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Convicted Cop Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal Is Nominee for NAACP ‘Unsung Hero’

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Wednesday, 03 Apr 2013 02:39 PM

By Michael Mullins

Convicted Cop Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, who murdered Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner in December of 1981, was recently nominated three times on NAACP’s 'Unsung Hero' page.

The page was set up in February, which is Black History Month, to honor pioneers of the civil rights movement.

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The Daily Caller said it made repeated attempts to contact the NAACP to find out why the nominations were posted on the page, considering Abu-Jamal is a convicted murderer. The civil rights organization has not responded.

Abu-Jamal's nomination, appearing in three consecutive posts, is among 100 other prominent nominees, including Rosa Parks, Booker T. Washington, Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, and President Barack Obama.

Though nominations on the 'Unsung Hero' page are from visitors and not from the NAACP, the page appears to be moderated by someone, the Daily Caller reported, as the conservative news organization made two nominations – for its Editor Tucker Carlson and writer Neil Munro – neither of which appeared on the page.

Presently serving a life sentence without parole, Abu-Jamal, 58, is a former Black Panther who has long been an iconic figure among black nationalists. His supporters deny he is guilty and say he did not receive a fair trial.

Abu-Jamal shot Faulkner at an intersection in Philadelphia on Dec. 9, 1981.

The officer pulled over Abu-Jamal's brother, William Cook. Abu-Jamal reportedly ran over to the officer's vehicle and shot at him. Faulkner, an Army veteran, was shot dead.

At his trial, Abu-Jamal's defense maintained the former Black Panther was innocent, claiming the prosecution's witnesses were unreliable.

Abu-Jamal did not testify, nor did his brother, who reportedly said "I ain't got nothing to do with this" at the crime scene, according to Time magazine.

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Having been on death row for nearly 30 years, Abu-Jamal's sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 2012.

Abu-Jamal was a radio journalist and president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists prior to his incarceration.

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