• Convicted Cop-Killer Innocent? Colin Kaepernick Really Needs to Go Away

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    Surge Summary: A CNN commentator unleashes on Colin Kaepernick’s efforts to defend long-convicted police murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal. The former NFL quarterback simply won’t go quietly into the night, but just continues his outrageous behavior.

    by Peter Heck 

    Having self-sabotaged his once-promising professional football career, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick just won’t go away. Every time it seems like he might give the rest of us an opportunity to genuinely forget about him, he pops up like a dogged, annoying linebacker and once again grabs the spotlight.

    Opinion-writer Peter Heck offers details and his perspective:

    Last week, the man who has made millions stirring racial anxieties and allying himself with massive corporations that profit mightily from slave labor [Colin Kaepernic], decided to use his voice not to promote harmony and unity, but to once again stoke discord.

    One would think that a man who has profited so handsomely by turning a blind eye towards the human rights abuses that fund his underwriters would experience at least a modicum of shame before attempting to lecture humanity on matters of “justice.” But Colin Kaepernick has proven he is nothing if not shameless.

    So at a virtual conference last Monday, the Nike millionaire zoomed in to lend his voice to the cause of freeing Wesley Cook, the former Black Panther who, after shooting white police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981 for daring to pull his brother over for a routine traffic stop, changed his name to Mumia Abu-Jamal.

    Lamenting how long Cook has been in prison, Kaepernick unironically asked, “How many years of his life has (sic) been stolen away from him, his community and his loved ones? Mumia has been in prison longer than I’ve been alive.”

    Some might not find that so odd – especially since Abu-Jamal was convicted by a jury of his peers of cutting down a police officer in cold blood.

    Frankly, I wish that people had enough common sense to know that a man who proudly dons pig socks to depict police officers doesn’t have the temperament or even the desire to engage these kinds of issues with anything remotely resembling good faith. Kaepernick claimed, among other things, that he was framed by a racist police department for Faulkner’s murder.

    CNN Commentator Michael Smerconish has had enough. He let it rip:

    So here’s the short version based on trial testimony. On December 9, 1981, at about 4 a.m., 25-year-old Daniel Faulkner was executed while making what seemed like a routine traffic stop. Faulkner pulled over the brother of Abu-Jamal, aka Wesley Cook, who was driving his way the wrong way on a one-way street.

    Abu-Jamal was then working as a taxi driver. He saw the police stop from across the street. And four eye-witnesses testified at trial as to what happened next. Their testimony portrayed a horrific sequence. Abu-Jamal ran across the street, shot officer Faulkner in the back, and then finally between the eyes. Before that final, fatal shot, officer Faulkner had himself discharged his gun, hitting Abu-Jamal in the stomach. With that bullet, you could say he confirmed the identity of his executioner.

    When police arrived, Abu-Jamal was still wearing his shoulder holster. The murder weapon, registered to him, was next to him, on the ground, at the murder scene. He purchased it at a local sporting goods store. Ballistics tests verified that the bullets found in Abu-Jamal’s gun were the same caliber, brand, and type as the fatal bullet removed from officer Faulkner’s brain.

    Both men were taken to a local ER. Faulkner was pronounced dead. Abu-Jamal was heard by witnesses, including a security guard, to say, “I shot the m’fer, and I hope the m’fer dies.”

    Smerconish summarizes: “[T]he case had eyewitnesses, a ballistics match, and a confession.”

    How about that?

    For reasons that puzzle Smerconish and many others, erstwhile Black Panther and convicted cop-killer Abu-Jamal – who nearly forty years ago rendered Danny Faulkner’s young wife a young widow – “has over the years become the darling of Hollywood activists, rock bands, documentarians, and college students.”

    The TV pundit then supplies this telling, additional detail:

    Abu-Jamal’s brother, William Cook – he saw it all. His words to police upon their arrival were, “I ain’t got nothin to do with it.” And he has never testified on his brother’s behalf. Let me say that again. The brother of the man convicted of killing the cop, has himself never taken the stand to tell a different story, and he was there.

    Abu-Jamal was found guilty by a multi-racial jury and then sentenced to death. So why is he still drawing breath nearly four decades on?

    For a quarter century an endless cycle of Abu-Jamal’s appeals made a mockery of the judicial system. His defense team attracted a long list of celebrity, a street was named for him in France, NPR gave him his own radio show, he wrote several books. This all after he was convicted of murdering a cop.

    But at home in Philadelphia, Abu-Jamal was never able to cultivate broad community support. People at home know what happened and never bought into the Hollywood lore. In 2011, Abu-Jamal’s death sentence was ultimately overturned on a technicality. He’s currently serving life without parole. Abu-Jamal will die in jail – a fate more civilized than that which he gave to Danny Faulkner.

    Smerconish’s final comments in the segment? Aimed directly at Kaepernick:

    So thank you Mr. Kaepernick for listening. I should note that you were invited to be on this program. I was told you aren’t doing any interviews on the subject. You should know that Maureen Faulkner, police officer Danny Faulkner’s widow, would love to talk to you about the case. Will you take that meeting?

    Peter Heck is confident the embittered thirty-three-year-old won’t take up the offer, “for the same reason he won’t do ‘any interviews on the subject.’ This isn’t about truth or justice. It never is with Kaepernick despite the absurd pretense to the contrary.”

    Heck’s conclusion:

    1. Colin Kaepernick should be collectively and unequivocally denounced by those of us truly interested in racial healing, peace, and unity.

    2. Walt Disney Company and Nike, both of whom bankroll his hate, should be shamed by every police union, law enforcement agency, and justice related organization in the country until they reconsider.

    3. True social justice champions should repudiate Kaep’s radicalism, distance themselves from his conspiracy theories, and restore dignity and credibility to the cause.

    Read the entire column at Disrn.


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