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December 14, 2011 | BY GABRIEL L. NATHAN
TIME DOES funny things to men and memory. It creates cracks in the pavement and lines under eyes; it grays the strands of our hair and softens what were once the sharp edges of our minds. Time steals and robs and carries away grief and pain; it settles and soothes and makes us sit up and ask, "Why?" or forget to ask altogether. Thirty years ago, a young policeman lost his life on a Philadelphia sidewalk. At 3:52 a.m. on Dec. 9, 1981, the message was loud, brutal and jarring - a violent slap in the face to the city.
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October 7, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police held a silent vigil Sunday in protest of convicted police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal's commencement speech at a small Vermont college. Abu-Jamal, a onetime death row inmate, is serving a life sentence for the 1981 killing of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. He spoke by video to 20 students receiving bachelor degrees from Goddard College, from which he earned a degree in prison. "Think about the myriad of problems that beset this land and strive to make it better," Abu-Jamal said in the video.
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December 8, 2006 | By Michael Currie Schaffer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Phila.) doesn't think Mumia Abu-Jamal got a fair shake from the legal system that convicted him of killing Philadelphia policeman Daniel Faulkner. But Fattah, a mayoral candidate, voted Wednesday to condemn the French city of St. Denis for renaming a street after the celebrity inmate - a renaming that proponents said was intended to focus world attention on the same alleged injustice long criticized by Fattah. Fattah's vote, on a purely symbolic resolution sponsored by outgoing U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.)
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June 22, 2006 | By Amy Worden INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
Nearly 25 years after the slaying of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, the racial divide over his killer's conviction was reflected yesterday in a vote on a State Senate resolution. The Senate overwhelmingly passed the measure condemning the French city of St.-Denis for naming a street in honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was sentenced to death in 1982 for shooting Faulkner during a traffic stop. But the resolution prompted rare debate and ended in a 44-4 vote split along racial lines.
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August 28, 2002 | By Jacqueline Soteropoulos INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Attorneys for Mumia Abu-Jamal want the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to personally hear from their star witness - a man who says he is the true killer of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel J. Faulkner. "We are asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to allow us to bring Arnold Beverly before [the justices] so he can explain to them how he killed Officer Faulkner and how Mumia Abu-Jamal had nothing to do with it," defense lawyer Eliot Lee Grossman said at a news conference yesterday.
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March 22, 2000 | By Elmer Smith
Sometime soon, maybe by this summer, signs may go up renaming a portion of Roosevelt Boulevard for slain Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. That's a good thing. It's good because Daniel Faulkner and, by extension, all the men and women who have lost their lives protecting ours deserve at least that. It's good because there is something laudable about the efforts of those who struggle to keep this blameless man's life from being obscured in the continuing controversy over the fate of his convicted killer, Mumia Abu-Jamal.
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August 19, 1995 | By David E. Fisher
There has been much said about the impending death sentence handed down by the courts to be imposed upon Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was tried and convicted of the brutal murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. Some say he did not get a fair trial. Hollywood types and politicos who perhaps honestly believe this or have their own agendas have come out in support of him. It is not clear whether these individuals are stating that he is innocent and did not commit the act that all evidence points to, or whether they are implying that he was framed by a Police Department anxious to charge him with this crime because of his self-proclaimed revolutionary ideals, or both.
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March 28, 2008 | By Jennifer Lin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The call she was dreading woke Maureen Faulkner a little after 7 a.m. on the West Coast. It was Hugh Burns, a prosecutor from the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, with news: A decision on Mumia Abu-Jamal was in. "He just gave me the facts," Faulkner, 51, said in an interview yesterday from her home north of Los Angeles. But the news pulled her back to the early morning of Dec. 9, 1981, when her husband, Daniel Faulkner, a Philadelphia police officer, was shot to death near 13th and Locust Streets.
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April 29, 2000
What if Mumia Abu-Jamal had never been arrested for murdering a police officer, never gone to jail, never become a left-wing cause celebre? What if he were still who he was in 1981: a cab driver, a radio reporter without a job, briefly a member of the Black Panthers, an associate of the cult-like organization called MOVE? Can anyone conceive that the graduating seniors at Antioch College would consider that person a useful source of advice on their selected commencement themes: how an individual can impact the world and the true meaning of revolution.
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December 19, 2002
TRENT LOTT'S comments were off base, but calling for his resignation is a little too much. Remember when John Street said, "The brothers and sisters are running this city"? Where was the call for his resignation, where was the flak directed at him after he apologized? Nowhere. It just didn't happen; a week after he said it everyone forgot about it. Can you imagine what would happen if Ed Rendell had said, "The brothers and sisters are running Philadelphia"? I guarantee he would not be governor for very long.
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October 8, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A day after Mumia Abu-Jamal addressed graduates of a Vermont college, a House committee advanced a bill to give the family of the police officer he was convicted of killing a way to shut him up. The bill, believed to be the first of its kind, would let crime victims or their relatives seek injunctive relief if the criminals that harmed them seek publicity from the crime in any way. Rep. Mike Vereb (R., Montgomery) called it unconscionable that Abu-Jamal - serving life for the 1981 slaying of Philadelphia officer Daniel Faulkner - could get national exposure with a "taxpayer-funded rant.
