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Police and Law Enforcement Home  >  Editorials    >    Poor Choice for St. Pat's Parade Honoree


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Poor Choice For St.
Pat's Parade Honoree

Update: February 28, 2007 - New Jersey FOP Lodges Protest.  Click here

Monday, February 26, 2007 12:00 a.m.

On Sunday, March 18th the City of Newark will be holding their 72nd St. Patrick’s Day Parade.   

Most certainly, the streets will be lined with smiling children, green will replace the winter grey for a few hours and everyone will be Irish for a day. 

It’s a great tradition woven into American culture and our law enforcement culture as well.  Our ranks of yesterday were filled with immigrant and first generation Irish and many of our own traditions come from these early police officers. 

This is why we find it so disturbing to see that parade organizers chose to dedicate this year’s event to a man who just two months ago spat in the face of a murdered police officer. 


It was December of 1981 at about four o’clock in the morning. 

Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was arresting a suspect during a car stop when Mumia Abu-Jamal approached from behind and shot Officer Faulkner in the back.  Unbeknownst to Faulkner, the person he was arresting was Jamal’s brother.  From

Danny turned and was able to fire one shot that struck Abu-Jamal in the chest; the wounded officer then fell to the pavement. Mumia Abu-Jamal stood over the downed officer and shot him four more times at close range, once directly in the face. Mumia Abu-Jamal was found still at the scene of the shooting by officers who arrived there within seconds. The murderer was slumped against the curb in front of his brother's car. In his possession was a .38 caliber revolver that records showed Mumia had purchased months earlier. The chamber of the gun had five spent cartridges. 

Officer Faulkner died as a result of his injuries.  He was a twenty-five-year-old kid.  He left behind his young wife Maureen Faulkner (who has been a tireless activist for Daniel and law enforcement ever since). 

Despite the conviction and overwhelming evidence against this thug, his cause has been adopted by various Hollywood celebrities, anti-government types, and, of course, the “political prisoner” crowd.  Support for his cause has snaked as far away as France where the City of St. Denis actually named a street after this animal. 

In December of 2006, the United States House of Representatives honored Officer Faulkner in recognition of the 25th anniversary of his death.  A House Resolution went to a vote “Condemning the decision of St. Denis, France, to name a street in honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted murder of Philadelphia Police Office Danny Faulkner.”   

Congressman Donald M. Payne of the 10th District in and about Essex County, New Jersey was among 31 members of Congress who voted against the Resolution.  

Congressman Donald M. Payne of the 10th District is the honoree of this year’s Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 

We strongly condemn this choice by the parade organizers. 

This is not just some local councilperson that voted against a contract proposal or made a flip remark.   

Abu-Jamal shot a uniformed policeman five times.  It could have been any of us. 

When Officer Faulkner was down and mortally wounded, this piece of garbage shot him again in the face.  

A racially mixed jury convicted him and the evidence is overwhelming. 

Congressman Payne’s vote against this Resolution was a vote for Mumia Abu-Jamal.   

It was also a vote against Officer Daniel Faulkner.   

We don’t see it any other way. 

In casting his vote, the congressman pleased a segment of his constituency.  However, a vote like this comes with consequences, and the consequences here were losing us, the law enforcement community.

The killing of a police officer leaves a raw and open wound no matter where or when it occurred.  This case is no different.

It is an absolute abomination that of all the elected officials, brave police officers and firefighters, returning war heroes, and citizens that have gone above and beyond, Congressman Payne was chosen for such a prestigious honor, especially when considering the close relationship the parade has had with law enforcement over the years. 

Whether officers will march behind Congressman Payne remains to be seen.  There are already rumblings about a formal protest being lodged. 

But on the day of the parade if I were one of the officers working the intersections, Congressman Payne would only see my back as he walked by.   

He would only see my back as I turned it to him to take a moment to offer a prayer or a moment of silence for a Irish, Catholic policeman who died way too early back in 1981. 

I can think of no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.   

Justice for Daniel Faulkner!

Click here to see an excellent video report on the street naming by blogger Michelle Mallkin.

Click here to see a very moving video with a 1981 news report of the incident by the website

Click here to read the Anti-MOVE/Mumia Blog.

Click here to view the main website.

Monday, February 26, 2007 12:00 a.m.




I remember back in the day we had a similar problem with a Mayor in Philadelphia.  I was on a detail with other police officers when the Mayor showed up and we all turned our backs on him. The newspapers played it up and he knew at this time that he completely lost the respect of the Police Department.


