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French Mumia backers get Liberty Bells - Slain cop's wife outraged by city's gesture
Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 2/12/2005 | CHRIS BRENNAN

Posted on 02/12/2005 4:31:57 AM PST by dirtboy

French politicians and activists seeking a new trial and freedom for convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal were welcomed in a Friday rally at City Hall and given replicas of the Liberty Bell.

Mjenzi Traylor, the city's first deputy director of commerce, told the crowd of about 150 that he was there to "make certain that we are receiving the message that you would like for us to deliver to Mayor Street."

Maureen Faulkner, the widow of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, later called that greeting an "absolute outrage."

Abu-Jamal was convicted of murdering Faulkner in 1981.

"This man stood over him and shot him, point-blank, in the face," Maureen Faulkner said. "For them to give them replicas of the Liberty Bell and welcome them with open arms, I think it's an embarrassment for the city."

Faulkner said she planned to call Street on Monday to protest the city's actions.

"This is a disgrace," she said. "It is a slap in the face for all of law enforcement."

Street planned to attend the meeting with the French politicians but canceled due to a busy schedule, his staff said.

Instead, Traylor was scheduled to meet in private with Connie Little, the mayor's executive assistant, and the French politicians.

But when the large crowd arrived with escorts from the Philadelphia Police Department's Civil Affairs unit after marching around City Hall chanting Abu-Jamal's name, Street's staff decided to let them all into the mayor's reception room.

Jacky Hortaut of the National Unit Collective, a coalition of pro-Abu-Jamal groups, addressed the crowd with pointed words for the Philadelphia judicial system.

Common Pleas Court Judge Pamela Dembe postponed a hearing on Abu-Jamal's appeal yesterday, saying a ruling in a recent, unrelated case raised questions about jurisdiction. She is waiting for attorneys on both sides of the case to weigh in on that.

"We are here to denounce this discriminatory and racist justice," Hortaut said. "So we are here today to tell Mrs. Dembe that we are here to support Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose only crime has been to fight for poor people here in America."

Traylor then handed them the Liberty Bell replicas.

"We welcome you to Philadelphia," said Traylor, who serves as the city's international liaison for visiting dignitaries. "Thank you very much for coming."

Jacques Daguenet, a city councilman from Paris, then decried what he called Abu-Jamal's "racist trial." Paris made Abu-Jamal an honorary citizen in 2003.

"He is the voice of people who have nothing," Daguenet said. "We have to struggle to have him free."

Majid Wannass, a deputy for the mayor of Saint Denis, just outside of Paris, drew cheers when he told the crowd his town would rename a street for Abu-Jamal.

Hortaut, Daguenet and Wannass spoke in French with an English translator for the crowd.

Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death in 1982 but a federal judge in 2001 ruled that he should be sentenced to life in prison or granted a new trial.

Abu-Jamal is seeking a new trial while the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office is seeking to reinstate the death sentence.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: copkiller; copkillers; demorats; mumia; outrageousstreet
The Street Administration just POed every cop in Philly. Pretty stupid action from a bunch so rife with corruption. We might just see some new leads falling into the laps of the FBI investigation now.
1 posted on 02/12/2005 4:31:59 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

Why is that subhuman POS still alive?


2 posted on 02/12/2005 4:34:45 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: dirtboy

Stick in the needle-take out the trash


3 posted on 02/12/2005 4:35:11 AM PST by Armigerous ( Non permitte illegitimi te carborundum- "Don't let the bastards grind you down")
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To: dirtboy
"We welcome you to Philadelphia," said Traylor, who serves as the city's international liaison for visiting dignitaries. "Thank you very much for coming."

First homosexual tourists and now cop-killer supporters. Philly is definitely off my list.

4 posted on 02/12/2005 4:38:14 AM PST by evolved_rage
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To: dirtboy

the enemy within....
What a degrading display of surrender and cringing, fawning, cowardly submission and dhimmitude; to the accursed French, no less.
How much more will it take? Bring down the institutional media culture (the "MSM") and the rest will collapse like dominoes.
Fry Mumia!