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October 7, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police held a silent vigil Sunday in protest of convicted police killer Mumia Abu-Jamal's commencement speech at a small Vermont college. Abu-Jamal, a onetime death row inmate, is serving a life sentence for the 1981 killing of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. He spoke by video to 20 students receiving bachelor degrees from Goddard College, from which he earned a degree in prison. "Think about the myriad of problems that beset this land and strive to make it better," Abu-Jamal said in the video.
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October 4, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) urged a Vermont college Thursday to revoke its invitation to have Mumia Abu-Jamal as a commencement speaker, blasting the decision to give the platform to a convicted cop killer. "Is there any crime so heinous that Goddard would not reward the perpetrator with a spot as commencement speaker?" Toomey asked in his letter to Robert Kenny, the interim president of tiny Goddard College. On Sunday afternoon the school is scheduled to have Abu-Jamal address 20 graduates in a prerecorded speech from prison.
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December 15, 2011
AN OPEN letter to David Eisner, CEO of the National Constitution Center: Thirty years ago a young Philadelphia Police Officer, Daniel Faulkner, #4699, was shot on the streets of Philadelphia by a coward named Wesley Cook, but who chooses to be called Mumia Abu-Jamal. As the officer lay on the sidewalk outside 1234 Locust St., bleeding and incapacitated from a gunshot wound to the chest, Cook stood atop this gravely wounded officer and shot him in the face, ensuring that Faulkner would never go home to his young wife, Maureen, again.
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December 14, 2011 | BY GABRIEL L. NATHAN
TIME DOES funny things to men and memory. It creates cracks in the pavement and lines under eyes; it grays the strands of our hair and softens what were once the sharp edges of our minds. Time steals and robs and carries away grief and pain; it settles and soothes and makes us sit up and ask, "Why?" or forget to ask altogether. Thirty years ago, a young policeman lost his life on a Philadelphia sidewalk. At 3:52 a.m. on Dec. 9, 1981, the message was loud, brutal and jarring - a violent slap in the face to the city.
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December 8, 2011 | BY WILL BUNCH, bunchw@phillynews.com 215-854-2957
THE DEATH-PENALTY debate may be over for Mumia Abu-Jamal, but the controversy over the case will probably live longer than the 57-year-old cop-killer does. Here's a quick summary of what they're saying on both sides. Why he should be free: * Abu-Jamal supporters insist there's plenty of reasonable doubt whether the one-time radio journalist killed 25-year-old officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. They point, for example, to a mysterious fourth man they claim was at the crime scene - Kenneth Freeman, whose driver's license application they argue was found in Faulkner's pocket.
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April 27, 2011 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
After speaking with the widow of slain police officer Daniel Faulkner, District Attorney Seth Williams said he would appeal a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals here yesterday awarding convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal a new sentencing hearing. Williams will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the appeals court's decision and reinstate Abu-Jamal's death sentence. The D.A. said Maureen Faulkner was "devastated" by the ruling. Abu-Jamal, 57, was convicted in 1982 of first-degree murder in Faulkner's slaying and was sentenced to death.
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November 10, 2010 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tuesday was Day One for Kimmy Pawlowski, less than 24 hours after the end of an agonizing sentencing hearing for the man who admitted killing her husband, Philadelphia Police Officer John Pawlowski. The outcome - life in prison with no parole for Rasheed Scrugs, not death by lethal injection, because of a deadlocked Common Pleas Court jury - left her feeling disappointed, betrayed, and angry. Yet here she was, sitting in a cramped office at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 on Spring Garden Street, preparing to attend an afternoon federal appeals hearing for Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted and sentenced to death 28 years earlier of killing Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.
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September 24, 2010 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
Just got off the phone with Philadelphia filmmaker Tigre Hill, whose documentary The Barrel of a Gun , which gives an uncompromising perspective on Mumia Abu-Jamal, premiered this week at the Merriam Theater. One of the things I admire about Hill, whom I've known for more than 10 years, is that his work is always provocative - whether you agree with it or not. But I've got to admit, I left the screening of his movie shaking my head in disbelief. And I had to tell him so. Let's see. On one side, you've got the do-gooder prosecutor and the stalwart Police Department.
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September 19, 2010 | By Michael Smerconish
Mention "Black Panthers" to a young person today and if the words have any resonance at all, they might bring to mind the two knuckleheads who made a scene outside a Philadelphia polling place on Election Day 2008. But there was a time when a powerful revolutionary movement of the same name - with infinitely more damaging consequences - actually did infiltrate urban America. Tigre Hill's new movie, The Barrel of a Gun , which premieres Tuesday at the Merriam Theater, is a grim reminder of that era. The movie is a full-screen documentary about the murder of Daniel Faulkner by Mumia Abu-Jamal on Dec. 9, 1981.
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