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Earlier this month, the Senate rejected President Obama's nomination of Debo Adegbile to lead the civil rights division of the Justice Department.

By linking Adegbile with the killing of a police officer, for which Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted three decades earlier, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) steamrolled over the constitutional right to counsel.

The FOP demonized Abu-Jamal with inflammatory and racially-coded language like "thug" and "notorious cop-killer." [1]  In the end, seven Democratic senators from predominantly white states voted against Adegbile to avoid being associated with Abu-Jamal's case in the upcoming elections. [2]

The profuse evidence of judicial and prosecutorial misconduct and the worldwide activism on behalf of Abu-Jamal have all made his case a global symbol of U.S. justice gone wrong. In 2000, Amnesty International found that the case "was irredeemably tainted by politics and race and failed to meet international fair trial standards." [3]

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Ever since his arrest in 1981, Abu-Jamal has been targeted by the Fraternal Order of Police, "the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers." With strong ties to allied politicians and news media, the FOP's lobbying power -- comparable to the NRA's influence on Congress -- reflects the enormous leverage that police power wields over our entire judicial system and society at large.

The FOP fears that if the U.S. Department of Justice were given real teeth for change, it would investigate systematic police abuse and brutality in many communities across the country. One-third of the officers involved in collecting evidence in Abu-Jamal's case were subsequently convicted of extortion, corruption and evidence-tampering. [4]

For over 20 years, the Free Mumia movement has called for a civil rights investigation of this case. Such a review could ignite a firestorm of pressure for a thorough investigation of Philadelphia's police force. A recent case of brutality involves a police assault during a stop-and-frisk that resulted in the ruptured testicle of 16-year-old Darrin Manning. [5]  Clearly, a basic change of direction is essential.

Please take a minute now to send a clear message to top officials in Pennsylvania and Washington -- letting them know that you want an end to the injustice in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Also, you will serve the interests of justice if you forward this message to friends.

Thank you!

--- The RootsAction.org Team

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Footnotes:
[1] The Fraternal Order of Police: Letter to President Obama; Wall Street Journal: The Justice Nominee and The Cop Killer
[2] ThinkProgress: Meet the 7 Democrats Who Just Voted Down a Nominee
[3] Amnesty International: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal
[4] Johanna Fernandez: Justice on Trial: The Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal; Dave Lindorff: "Killing Time: An Investigation into Death Row Case of Mumia"
[5] Linn Washington Jr.: Sexual Assault, Other Philadelphia Police Scandals

Background:
Presidential Statement on Senate's Failure to Confirm Debo Adegbile
Human Rights Watch: The Fraternal Order of Police
New York Times: Book Asserts Black Reporter Didn't Kill White Officer
New York Times: U.S. Files Its Rights Suit Charging Philadelphia Police
J. Patrick O'Connor: "The Mumia Exception"
The Campaign to Bring Mumia Home

  

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