5 posted on 02/12/2005 4:44:28 AM PST by atomic conspiracy (This message prepared with MS-CBS Word 72 software)
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To: dirtboy

Why don't we just send the cop-killer to France since they love him so much. Bet he'd get greeted with a hero's welcome. After all, the french loved Ira Einhorn so much, bet this guy would fit right in.

Maybe he and Chirac could spend sometime watching a few Jerry Lewis films together.


6 posted on 02/12/2005 4:49:51 AM PST by KosmicKitty (Well... There you go again!)
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To: dirtboy

If they had carried out the death sentence in a timely matter this could have all been avoided. The man is a cold blooded murderer .


7 posted on 02/12/2005 4:50:01 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: sgtbono2002

Yet another reason to boycott French wine and other products.


8 posted on 02/12/2005 5:02:22 AM PST by Ronaldus Magnus Reagan
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To: dirtboy
Majid Wannass, a deputy for the mayor of Saint Denis, just outside of Paris, drew cheers when he told the crowd his town would rename a street for Abu-Jamal.

Words fail me.

The French hate America, they care so much about a street thug cop killer they are going to name a street after him?

That is so Frenchy

9 posted on 02/12/2005 5:06:27 AM PST by Popman
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To: dirtboy
I have a better headline for this:

French Mumia-cong invade Philly, local quislings surrender!

10 posted on 02/12/2005 5:06:59 AM PST by atomic conspiracy (This message prepared with MS-CBS Word 72 software)
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To: atomic conspiracy

You know, I was born and raised in England, where hating the French is a time-honored tradition, as natural as rain and fog.
The rest of you have had to learn, but the French make it easy, don't they?


11 posted on 02/12/2005 5:13:54 AM PST by atomic conspiracy (This message prepared with MS-CBS Word 72 software)
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To: dirtboy
whose only crime has been to fight for poor people here in America."

There are no words.

Actually there are but if I type them the post will be pulled and JimRob will make me stand in the corner.

I will only say this, May they get exactly what they deserve.

12 posted on 02/12/2005 5:17:27 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear ( At least now we know that migrating elephant herds react badly to flaming motor homes...)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Yes. . .yes they do.


13 posted on 02/12/2005 5:27:46 AM PST by Gunrunner2
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To: dirtboy

For an excellent reference web site, please go to http://www.danielfaulkner.com/.

The information here make it clear and plain the absolute, unquestionable guilt of that cop killer.


14 posted on 02/12/2005 5:30:43 AM PST by Gunrunner2
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To: dirtboy

Wish I had a "FRY MUMIA" bumper sticker.


15 posted on 02/12/2005 5:34:52 AM PST by steelwheels
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To: dirtboy

Wish I had a "FRY MUMIA" bumper sticker.


16 posted on 02/12/2005 5:35:55 AM PST by steelwheels
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To: Gunrunner2

Quote from the web site:

>>JAMAL WAS FOUND ROUGHLY 10 FEET FROM FAULKNER'S DEAD BODY JUST 40 SECONDS AFTER THE FATAL SHOT WAS FIRED. JAMAL WAS WEARING AN EMPTY SHOULDER HOLSTER AND HAD AN EMPTIED GUN LYING AT HIS SIDE. FOUR PEOPLE, EACH OF WHOM WAS LESS THAN 60 FEET FROM THE SHOOTING, SAW JAMAL SHOOT OFFICER FAULKNER AND THREE OF THEM PHYSICALLY IDENTIFIED JAMAL AS THE KILLER AT THE CRIME SCENE. LESS THAN ONE HOUR AFTER THE SHOOTING, EACH EYEWITNESS GAVE A SIGNED WRITTEN STATEMENT DESCRIBING WHAT THEY HAD SEEN, TO FOUR DIFFERENT OFFICERS, AT FOUR DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. (NONE OF THESE EYEWITNESSES KNEW EACH OTHER BEFORE THE SHOOTING AND THEY HAD NO CHANCE TO COORDINATE THEIR STORIES BEFORE GIVING THEIR STATEMENTS TO POLICE.) WHEN THE POLICE FIRST ARRIVED AT THE SCENE, INSTEAD OF PROFESSING HIS INNOCENCE, MUMIA ABU-JAMAL TRIED TO PICK UP HIS GUN AND SHOOT THEM TOO.

