Tomorrow Officer Randolph Holder will be laid to rest. Last week, Holder was brutally gunned down by a career criminal while in the line of duty, yet another member of the thin blue line cruelly taken.Normally a fallen officer would be ignored by activists and the media, but because Holder was black, all of a sudden his death is useful to the likes of Al Sharpton.
But in this case, his attentions are quite unwelcome.As the New York Post reports, “Slain NYPD Officer Randolph Holder’s fiancée was stunned to hear that the Rev. Al Sharpton was asked to speak at his funeral — because the policeman detested the anti-cop preacher, she told The Post on Monday.
“He didn’t like [Sharpton]. He wasn’t a fan. So I don’t know why [Sharpton] is speaking,’’ Mary Muhammad said.
Sharpton claims that he met with Holder’s father and that the dad asked him to speak at Wednesday’s service.
“[Sharpton] was asked by Officer Holder’s father, and he’s expected to speak,” Sharpton rep John Weinstein said Monday.But law-enforcement sources said Holder’s dad, Randolph Sr., called the NYPD on Monday morning — after news of Sharpton’s supposed invite broke — to tell them he invited the preacher only to attend the funeral, not to address mourners.
Holder’s immediate family wasn’t the only group to bristle at Sharpton’s appearance. His extended family of brothers and sisters in uniform also expressed their dismay.
“The plan to have Sharpton address mourners at Holder’s funeral outraged the NYPD’s rank-and-file because of the activist minister’s history of leading protest rallies against alleged police racism and brutality.“The service needs to be a remembrance of Officer Holder and the sacrifices he made to make this a safer city,” one cop said.”
Amen. Let the family and fellow cops mourn together. For once Al, this isn’t about you.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]