I think it is time to get these people out of office. As police officers and putting our life on the line everyday so people are safe in their homes. To have people like this, slap the face of us and a Hero like Danny Faulkner.

As a Retired Philadelphia Police officer and remember this night well.  To Have Congressman Payne to do this I say it is about time for him to leave office when the time come. Danny we will never forget you. Brother I hope you Rest in peace. One of our hero's.

-Officer Carmen J. Balsama Sr. Retired
-Philadelphia Police Stakeout Unit

I see where someone (anonymous ,of course) wrote that Payne is a great congressman.

My question is .....Who is he a great congressman for? Criminals? Then let them have him, and let the law abiding citizens elect his opponent.

Mumia is a piece of Hollywood crap, and should have been executed years ago. As usual, Congressman Payne's friends and the Hollywood egotists have it wrong . Why don't they all move to France? Afraid of the lawlessness there? Cowards.

-Retired Corporal John Bielicki
-Philadelphia Police Department

Myself and most other retired cops I know (San Diego Police) love looking back on wearing a badge, many have fought for America before becoming cops, most of us have been taken to the hospital more than once...we love our country, and hate our state and federal governments.

We  have kept our honor, our governments have not. Sgt. Strong


I find it a total disgrace that anyone, politician or not would even consider honoring Mumia.  Instead their efforts should be directed to honoring a true hero and icon such Officer Daniel Faulkner!

-Sgt. Vince Testa,
-Philadelphia Police Department

What a self-severing act.  What were the reasons behind the Congressman's actions?

As yet another brother officer is laid to rest this week "for doing his/her's job" the ultimate sacrifice.

They are the true hero's in today's world. Rest in peace my brothers and sisters we will not forget you.

-In Brotherhood FC

Maybe the Blue Flu should hit the Officers assigned to this parade detail. You may be able to turn down the overtime and maybe not, but no one can tell you when you're sick. The weather has been very strange the last couple weeks.

As far as you go Payne, I believe what goes around comes around. You not supporting the police will definitely hurt you in the future either with elections.


What a disgrace! 

A member of the US House of Representatives supporting a "CONVICTED COP - KILLER." 

Really sends a message that the voters should research an individual before electing him/her to the US House.  Says a lot on what Congressman Payne thinks about guns!


I'm appalled! I'm a retired Corrections Officer and I wouldn't march with Mr. Payne. All Law Enforcement and Firefighters should protest this "slap in the face" and refuse to march. I had the great displeasure of guarding the inmate who killed a Newark policemen in the Essex county court house. I can't remember the inmates name and no one should remember this one's name either.


You people have no clue of what a great congressman Donald Payne has been.


I went to Payne's Site the last paragraph he states that he voted against censure on St. Denis France naming a street for Abu Jamal ! !

I went to Abu Jamal site and Congressman Payne is listed as a Major supporter ! !

How can this be a one time thing? How can he say he supports Police when he is listed as a Major Supporter of this piece of &#!% cop killer?

Payne you will walk with your political cronies in silence Not a single respectful Officer, Firefighter or Piper will be there. The Thin Blue Line Stands Strong! ! !


All of the Police & Fire services are boycotting the parade. It will be the fastest Newark Parade ever! The Police & Fire services have kept this parade going all these years! The parade committee is an embarrassment! 


Let's hope that Congressman Payne can blow a bagpipe. Because otherwise it will be an awful quiet parade!


The link to congressman payne (lower case for the congressman on purpose) only gives the option of being from New Jersey when filling out the email form.  I'm a disabled-retired officer from Illinois who was injured on the job. Be sure and pass along my comments to your don payne. And who in their right mind would WANT to suck up to the French?


Congressman Donald M. Payne of the 10th District, you and the rest of your low life colleagues in congress who voted against “Condemning the decision of St. Denis, France, to name a street in honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted murder of Philadelphia Police Office Danny Faulkner,” should not be allowed to work in public service, let alone walk with men and women of honor and dignity.

Goes to show how political officials, both elected and appointed, are self-severing and worthless.

I was born and raised in your district, and I have been a police officer for sixteen years. I will use every contact I have, and ask favors from everyone I know, to spread the word that your opponent should be their choice in the next Congressional election, because you obviously support flagrant assassinations of police officers and public servants. I suppose you supported the terrorist's freedom of speech when they murdered thousands of people on 9-11-2001, didn't you?

You are a disgrace to public service, and a detriment to our nation.


