Mumia Opponents, Supporters Out In Full Force
(CBS 3) PHILADELPHIA
As supporters of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal gathered in Philadelphia to celebrate his birthday, others stood in protest of the event.In 1982, Abu-Jamal was convicted of killing police officer Daniel Faulkner.The event all happened when the Fraternal Order of Police and the widow of Officer Faulkner, Maureen, walked down Broad Street Tuesday evening.
"The Fraternal Order of Police and I wanted to do this as a remembrance to Danny, let's not forget about the victim," Maureen said.
The F.O.P. march ended in a silent stand-off outside the location of the Abu-Jamal rally at 15th and Cherry Streets.Actor Danny Glover was one of the supporters of Abu-Jamal in town on Tuesday."We have to be the one that demand that justice is served," Glover said.
Earlier in the day, supporters of the death row inmate Abu-Jamal celebrated his 53rd birthday with a rally at Philadelphia City Hall.Tuesday’s rally outraged the Fraternal Order of Police.On May 17, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals will begin deciding whether Abu-Jamal will be granted a new trial.In his latest appeal, Abu-Jamal accuses prosecutors of practicing racial discrimination during jury selection. Prosecutors denied the allegation.
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