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Crime History: Activist/journalist kills Philly officer

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Crime,Scott McCabe
On this day, Dec. 9, in 1981, Philadelphia policeman Daniel Faulkner was shot dead by Mumia Abu-Jamal, a well-known activist and freelance journalist.

During a traffic stop, Faulkner was trying to handcuff Abu-Jamal's brother, when Abu-Jamal shot the officer in the back. Faulkner fell, got out his own firearm and shot Abu-Jamal in the chest. Abu-Jamal then stood over Faulkner and fired four shots at the officer.

Abu-Jamal had been president of the city's black journalist organization, and was credited with giving voice to the voiceless.

Supporters of Abu-Jamal, part of the "Free Mumia" movement, argue that he was not given a fair trial and shouldn't be executed. In prison, he has published several books, and a road in France has been named in his honor.

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Scott McCabe

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