In a move that should be seen as a slap in the face to law enforcement officers, everywhere, the students of Goddard College in Vermont have selected convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to deliver the school’s Fall commencement address.
Abu-Jamal, who was removed from death row in 2011, has been serving out a life sentence at the Mahanoy State Correctional Institution in Frackville, Pa. In 1996, he received a bachelor’s degree from the Plainfield, Vt. liberal arts school.
Abu-Jamal will will record a video of his remarks in prison to be played at the commencement ceremony.
He has long maintained his innocence, but the evidence against him is overwhelming.
“The question of Abu-Jamal’s guilt is not a close call,” according to John Fund. “Two hospital workers testified that Abu-Jamal confessed to them: ‘I shot the motherf***er, and I hope the motherf***er dies.’ His brother, William, has never testified to his brother’s innocence even though he was at the scene of the crime. Abu-Jamal himself chose not to testify in his own defense.”
As Faulkner tried to arrest Abu-Jamal’s brother during a traffic stop, Abu-Jamal shot the policeman once in the back and then stood over him and shot him four more times at close range, once directly in the face. Multiple eyewitnesses were present during the crime.
It would be one thing of Abu-Jamal had confessed his crime, apologized and tried to make amends.
The first step toward forgiveness and redemption is admission of guilt. But cop killer Abu-Jamal has done none of that. Instead he’s played the race card and the victim card and manipulated a lot of gullible liberals – including these students at Goddard – to lionize him.