In 1982 a Black Panther member, Mumia Abu-Jamal, was convicted of murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in cold blood. Abu-Jamal never denied the killing during his trial. Two hospital workers testified that Abu-Jamal confessed to them. He said, “I shot the (expletive), and I hope the (expletive) dies.” When Officer Faulkner tried to arrest Abu-Jamal’s brother during a traffic stop, authorities said, Abu-Jamal shot Officer Faulkner once in the back then stood over him and shot him four more times at close range directly in the face. Multiple eyewitnesses were present during the crime.
One of the people who tried to get Abu-Jamal off the hook was former NAACP defense attorney Debo P. Adegbile, who has worked tirelessly to free Abu-Jamal from prison.
Obama now has nominated this defender of a cold-blooded cop killer to head the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division as an assistant attorney general. Adegbile is sure to continue carrying out the radical agenda of Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder with the weight of the law behind him.
In 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the case to free Abu-Jamal, but if Adegbile is confirmed I feel sure he will investigate the Abu-Jamal case despite court rulings over the past three decades upholding his murder conviction.
In 2013 the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional, allowing states to change their voting laws without prior approval from the Justice Department. I believe that Adegbile, as Holder has done, essentially will ignore the ruling. Through his work at the NAACP and in arguments before the Supreme Court, Adegbile has made his belief very clear that civil rights do not apply to people of all races.