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Police and Law Enforcement Home  >  Philly FOP Responds to Mumia Court Decision


PHILADELPHIA FOP Responds to Mumia Court Decision

Press Release Issued by the Philadelphia FOP Lodge #5
Tuesday, December 27, 2005 5:21 p.m.

On behalf of the Police Officers of F.O.P. Lodge #5, Philadelphia along with our brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement throughout the country, we are outraged, shocked and dismayed to learn that the 3rd Circuit Court of appeals would consider that convicted cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal should get a new trial.

The facts of the case that convicted the cowardly acts of Mumia Abu Jamal on the December 09th, 1981 murder of Police Officer Danny Faulkner are still the same 24 years later.

The facts of the case have and always have been clear, concise and overwhelming. - - consider the following:

  • Police arrived within moments after the incident and found Mr. Jamal sitting on the curb, wounded and only a short distance from the dead officer.
  • Officer Faulkner's spent bullet was found in the attackers' chest.
  • The attacker, Mumia Abu Jamal, was wearing a shoulder holster.
  • Mumia Abu Jamal's gun was registered to him, in his name.
  • The attackers gun was found near him with five spent shells, two of which were in the body of the deceased Officer.
  • In addition to a spontaneous statement, in which Mr. Jamal stated he shot the officer, three eye witnesses positively identified Mumia Abu Jamal as the shooter at the scene of the murder.
  • One eyewitness stated she saw the officer shot in the back by Mumia Abu Jamal.
  • Another eyewitness testified he never lost sight of the defendant (Jamal), from the time he shot the officer, until he was placed in custody by police.
  • Still another eyewitness testified he was so close to the shooting of the Police Officer, that the witness could see the officer's body jerk- his whole body jerked when he was shot in the face.
  •  The jury, multiracial in it's making up, was chosen with Mr. Jamal's personal participation and found the evidence against him to be overwhelming. To that end , the jury, not the Judge, voted unanimously to convict Mumia Abu Jamal of First Degree Murder and imposed the death penalty because he executed Officer Faulkner in cold blood.
  • Mumia Abu Jamal has had numerous legal appeals through the court system including the Commonwealth Court, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and our highest court in the land, The United States Supreme Court. His convictions were upheld at every level.
  • This entire appeal is ridiculous. It's a smack in the face to not only the entire legal process, but to Danny Faulkner's family. How much suffering must they endure? Enough is Enough!

Danny Faulkner is dead. He can no longer Love, Laugh or have a family, He had no appeals !

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005 5:21 p.m.



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