October 8, 2014 |
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.
October 7, 2014 |
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.
October 4, 2014 |
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.
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.
December 14, 2011 |
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.
December 8, 2011 |
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.
April 27, 2011 |
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.
November 10, 2010 |
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.
September 24, 2010 |
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.
September 19, 2010 |
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.