I believe what Andy Black from Chesapeake, Va.  Has said it all, Brothers if forced to work TURN YOUR BACK on him

-UR Mills
-Tidewater police Emerald Society

I Don't know what Congressman Payne is thinking, or why he made this decision, but obviously it is not the right thing to do. And does not set a good example for the community or the reputation of the State as a whole.

The Streets should not be named after anyone who committed a felony or worse.  I think a law should be brought to the floor to stop this from happening.  Newark is trying to move forward, and glamorizing thugs, is stupid and is back sliding.  Even though a parade is only one day, a street sign, is a thing we all look at everyday. As a child, I thought the people who had streets, named after them were someone special to look up to. An icon not a -------- .you fill in the blank. 

-Sincerely, JW

Shame on the Organizers of the Newark Saint Patrick's Day March!

Didn't someone there realize that the honoree of the parade was one of the people that voted against a resolution condemning the naming of a street after a "Cop Killer?"

Mr. Donald M. Payne is not the first choice of any red blooded police officer, who has any feelings for a brother officer killed in the line of duty.

Mr. Payne (and I use that term loosely) actually spit in and slapped the face of every decent Police Officer out there serving the public. Mr. Payne appears to have sanctioned the death, execution style of Officer Daniel Faulkner, whether he has come out with it publicly or whether he has approved an honorarium for Mumia Abu-Jamal's by naming a street after him.

Saint Patrick's Day is a holy day to all of us.  For Irish American Police Officers it is a day to celebrate and a day for all other police officers of different ethnic backgrounds to respect. How is "God's 'name can we respect a parade that headlines and highlights the likes of Mr. Donald M. Payne a supporter of a Degenerate Cop Killer?

How do you sleep at night Mr. Payne? Doesn't it bother you that you and the Hollywood Liberal leftists support and openly praise this Cop Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal? Your cohorts have even gone out and secured money for his defense fund.  What as shame.

As sick as it sounds it is the truth, and as sick as it sounds to all police officers, retired or still working, you and Jamal should spend some time together in a cell just to see what kind of individual you are backing and hoping to either build a monument to or name a street after or even name a kid after (some hero).

Shame on you Saint Patrick's Parade committee and shame on you again Mr. Donald M. Payne.

Long live the memory of Officer Daniel Faulkner may he rest in peace.

May Mumia Abu-Jamal spend the rest of his rotten life behind bars, because that is where an animal like he belongs.

I could just see the citizens of Lodi New Jersey renaming a street after Thomas Trantino or using him as the Grand Marshall in an Italian American Parade. That would be joke a bad one at that.

Respectfully submitted
Dominick A. D'Onofrio
Retired Chief Lodi PD
Lodi NJ

There should be a total and complete boycott of the parade by all law enforcement offices and firemen as well. If I were a cop in Essex County, I'd rather take a suspension than walk with Congressman Payne.

Goes to show how political officials, both elected and appointed, are self-severing and worthless.


As the son of a retired NJ Police Officer, I can't believe what a slap in the face this is to all NJ cops, if not all cops in the USA! I don't care what you're political beliefs are but come on!! This is NUTS!! I hope all Newark Police Officers and the Emerald Society come together and boycott his parade and their city council for allowing this to happen.

Rob Moore
Norfolk Police Department (Norfolk, VA)
3rd Precinct
Tidewater police Emerald Society


What a piece of trash.  Maybe Representative Payne needs to have some e-mails sent his way to let him know exactly how many LEO's are NOT backing him or his decision.   Here's his e-mail address:


Ditto, ditto, ditto. God Bless Danny Faulkner


Disgrace....maybe someday Congressmen Payne will have a loved one or someone he cares about attacked by some street animal....I'm sure he'd think differently then instead of worrying about getting re-elected by the ignorant vote...Don't turn your back on him...spit in his face!........

-J Branagan
  Nutley NJ

To my 10th Congressional District Brothers & Sisters in Uniform. It is an outright disgrace and embarrassment that the parade committee decided to give this distinguished honor to an elected official who actually endorses the killing of Police Officers and the honoring of their killers.

Do yourself a favor come election time and send him back under whatever rock he crawled out from.

Sgt. Richard G. Desmond
Camden NJPD/Retired
President/Camden Cnty Emerald Society
Past National President
National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies

As a member of the Police Emerald Society of Tidewater, VA, I am appalled at the choice of Congressman Donald M. Payne of the 10th District as the honoree of this year’s Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

How can anyone who considers him/herself Irish bestow such an honor on a man who voted against a House Resolution “Condemning the decision of St. Denis, France, to name a street in honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Danny Faulkner.”

