- At the recent National Fraternal Order Of Police (FOP)
Conference in Mobile, Alabama, the delegation in attendance voted unanimously
to begin a boycott of persons, products and companies associated with supporting
convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
- Abu-Jamal was convicted in the 1981 killing of Philadelphia
Police Officer Daniel Faulkner. The act was an especially brutal and sadistic
murder that still haunts the family, friends and coworkers of Officer Faulkner.
- Convict Abu-Jamal has written a book, "Live from
Death Row," and attempted to place himself in a celebrity status as
a result of his criminal behavior. Others have supported his pathetic attempt
to gain stardom and freedom, all the while spitting in the face of Officer
Faulkner, his family and every single law enforcement officer in the United
- The FOP has announced the formal boycott of the following:
1. Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream products, donators to a defense fund for
the killer. 2. Actor Paul Newman, an outspoken supporter of the killer.
3. Actress Susan Sarandon, another supporter of the killer. 4. Filmmakers
Spike Lee, Oliver Stone and John Landis, supporters of the killer. 5. Writers
Norman Mailer and Joyce Carol Oates, supporters of the killer. 6. Model
Naomi Campbell, supporter of the killer. 7. Musicians Sting, David Byrne
and Michael Stipe of REM, all of whom have openly supported the killer.
- As you may also recall, a tape-recorded statement by
the killer to graduates at the commencement ceremony of Evergreen State
College, Olympia, Washington, in June of 1999, resulted in 800 graduates
walking out and two dozen others turning their backs during the killer's
13 minute diatribe of hate.
- The FOP's position is getting widespread coverage in
the media. One example is the APB Police Newswire. Take a look at their
site at http://www.apbnews.com/behindthebadge/1999/08/18/jamal0818_01.html?s=em
- Support your FOP. Boycott all of the above and send a
clear and firm message that we will not tolerate the murder of police officers.
- From Jesse J. Skinner
- At your website, sightings.com, you recently reported
on a story regarding a prisoner named Mumia Abu-Jamal ("National Police
Officers Call for Boycott Over Cop-Killer," 09/02/1999). Just for
the record, I know you were just reprinting previously released information
from the National Fraternal Order of Police, but I hate to see disinformation
repeated, especially when it calls for action on the part of your readers.
- I investigated the claim made by the organization that
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream donates/donated to the Mumia Abu-Jamal defense
fund. This claim simply is not true. A quick visit to the Ben & Jerry's
website and a search of their FAQ area quickly establishes that this company
does not currently and has not in the past supported any defense fund on
behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal.
- I'm not a Ben & Jerry's employee, but I do enjoy
their products and I was happy to find that they don't support Mumia Abu-Jamal,
as reported in the story you reported.
- Thanks for the work you do. I enjoy the stories you
bring to light.