Like you needed another reason to hate the French Government. First they refuse to hand over convicted killer Ira Einhorn until we promise not to execute him. Then some French municipalities talk about naming a street after known terrorist Yassir Arafat. And not only did the city of Paris make convicted cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal an honorary citizen, now a Paris suburb is naming a street after him…
A street in a Paris suburb has been named in honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer.
“In France, they see him as a towering figure,” said Suzanne Ross, co-chair of the Free Mumia Coalition of New York City, who was part of an April 29 ceremony to dedicate the Rue Mumia Abu-Jamal in the city of St. Denis.
Ross said the street is in the town’s Human Rights district, which includes Nelson Mandela Stadium.
Abu-Jamal, a former radio reporter and member of the Black Panther party, was sentenced to death in 1982 for the shooting of 25-year-old Daniel Faulkner. He has maintained his innocence. His writings and taped speeches have made him a cause celebre among Hollywood activists, foreign politicians and some death-penalty opponents who believe he was the victim of a racist justice system.
Comparing Abu-Jamal to Nelson Mandela is like comparing Hitler to Gandhi. Again I say the governments of France must be living in some bizarro world.
As expected Maureen Faulkner, the widow of slain officer Daniel Faulkner, had this to say…
Faulkner’s widow, Maureen, called the street dedication “disgusting” and urged Philadelphia residents planning a visit to Paris this summer to cancel their trips. In 2001, the Paris City Council made Abu-Jamal an honorary citizen.
“This is so unnerving for me to get this news,” Faulkner said from Los Angeles, where she lives. “It’s insulting to the police officers of Philadelphia that they are naming a street after a murderer.”
The only road that should be named for Abu-Jamal is the one that leads to the execution chamber.