Abu Jamal Mumia (really named Wesley Cook) is the convicted cop killer of Daniel Faulkner. He shot Faulkner 5 times… FIVE TIMES and one of those shots was point blank in the face, in what can be described as an ambush assassination.
In the early hours of December 9th, 1981, in a less than pretty part of Philadelphia, 2 cars were parked across the street from each other, Mumia in one and his brother, William Cook in the other. Faulkner, a white cop was performing a traffic stop on Cook. Some say that Faulkner was bludgeoning Cook, others say he was cuffing him. But regardless, Mumia dashed across the street, shooting the policeman in the back. Faulkner was able to shoot Mumia in the chest before Mumia unloaded his gun in the policeman, with one bullet in the face, at point blank range.
Obviously, Mumia survived and is now on death row where he broadcasts a radio show – you might have heard Van Jones speaking on it a few weeks ago.
At age 15, Mumia was a member of the Black Panthers in Philadelphia and his hero is Huey Newton. (The Black Panthers just keep showing up in one place or another lately, don’t they?) Unbelievable as it is, Mumia has even been invited to speak at university commencements (of course, not in person but videotaped from his cell): Kent State, Occidental College (remember that Obama attended this one) and UC Santa Cruz, among them.
The list of those who support Mumia and are working on his behalf are a real eclectic group, from the late Paul Newman to Ben & Jerry of ice cream fame; Amnesty International, the National Lawyers Guild and of course, the NAACP. The list is a real eye-opening read.
And of course, Van Jones. (Please read this article from 1999, SF Chronicle about a rally Van Jones helped organize on behalf of Mumia. Remember Valerie Jarret’s words? “We’ve been watching Van since his early days in San Fransico”?) I’m not sure which is worse, Van Jones defending Mumia or being a 9/11 truther. They are both equally despicable.
Abu Jamal has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts from California State University. In 1996 he wrote a book about his prison experience titled Live from Death Row and he hosted his own radio show on (believe it or not) Prison Radio.