak at 'healing service' Sunday for Walter Scott

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) – In a morning announcement Friday, leaders from civil rights group, The National Action Network(NAN), announced the attendance of Rev. Al Sharpton at a healing service in North Charleston Sunday. The service, to be held at Charity Missionary Baptist Church, on East Montague Avenue, will start at 10 A.M., with Reverend Sharpton expected to speak at eleven. The group will also host a vigil at 3pm, at the site of the shooting, on Craig Road in North Charleston. Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III, NAN Vice President of Religious Affairs, said it came down to three factors before extending the invitation. The first was to honor the wishes of Walter Scott’s family, while Rivers said Sharpton’s schedule and the collective opinions of local black clergymen also played a role. Despite national reports of the Scott family asking Rev. Sharpton to not to come, Rivers say the group has been in constant communication withthe family, and says they welcomed him to attend Saturday’s funeral service, but he could not because of a prior commitment. Rivers said the final decision was made in Friday’s emergency meeting, where leaders also discussed the role of the church in the healing and restoration process throughout the Tri-County community. “A lot was said about the city of North Charleston, injustice, the police department, and the mayor,” Rivers said. “We are clear that nothing changes without pressure.” Ministers commended local leaders for charging Michael Slager, the North Charleston policeofficer who shot Walter Scott. They’re expecting to meet with many of those leaders, like North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, and Police Chief Eddie Driggers, in the coming weeks, after Scott’s funeral.

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Report: Rev. Sharpton Told To Stay Away From Funeral For Slain SC Man

Sharpton Says Daily News’ Story Is ‘Bogus’ And ‘Has No Merit’ April 10, 2015 10:52 AM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) The Rev. Al Sharpton has reportedly been told to stay away from the funeral of a black man shot and killed by a white police officer in South Carolina. The New York Daily News reports the family of Walter Scott has expressed they do not want the reverend, who has attended the funerals of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, to attend the funeral. Chris Stewart, the Scott family attorney, reportedly told the Daily News the funeral will be only for close family members. However, a statement from Sharpton said the Daily News story is bogus and has no merit. Sharpton said he has been invited to preach and lead a prayer vigil in North Charleston There has never been a discussion about me attending or participating in the funeral on Saturday, since everyone knows that NANs convention with thousands of delegates is happening in New York and doesnt end until Saturday night, Rev. Sharpton said in a statement. I have not decided whether or not I will accept the invitation to preach in North Charleston and participate in the prayer vigil on Sunday. However, I am told the mayor and police chief have said that if I do choose to come they will attend the service as we seek healing and justice in these matters, the statement reads. As an act of violence once again focuses the nation on relations between law enforcement and minorities,Rev. Sharptonsaid Wednesday that his civil rights organization will stand with the family of the black South Carolina man fatally shot by a white police officer. Sharpton said he first heard about the shooting from the director of the National Action Network chapter there.

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Al Sharpton Calls For National Law Requiring Police Body Cameras After Walter Scott Shooting

NEW YORK __ The Rev. Al Sharptoncalled Wednesday for national law enforcement standards to address alleged police brutalityseen in several high-profile police killings last year and over the weekend in the death of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man whose killing by a South Carolina police officer was videotaped by a witnesson Saturday. Joined by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and mayors from a handful of other U.S. cities during the opening of his National Action Network convention in New York,Sharpton said he and other leaders would continue to push for national use of body cameras in police departments, among other reforms. There must be national policy and national law on policing, Sharpton said. We intend to come out of this convention [and go] from state to state dealing with the need of having a nationalized, Justice Department-assigned law to deal with how policing is appropriate. North Charleston police Officer Michael Thomas Slager, who initiated a traffic stop over a broken taillight, claimed Scott attacked him and attempted to take his Taser. That story was contradicted by video footage captured by a bystander appearing to show Slager planting the Taser next to Scotts body. Sharpton said the killing might have been prevented if Slager had been required to wear a body camera. It not only protects the citizens, but it also protects the police, he said. Whether [cameras] helps the police or the citizen, no one should fight transparency. Sharpton said he was notifiedSaturdayof Scotts death by the Charleston leader of a local branch of NAN and pledged his involvement if the family requests it. De Blasio, who called the video of Scotts death painful, encouraged other national leaders to consider New York Citys pilot program on police body cameras. Mayors Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and Ras Baraka of Newark also joined Sharpton and de Blasio on the conventions opening panel Wednesday. Sharpton, invoking the legacy of civil rights icon Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., likened the push for national standards to activists struggle over half a century ago for antidiscrimination civil rights and voting rights legislation. We are going to deal with the fact that you cannot have civil rights for anybody, without civil rights for everybody, Sharpton said.

