In a video conference on Monday, notorious cop-hating national anthem protester Colin Kaepernick called for the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981.
“Mumia has been in prison longer than I’ve been alive,” said Kaepernick. “Since 1981, Mumia has maintained his innocence. His story has not changed.” Newsflash, Kaepernick: murderers on Death Row have frequently been known to maintain their innocence.
“We’re in the midst of a movement that says Black Lives Matter, and if that’s truly the case, then it means that Mumia’s life and legacy must matter,” Kaepernick said. “And the causes that he sacrificed his life and freedom for must matter as well.” Mumia’s “cause” was murdering a white policeman in cold blood, shooting him in the face as he lay in the street wounded from Mumia’s first shot in the back. Daniel Faulkner’s life, freedom, and sacrifice don’t matter to Kaepernick because he was a white cop.
Abu-Jamal, serving a life sentence in Pennsylvania, has been a favorite cause célèbre for leftists for decades. At the time of the shooting he was a member of the thuggish Black Panthers. He was convicted of the vicious murder of Faulkner based partly on eyewitness accounts and his own admission to the police that he shot the officer and hoped he would die.