April 23, 1999
By the tens of thousands, caring people are expected to come to Philadelphia to march for justice. Yet tomorrow's event cannot possibly advance the cause of justice. There will be banners decrying police misconduct - a grave problem that has disgraced departments in Philadelphia, New York and around the country. But the dedicated opponents of uniformed brutality, racism and corruption are undercutting their credibility by marching and rallying on behalf of a convicted cop-killer, Mumia Abu-Jamal.
June 25, 1997 |
Maureen Faulkner, the widow of slain police officer Daniel Faulkner, is accusing City Council President John Street of being a "promoter" for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the man convicted of killing her husband. Faulkner, who made her comments in a letter to the Daily News, was reacting to a June 4 Council briefing arranged by Street for Abu-Jamal supporters. Only Street and two other Council members Street attended the briefing in Council's caucus room. Abu-Jamal supporters had lobbied Council to pass a resolution in support of the cop-killer's request for a new trial but failed to gain a single sponsor.
April 5, 2000
A hearing tomorrow at the Criminal Justice Center will determine whether former Police Officer Christopher DiPasquale is charged with murder in the killing of Donta Dawson. There is an epidemic of police killings and violations of the democratic rights of black and Puerto Rican people across this country. Why are police never convicted of killing unarmed African or Puerto Rican people (Amadou Diallo in New York, Dawson in Philadelphia)? When statistics show that crime is dropping in all categories, why is there a boom in the profitable prison industry?
May 25, 1995
Some people who oppose the death penalty are always looking for someone to put a sympathetic face on their cause. Unfortunately for them, there aren't many sympathetic faces on death row. That's the only possible explanation for the fact that Mumia Abu-Jamal is an international hero. The former radio reporter was convicted of firing a bullet into the bridge of a police officer's nose as he lay wounded on the ground, killing him instantly. Most of his supporters are linked to fringe anti-execution or civil-rights groups who find Jamal the perfect poster child for their beliefs.
July 1, 1995 |
In its first legal response to death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal's appeal last month for a new trial, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has argued that the judge who initially presided over the 1982 trial should also hear the appeal. Abu-Jamal's appeal contended that Common Pleas Court Judge Albert F. Sabo had showed himself to be prejudiced against the defendant in the tumultuous trial, and that he could not fairly rule on the appeal. But Assistant District Attorney Hugh Burns yesterday filed a brief arguing that Sabo could be impartial and should not recuse himself.
August 15, 1995 |
The controversial case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the black journalist and political radical sentenced to die for the 1981 murder of white police officer Daniel Faulkner, has raised a lot of questions, not just about the specifics of this particular case, but about the issue of fairness in our criminal justice system. Mostly, those questions circle around the issue of racial equity. Sadly, however, I have discovered a subtle anti-gay element is this disturbing case. Recently, I was speaking with former assistant district attorney Joseph McGill, who prosecuted the case in 1982.
June 12, 1999 |
Imagine you've just spent thousands on your child's education. After four years, you show up at the graduation ceremony hoping to hear a commencement address that will inspire your youngster to go out into the world and make it a better place. And who do you get? Mumia Abu-Jamal. A convicted cop-killer - talking about the Declaration of Independence. "If I was a parent and put my child through school, I'd be absolutely outraged," said Mike Lutz, president of the Pennsylvania State Fraternal Order of Police Lodge.
April 24, 1999 |
Dozens of yellow and blue police barricades lay in neat piles last evening on the sidewalk across from the Union League of Philadelphia. But only one was erected at the venerable institution at Broad and Sansom streets. On the eve of a massive demonstration to support convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal today, peace prevailed last night at the sold-out tribute dinner for the officer who was shot to death by the former radio journalist more than 18 years ago. Slain officer Daniel Faulkner was honored by more than 800 police officers, politicians and friends and family members who paid $100 each to attend the event, organized by local lawyer and talk-radio host Michael Smerconish.
June 4, 1990 |
Albert Valentino was shot by bullets fired from a fellow officer's gun during a struggle with a suspect in the city's Mayfair section last year. Daniel Gleason was shot while trying to resolve a North Philadelphia street dispute in 1986. His widow, Pamela Gleason, then devoted her life to consoling the wives of other officers killed in the line of duty - until she was killed in a car crash last year. The slayings of Thomas Trench in 1985 and Daniel Faulkner in 1981 touched off community bitterness among Hispanics and blacks, respectively.
February 11, 2000
The controversy over Philadelphia cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal has now snagged the national Republican party into its surreal web. Pay attention; this gets tricky: The Fraternal Order of Police has asked the Republican Party to move this summer's national convention in Philadelphia from the First Union Center, because the Center allowed a pro-Mumia group called Rage Against the Machine to perform there in December. The FOP, which represents 14,000 Philadelphia police officers, has added First Union bank to its list of boycott targets, which includes hundreds of artists and writers who support a new trial for Abu-Jamal, convicted of murdering police officer Daniel Faulkner 18 years ago. It says the Republican convention in the center would send an anti-police message.