Sorry, we didn't mean to shout. But it's annoying when some self-important organization with an anti Death Penalty agenda ignores the glaring facts while pretending to be "thorough" and "objective".<<


17 posted on 02/12/2005 5:37:03 AM PST by Gunrunner2
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To: dirtboy

FRY MUMIA


18 posted on 02/12/2005 5:37:25 AM PST by Drango (tag line under repair)
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To: Drango

19 posted on 02/12/2005 5:44:11 AM PST by Drango (tag line under repair)
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To: dirtboy

So the French think killing police officer is perfectly acceptable as long as it is a black person killing a white officer?


20 posted on 02/12/2005 5:45:27 AM PST by Unam Sanctam
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To: dirtboy
That Wesley Cook ("Mumia's" real name) is still drawing breath is an outrage. This is an example of how justice can be subverted if you have powerful enough friends. Cook is guilty. Period. Cook should die. Period.

Kill Mumia!

21 posted on 02/12/2005 6:06:41 AM PST by IronJack
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Mumia has been tried. When will we see him fry?


22 posted on 02/12/2005 6:26:59 AM PST by indcons (Destroy liberalism to destroy communism, socialism, and wahabbism)
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To: evolved_rage

And I remember when my parents used to speak about all their good times growing up there.


23 posted on 02/12/2005 6:29:06 AM PST by cubreporter
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To: atomic conspiracy

One more reason to like the British...thank you


24 posted on 02/12/2005 6:34:38 AM PST by Kimmers
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To: dirtboy

Perhaps University of Colorado can hire Mumia to write articles to be posted on their website.


25 posted on 02/12/2005 6:35:04 AM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

http://www.twainquotes.com/French.html

Above URL is to Mark Twain quotes on the French.
He thought very lowly of them.


26 posted on 02/12/2005 6:41:23 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (So I talk to myself, at least I am talking to a mind that is my equal)
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To: dirtboy

"For them to give them replicas of the Liberty Bell and welcome them with open arms, I think it's an embarrassment for the city."

You can say that again.


27 posted on 02/12/2005 7:18:13 AM PST by lotusblos
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To: Unam Sanctam
So the French think killing police officer is perfectly acceptable as long as it is a black person killing a white officer?

Not surprising. The Democrats think that too.

28 posted on 02/12/2005 7:53:07 AM PST by wyattearp (The best weapon to have in a gunfight is a shotgun - preferably from ambush.)
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To: atomic conspiracy
You know, I was born and raised in England, where hating the French is a time-honored tradition, as natural as rain and fog.

The rest of you have had to learn, but the French make it easy, don't they?

It almost makes me feel ashamed that we let them help us kick The King's butt, all those years ago. ;-)

29 posted on 02/12/2005 7:56:08 AM PST by wyattearp (The best weapon to have in a gunfight is a shotgun - preferably from ambush.)
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To: dirtboy

I can't stand Street. This is awful. I can tell you where I'd like to put those Liberty Bell's, and without Vaseline!!! This makes my blood boil.


30 posted on 02/12/2005 4:59:32 PM PST by hipaatwo
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I can tell you where I'd like to put those Liberty Bell's, and without Vaseline!!!

Put a wiretap in them first and I'll help.

31 posted on 02/12/2005 5:29:40 PM PST by dirtboy (Funny how liberals are suddenly concerned about someone's sex life. Where were they in 1998?)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Oh, I don't think I had to learn to hate the frogs, it's just sort of instinctive. (fun, too!) :>)


32 posted on 02/12/2005 5:33:01 PM PST by ozzymandus
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I read and re-read this story and I am just dumbfounded.

I live in South Philly and it really is a great place, great people, great food....

I am just disgusted by this. I am astounded that the Street administration would stab us in the back like this.

I want to rant on more but I just can't. I am too angry for words

What a disgrace.


33 posted on 02/12/2005 7:00:41 PM PST by tiggs (Do you have stairs in your house?)
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