Mayor Kip Holden didn’t attend Alton Sterling’s funeral on Friday, continuing his track record of being a no-show throughout the biggest thing to hit his city in years.
Strangely, the mayor’s staff said that no one currently in his office could officially confirm or deny if Holden attended, and refused to provide phone numbers to reach communications staffers who might have an answer.
Hundreds of people, including staff for Gov. John Bel Edwards, who himself was out of town for the National Governors Conference, and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, gathered at for Sterling’s funeral ten days after he was killed by two white police officers. In all that time, Mayor Holden hasn’t even called the Sterling family. President Obama called the family on Tuesday.
In fact, Holden spent several days in Washington, D.C. lobbying for transportation funding immediately after the shooting while protesters clashed with cops and the Justice Department began investing his own cops.