Monday, December 10, 2007
Mumia Abu-Jamal- Murderer and Darling of the Left
Officer Daniel Faulkner- The Victim
Mumia Abu Jamal- The Murderer
In the early morning hours of December 9, 1981, Philadelphia PD Officer, Daniel Faulkner was shot down and killed while making a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by William Cook. During the stop, a scuffle between Cook and Faulkner ensued. At this point, Cook's brother, Mumia Abu-Jamal (born Wesley Cook), joined the fray from a nearby parking lot. When it was over, Officer Faulkner was mortally wounded by shots fired from a gun recovered at the scene, which had been purchased by Mumia in 1979. Several spent cartridges were also recovered. Mumia was arrested at the scene as he lay wounded on the sidewalk by shots fired by Faulkner's weapon. Four eyewitnesses to the incident identified Mumia as the shooter. In addition, two other witnesses at the hospital where Mumia was being treated for his wounds, heard him state, "I shot the motherf-----, and I hope the motherf----- dies."
Subsequent investigation connected the bullets from Faulkner's body with the weapon belonging to Mumia that was recovered at the scene. At his trial, Mumia, who was initially allowed to represent himself, disrupted the courtroom with his outbursts until he was removed. He was convicted and given the death penalty.
Yet, Mumia was the ideal sympathetic figure for the far left in America and abroad. A Black Panther Party member, he represented, to the left, the archtypical oppressed African-American, victimized by the brutal white police. Various individuals and organizations came to his defense. They questioned the reliability of the evidence and truthfullness of the witnesses.
As the years passed and the appeals mounted, Mumia never lost his support of America's university radicals, black nationalist groups and many Hollywood celebrities, like Ed Asner and Susan Sarandon. In addition, Desmond Tutu of South Africa has rallied to his cause as has Amnesty International. The European community, not to be left out, has also jumped to his defense. Mumia is an honorary citizen of more than 20 cities around the world including Paris, Montreal and Palermo. He has received various "human rights" awards and been allowed to broadcast a commencement speech at an American university from his prison cell.
The judicial system has dragged on all these years debating the conviction and the death penalty. As of this writing, Mumia still sits on death row while his supporters attempt to gain a new trial based on "new evidence" they say would exonerate him.
Now comes a new book by Faulkner's widow, Maureen, entitled, "Murdered by Mumia", co-written with conservative talk show commentator, Michael Smerconish. In her book, Faulkner argues against the support that Mumia has enjoyed from certain segments of the public, that Mumia is guilty and should, indeed, be executed for his crime. Predictably, the left-wing press is now attacking her. The Atlantic Free Press, for example, referred to the book written by Faulkner and "right-wing, Bill O'Reilly wannabe", Michael Smerconish.
On December 6, Faulkner was interviewed on the "Today" show by Matt Lauer, as Mumia supporters demonstrated on the street outside the studio, in effect, spitting in the face of the widow. Lauer, as might be expected, took a decidedly pro-Mumia approach in his interview, questioning Smerconish's motives, and referring to the demonstrators outside, asked Faulkner if she ever considered that they might be right. He also asked Faulkner this question: "Do you allow yourself to consider the fact that perhaps he didn't do this?"
This obscene nonsense has been going on for 25 years now. Not only has justice been delayed for so long, but supposedly serious people actually believe this puke is innocent. Do any of these people care a whit about Officer Faulkner, who had his life taken away at 25? Do any of them care a whit about his widow? No, they don't. They reserve their sympathy for a murderer who gives them the chance to indulge their belief that America is an evil and racist country. I have nothing but contempt for Mumia's supporters. In the case of the people in the entertainment community, I will refuse to patronize any film or show that they appear in. They are beyond disgust.