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Archive for Sunday, December 9, 2001

Camps demonstrate for slain police officer, death row inmate

December 9, 2001

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— Several hundred supporters of death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal rallied Saturday for his release, marking the 20-year anniversary of the shooting of a police officer.

Carrying signs and chanting "Brick by brick, wall by wall, we are going to free, Mumia Abu-Jamal," about 250 demonstrators proclaimed Abu-Jamal's innocence and demanded his release.

In a separate rally today, exactly 20 years after the shooting death of Daniel Faulkner, supporters of the slain police officer planned to dedicate a plaque in Faulkner's honor at the site of the shooting.

Members of Justice for Police Officer Daniel Faulkner say Abu-Jamal is an unrepentant, convicted cop-killer who deserves to die.

Jamal has maintained his innocence, saying he was shot by police as he ran to the scene and then beaten.

On Dec. 9, 1981, Faulkner had pulled over Abu-Jamal's brother, and a scuffle ensued. Prosecutors say Abu-Jamal ran to the scene, shooting Faulkner in the back as he ran.

Faulkner then shot Abu-Jamal in the abdomen and fell. Prosecutors say Abu-Jamal shot Faulkner in the face and was found wounded with his revolver nearby.

A jury convicted Abu-Jamal and sentenced him to death.

Abu-Jamal has argued that his former lawyers did a poor job and that he has new evidence that could clear him.

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