- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Rev. Al Sharpton canceled plans to attend the 100th anniversary of a church in North Charleston because of the shooting deaths of two New York City police officers.

Multiple media outlets reported Sharpton was to appear at the anniversary celebration of Charity Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday.

Church spokeswoman Trudy Grant said the president of the National Action Network cited the Saturday shooting of the officers as the reason he could not make the North Charleston appearance.

Sharpton is expected to visit the church next month.

The church’s pastor, Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III, joined the National Action Network’s senior staff in June as vice president of religious affairs and external relations.

The civil-rights organization tries to reduce gun violence.

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