Reverend Al Sharpton, the controversial figure often found in the middle of the contentious debate regarding police and community relations, has backed out of his plan to eulogize slain NYPD officer Randolph Holder.
Sharpton's choice as a central figure in Officer Holder's funeral seemed incongruous given his extensive history of criticizing law enforcement.
A relative of Officer Holder reportedly reached out to Sharpton and requested he speak at the funeral; however, that story has been disputed.
Ultimately, Sharpton chose not to speak at the funeral, citing the largely negative reaction his prospective eulogy had received.
His decision was likely an appropriate one as it seemed that Officer Holder himself was no fan of Sharpton, at least according to the late officer's fiancé, Mary Muhammad.
"He didn’t like [Sharpton]. He wasn’t a fan. So I don’t know why [Sharpton] is speaking," said Muhammad, prior to Sharpton backing out.