“Free Mumia”, or Why Marc Lamont Hill is an Idiot

No, seriously:

Those were tweets from Marc Lamont Hill, self styled “Hip-Hop Intellectual”. IOW – a better educated version of Touré Neblett.

So who is Mumia Abu Jamal? Here’s what Wiki has to say:

Born in Philadelphia, Abu-Jamal became involved in black nationalism in his youth, and was a member of the Black Panther Party until October 1970. Alongside his political activism, he became a radio journalist, eventually becoming president of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists. On December 9, 1981, Officer Faulkner was shot dead while conducting a traffic stop on Abu-Jamal’s brother, William Cook. Abu-Jamal was injured by a shot from Faulkner and when further police arrived on the scene, he was arrested and charged with first degree murder.

Going on trial in 1982, he initially decided to represent himself, but was repeatedly reprimanded for disruptive behavior and given a court-appointed lawyer. Three witnesses testified that they had witnessed Abu-Jamal commit the murder, and he was unanimously convicted by jury and sentenced to death, spending the next 30 years on death row.


On December 9, 1981, in Philadelphia, close to the intersection at 13th and Locust Streets, Philadelphia Police Department officer Daniel Faulkner conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle belonging to William Cook, Abu-Jamal’s younger brother. During the traffic stop, Abu-Jamal’s taxi was parked across the street, and Abu-Jamal ran across the street towards the traffic stop. At the traffic stop, there was an exchange of fire. Both Officer Faulkner and Abu-Jamal were wounded, and Faulkner died. Police arrived on the scene and arrested Abu-Jamal, who was found wearing a shoulder holster. A revolver, which had five spent cartridges, was beside him. He was taken directly from the scene of the shooting to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where he received treatment for his wound, the result of a shot from Faulkner.


The prosecution presented four witnesses to the court. Robert Chobert, a cab driver who testified he was parked behind Faulkner, identified Abu-Jamal as the shooter.[32] Cynthia White, a prostitute, testified that Abu-Jamal emerged from a nearby parking lot and shot Faulkner.[33] Michael Scanlan, a motorist, testified that from two car lengths away, he saw a man, matching Abu-Jamal’s description, run across the street from a parking lot and shoot Faulkner.[34] Albert Magilton, a pedestrian who did not see the actual murder, testified to witnessing Faulkner pull over Cook’s car. At the point of seeing Abu-Jamal start to cross the street toward them from the parking lot, Magilton turned away and lost sight of what happened next.[35]

The prosecution also presented two witnesses who were at the hospital after the altercation. Hospital security guard Priscilla Durham and Police Officer Garry Bell testified that Abu-Jamal confessed in the hospital by saying, “I shot the motherfucker, and I hope the motherfucker dies.”[36]

A .38 caliber Charter Arms revolver, belonging to Abu-Jamal, with five spent cartridges was retrieved beside him at the scene. He was wearing a shoulder holster, and Anthony Paul, the Supervisor of the Philadelphia Police Department’s firearms identification unit, testified at trial that the cartridge cases and rifling characteristics of the weapon were consistent with bullet fragments taken from Faulkner’s body.[37] Tests to confirm that Abu-Jamal had handled and fired the weapon were not performed, as contact with arresting police and other surfaces at the scene could have compromised the forensic value of such tests.


The defense maintained that Abu-Jamal was innocent of the charges and that the testimony of the prosecution’s witnesses was unreliable. The defense presented nine character witnesses, including poet Sonia Sanchez, who testified that Abu-Jamal was “viewed by the black community as a creative, articulate, peaceful, genial man”.[40] Another defense witness, Dessie Hightower, testified that he saw a man running along the street shortly after the shooting although he did not see the actual shooting itself.[41] His testimony contributed to the development of a “running man theory”, based on the possibility that a “running man” may have been the actual shooter. Veronica Jones also testified for the defense, but she did not see anyone running.[42] Other potential defense witnesses refused to appear in court.[43] Abu-Jamal did not testify in his own defense. Nor did his brother, who said at the crime scene, “I ain’t got nothing to do with this.”

But wait! There’s more!

