Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch did not reply Sunday to requests for comment on Sharpton’s planned appearance.
A day earlier, after Sharpton criticized procedures that let Howard walk the streets despite his violent past, Lynch said Sharpton was “one of the chief extremists fanning the flames of anti-police sentiment for his own gain.”
Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said he was stunned that Sharpton will be a part of the service.
“This is an ironic twist,” Mullins said. “Sharpton is a divider. Maybe the family doesn’t understand his history with the NYPD. The city is divided because of people like Sharpton.”
Mullins still plans to go to the funeral and doesn’t expect that cops will boycott the service for their fallen brother.