The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Has Called for a Boycott of Supporters of Convicted Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal-Truth!

Summary of eRumor:  


At a recent national meeting of the Fraternal Order of Police, it was decided by vote that people, products, or organizations associated with supporting killer Mumia Abu-Jamal will be boycotted.

The Truth:

This story is true, although the list of boycott targets is a long one and may change from time to time.

Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of the 1981 killing of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner and sentenced to death. His has become one of the most publicized death penalty cases in the world. Mumia Abu-Jamal’s writing and speaking have been widely circulated and he has a large number of supporters. Mumia Abu-Jamal and his supporters claim that he did not shoot the officer and that he’s the innocent victim of a police cover-up.  They want a new trial.

Critics of Mumia Abu-Jamal say that he premeditatedly killed officer Faulkner and that no credible evidence has been shown either in the original case or repeated appeals to indicate otherwise.

For more information: Order of Police website with call for the boycott.  A tab at the top of the page leads to a link with a list of those people, products, or companies being boycotted.

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Subject: convicted killer Mumia Abu-Jamal

At the recent National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) conference in Alabama, the delegation in attendance voted unanimously to begin a boycott of persons, products and companies associated with the supporting of convicted killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

In case you don’t know, this animal was convicted in the 1981 killing of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. The act was an especially brutal and sadistic murder that still haunts the family, friends and coworkers of Officer Faulkner. (The New York Shields presented Officer Faulkner’s family with a Medal of Valor at their 1999 Police Memorial Breakfast).

Convict Abu-Jamal has written a book, “Live from Death Row,” and attempted to place himself in a celebrity status as a result of his criminal behavior. Others have supported his pathetic attempt to gain stardom and freedom, all the while spitting in the face of Officer Faulkner, his family and every single law enforcement officer in the United States.

The F. O. P. has announced the formal boycotting of the following:
1 Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Products who are donators to a defense fund for the killer.
2. Actor Paul Newman, an outspoken supporter of the killer.
3. Actress Susan Sarandon, another supporter of the killer.
4. Filmmakers Spike Lee, Oliver Stone and John Landis, supporters of the killer.
5. Writers Norman Mailer and Joyce Carol Oates, supporters of the killer.
6. Supermodel Naomi Campbell, supporter of the killer.
7. Musicians Sting, David Byrne and Michael Stipe of REM, supporters of the killer.
8. The Backstreet Boys who are performing “free” benefit concerts for the killers defense fund. One of their “benefits concerts” schedule for Baltimore, MD had to be canceled when Baltimore police officers refused to work the overtime shifts for security at the concert.

As you also may not know, a tape-recorded statement made by the killer was played at the graduation commencement ceremony of Evergreen State College in the state of Washington in June 1999. This resulted in over 800 graduates walking out and another two dozen turning their backs during the killer& #8217;s 3-minute diatribe of hate.

The F.O.P.’s position is getting widespread coverage in the media, as well it should. The members of the New York Shields stand with our fellow brothers across this country in strongly supporting this boycott and honoring the memory of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. We urge you to participate in this boycott and request that you pass this e-mail on to your coworkers, partners, family and friends. We must stand together against this brutal murderer. Please do your part and pass this important message along to your friends. Call your local grocer and tell them about Ben & Jerry’s support of a cop killer. Do your part please, you can make a difference. Send this to all of your friends in and out of law enforcement. We need to get the message out Thanks