LAWMAKERS and law enforcers joined forces in Philadelphia yesterday to protest President Obama's nomination of Debo Adegbile - a lawyer who once supervised the defense of notorious cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal - to head the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division.
"I don't believe he's an appropriate choice for this role," Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., said at a morning news conference at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5's headquarters in the Far Northeast.
Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Bucks, agreed: "When the president nominated Debo Adegbile to head up a very important role in the Justice Department, to head up all civil rights, he made a mistake. I think he more than made a mistake. He turned a tin ear to law enforcement, didn't even check that the FOP here in the city of Philadelphia has been fighting this fight for more than 30-plus, almost 33 years."