Abu-Jamal did not make any public statements about Faulkner’s murder until May 2001. In his version of events, he claimed that he was sitting in his cab across the street when he heard shouting, then saw a police vehicle, then heard the sound of gunshots. Upon seeing his brother appearing disoriented across the street, Abu-Jamal ran to him from the parking lot and was shot by a police officer.

So Mumia was just minding his own business and trying to help his brother when a cop shot him for no reason. Then some total stranger ran up, grabbed Mumia’s gun, killed the cop, dropped the gun next to Mumia and fled the scene. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar and probably a racist.

This “political prisoner” status is what Dzhokar “Jahar” Tsarnaev can look forward to. He’s a cop-killer too.

BTW – In 2012 an appeals court vacated the death sentence and now Mumia is serving life without parole.

Note: Daniel Faulkner was not available for comment.

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29 Responses to “Free Mumia”, or Why Marc Lamont Hill is an Idiot

  1. myiq2xu says:
  2. myiq2xu says:

    Here’s a shocker:

    For most of the three and a half hours we visited with Mumia, the main discussion focused on the Occupy Wall Street movement. Mumia acknowledged that Occupy Philadelphia forces helped play a decisive role in getting him off of death row by joining forces with veteran pro-Mumia activists like Pam Africa.

    Mumia told us that when a number of Black activists expressed to him some misgivings about OWS, his response was to encourage them to recognize OWS as an evolving movement — a dynamic, evolving movement that activists must find ways of engaging, ideologically and strategically.

    Mumia spoke about the economic basis for OWS, in that the predominantly white youth-led movement has been cut loose by capitalism, especially in this particular stage of deepening global economic crisis. These white youth are finding out that they have more in common with Black and Brown youth, who have historically known that the only future that capitalism offers is racial profiling and mass incarceration.

    These white youth are becoming disillusioned with capitalism because, while they have been told they would have a better life than their parents, in reality they cannot find any good-paying jobs despite their college degrees. They are also finding out, as they face increasing repression, that the police as an armed force are neither their friends nor workers.

    Mumia stated: “I am profoundly encouraged by the Occupy movement. It’s good news for revolutionaries everywhere when those who once thought that they were privileged start to rebel against the system and join with those of us who have no illusions about or love for imperialism.”

  3. 49erDweet says:

    So Marc Lamont Hill believes so strongly in Uncle Mumia’s innocence he’ll provide free lifetime room and board in Hill’s own personal home for the poor fellow once he’s acquitted? Is that what I’m sensing?

  4. HELENK says:


    a little bit of history on the black panthers shooting cops in Philadelphia

  5. votermom says:

  6. Lulu says:

    I’m not sure if Mr. Lamont is practicing an extreme form of revisionism or if he is just another narcissist who thinks the world began when he was born and anything that happened before his sentience he can just make up to suit his own purposes. Many years ago I interviewed inmates in the state prison system for a government agency. Many of them were funny, pleasant, mild, and interesting especially the old ones who had been incarcerated for decades. One was especially intelligent and charming. I looked up his records. He poisoned 22 children in the 1940’s with Pawnee Ant Syrup and most of them died. Mr. Lamont does not know what Mumia was like 30 or 40 years ago and doesn’t appear to care.

  7. votermom says:

  8. votermom says:

    I finished my marathon viewing of Isabel, La Reina on dramafever, so I had to tweet something in Spanish. 😀

  9. votermom says:

    Denise mentioned these pix in a an earlier thread
    I really thought this was too outrageous to be true, but it does seem like Michelle visited the Saudi in the hospital, but not any of the other victims.

  10. myiq2xu says:

    I’ve read lots of cases about guys who were wrongfully convicted. When I first heard of Mumia I figured he was one of them, otherwise why the big stink?

    Then I read about his case. His whole defense is “Everybody knows I’m a really nice guy, those racist pigs framed me because I’m black”.

    • yttik22 says:

      Somebody killed that cop. If you were interested in proving your innocence, it seems like would try to find out who did it. That’s who “set you up,” that’s why you’re in jail. What’s odd about this case is that nobody seems to care about who did it. Those who claim he’s innocent never provide any speculation about who the “real” shooter is.

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  13. foxyladi14 says:

    and batteries 🙄

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