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Al Sharpton Calls for Federal Police Laws After South Carolina Killing

Rev. Al Sharpton called for national policing legislation akin to the Civil Rights Act this morning at the kickoff his National Action Networks annual convention, just after the arrest of a white South Carolina police officer for murder in the shooting of an unarmed black man. There must be national policy and national law on policing, Mr. Sharpton said. We cant go fromstate tostate, weve got to have national law to protect people against these continued questions. Mr. Sharptons comments, coming on the heels of multiple instances of police killings of unarmed men of color around the country, were met with applause from the crowdand from the dais, which was packed with elected officials including Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congressman Charles Rangel, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, city Comptroller Scott Stringer and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli The convention kickoff, which featured a ribbon cutting with the lawmakers,came just hours after it was announced last night that North Charleston, S.C., police officer Michael T. Slager would be charged with murder in the death of Walter Scottwho can be seen in a widelypublicized video running away from Mr. Slager, while the officer shoots into the mansback repeatedly. The video offers a markedly different story than the one Mr. Slager first offered up: that Scott had stolen his taser and left him in fear for his life. Mr. Sharpton praised the citys mayor and police chief for bringing the charges, but said the nation couldnt rely on the judgement of local officials. Wecommend them, but we cannot have a justice system that hopes we have a mayor in theright city or a police chief, he said. We have tohave one policy that is national. Mr. Sharpton later noted that the comparatively small towns officials had been braver than police leaders in bigger cities. Hehas been vocal about his belief that New York City police Daniel Pantaleo should have been charged with a crime in the death of an unarmed black Staten Island man, Eric Garner. A grand jury declined to indict Mr. Pantaleo, spurring protests throughout the city. That death, too, was capturedina widely published video. And though the footage did not lead to any charges, Mr. Sharpton said today the national legislation should focus on cameras as well as accountability. He compared the fight for police reformto the civil rights struggle, noting that activists did not try to fix discrimination in individual states or cities. They fought for a national Civil Rights Act, a national Voting Rights Act. Its time for this country to have national policing, Mr. Sharpton said.

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Pastors: Rev. Al Sharpton to attend Walter Scott's funeral, Sunday service

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — An early morning meeting of pastors for a group of North Charleston churches laid the groundwork for Rev. Al Sharpton to make an appearance in the Lowcountry this weekend as memorials are held for the man shot and killed by a police officer. Officials said Sharpton will attend a service at Charity Church at 11 a.m. Sunday. He wanted to attend Saturday’s funeral for Walter Scott, but has other obligations outside the state. Rev. Rivers, one of the organizers of the event, cleared up reports that Walter Scott’s family had asked Sharpton not to come to Charleston. Rivers said the family never made that request, and in fact welcome him and have invited him to Scott’s funeral Saturday. Rivers said Sharpton has talked with the family and they have developed a strong relationship over the past several days. The Scott family will be in attendance at at a Sunday afternoon prayer vigil and memorial at the scene of the shooting. That vigil is set for 3 p.m., officials said. There has also been a peace march organized by Stand Against Violence Everywhere – North Charleston for Saturday afternoon once the funeral has ended. Organizers say it will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Rivers Avenue and Mall Drive in North Charleston and progress to City Hall. Meanwhile, Rivers said members of area churches are going to be working with the North Charleston Police Department to talk about issues in racial profiling. It’s a conversation that dates back several years. In 2011, the NAACP levied claims of racial profiling against the department during a forum attended by then-chief Jon Zumalt. At the time, Zumalt denied officers targeted minorities in the community, but said he wants a heavy officer presence in areas with the highest crime. On Thursday, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon echoed those statements, adding often they find the concentration of crime highest in minority neighborhoods.

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Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton (center) with the parents of Michael Brown after the black teenager was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., will be in North Charleston on Sunday for a church service and vigil for Walter Scott. Jeff Roberson/AP The Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to be in North Charleston on Sunday for a church service and a vigil at the site where Walter Scott was shot and killed by a police officer less than a week ago. Organizers say police from the region will be invited to attend the vigil, calling it an opportunity to recognize some of the problems of mistrust and the divide that exist between the North Charleston community and law enforcement. I think there are a significant number of police who know the shooting was wrong and agree with us that there should be more police accountability, said North Charleston Pastor Nelson Rivers, a vice president in Sharptons National Action Network. Sharpton is a controversial civil rights and New York media figure who has a history of advocacy in cases alleging racial prejudice and injustice. Among his more recent causes were supporting the family of teenager Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black youth who was shot to death in Sanford, Fla., by George Zimmerman. The case heightened the tension over issues of self-defense and racial profiling. Zimmerman was tried for second-degree murder and was found not guilty in the case. Sharpton was also a presence during last years tension in Ferguson, Mo., after an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, was killed by a police officer there. A grand jury declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson after a lengthy investigation. Rivers said Thursday that the vigil is still being organized but that the plan is for Sharpton to deliver a sermon Sunday morning at Rivers Charity Missionary Baptist Church on East Montague Avenue.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton speaks out about Walter Scott shooting

The Rev. Jesse Jackson held a news conference in Greenville on Friday afternoon and the Rev. Al Sharpon plans to visit North Charleston this weekend. Jackson discussed the shooting of Walter Scott just after 4 p.m. at Greenville County Square. Scott was shot and killed by Officer Michael Slager on Saturday. Click HERE for more on the shooting The Rev. Al Sharpton plans to be in North Charleston this weekend to preach atCharity Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday. He told The Associated Press that is message will be that people pursue justice “in a peaceful, legal way.” Anthony Scott, Scott’s brother, tells The Associated Press, that a representative of Sharpton’s National Action Network has been working with family since the shooting last weekend. Sharpton says he will not attend Scott’s funeral Saturday because of a scheduling conflict. Anthony Scott says the funeral is open to the public. Sharpton says he plans to preach Sunday morning and then meet privately with members of the Scott family. Later in the day he plans to attend a vigil at the site where Walter Scott was shot.

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  • (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work."