It is my hope that, if this decision isn't rescinded, that all Police and Fire Emerald Societies boycott the parade, and that every other Irishman in Newark turn their back on this politician as he passes (if you show-up at the parade at all!).

-Andy Black
-Police Emerald Society of Tidewater

If there is a formal protest by police officers please post something about it. I'll be there in full uniform to boo that piece of garbage.


An injustice against one of us is an injustice against all of us. Never forget Daniel Faulkner.


Congressmen??? How about a bunch of stinking liberal scumbags that will never have my vote.


People only like us when they need us! This is the same BS! Do think the everyday person cares if we get killed and never see our family again? The answer is NO!

NPD should open all the streets and deep 6 the parade route!


To all Newark PD officers, boycott the overtime for this parade.


What is the problem with voting against the naming of a street after a man who murdered a police officer?  How there could be 31 votes in a United States Congress is a very pathetic testimonial to the state of our country.


That is not right.

I really hope the powers that be reconsider.

-A Concerned Cop





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and Long Memories

Saturday, March 17, 2007 1:00 p.m.

The echo from the shots which rang out some twenty-six years ago near the intersection of Locust Street and 12th Street in Philadelphia can still be heard today. 

In fact, on Sunday, March 18th they will be especially loud.

Exactly 85.9 miles from the spot where Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner fell, masses will be gathering and preparing to march in the Newark St. Patrick's Day Parade. 

However, for the first time in many years a deeply entrenched tradition will be broken: there will be no police officers among the participants.

To serve as this year's parade honoree, organizers chose Congressman Donald Payne.  This choice drew the ire of New Jersey law enforcement (read out editorial) and Philadelphia law enforcement as well.

Last December, Congressman Payne voted against a Resolution condemning a city in France for naming a street after Mumia Abu Jamal, the street animal who murdered Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner.

In response, the New Jersey State FOP formally objected and requested parade organizers to reconsider their choice.  (Read FOP President Edward R. Brannigan's letter)

Organizers stuck by their decision.

Then, in an incredible statement of solidarity and long memories, Newark officers announced they will not be marching.

None of these officers knew Daniel Faulkner, and many weren't even yet born when he was killed.

We find it absolutely awe inspiring that such allegiance still flows through our ranks. 

It gets better.

The relationship between police officers and firefighters can best be compared to that between two brothers.  They sometimes fight, but they're always there for each other when needed.

Well, the firefighters have once again proven themselves to be loyal and caring brothers.  It was announced yesterday that they too would be boycotting the parade. 

Cheers to you, New Jersey's bravest.  True class.

Whether anyone else skips this year's parade remains to be seen, but, honestly, who cares. 

It's already been shown that a 25-year-old policeman who was brutally murdered a quarter century ago has not been forgotten by his fellow knights.

What a statement.


Since this episode began, Congressman Payne has clarified the reasoning for his vote and distanced himself from the pro-Mumia crowd which we're glad to see.  From the Friday Star Ledger:

"First, the measure injected Congress into a matter still pending in the justice system," Payne wrote in a letter published Friday in The Star-Ledger of Newark. "We would also be setting a poor precedent by involving Congress in the affairs of a French town and urging the French government to take action against a town for the naming of a street."

Yes, the matter is still pending further appeal, but it's been twenty-six years since Officer Faulkner's murder.  When will it be enough time?  It needs to be understood that Daniel Faulkner's murder continues to be a very open and sore would with us.  As far as France, her government and citizenry have never had a problem criticizing America and Americans. 

With this said, emotions need to be kept in check.  Congressman Payne is not Abu-Jamal, and he had nothing to do with Officer Daniel Faulkner's murder.

368 other members of congress saw the Resolution as an opportunity to unite behind a fallen officer, and we're disappointed that 31 members didn't see it that way no matter what the reasoning.

It's been twenty-six years since his murder, and people are still learning the name Daniel Faulkner every day. 

This day is no different.

Justice for Daniel Faulkner.


Related Links

Click here to see an excellent video report on the street naming by blogger Michelle Mallkin.

Click here to see a very moving video with a 1981 news report of the incident by the website

Click here to read the Anti-MOVE/Mumia Blog.

Click here to view the main website.

Click here to read the pro-Mumia site's reaction to the parade issue.

Saturday, March 17, 2007 1:00 p.m.


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