Political correctness in SF and Mumia Abu-Jamal
|Mumia Abu-Jamal (Wesley Cook)|
C.W. Nevius quotes Willie Brown in this morning's column about the killing of Kathryn Steinle:
As former mayor and Chronicle columnist Willie Brown told me this week, “I think our elected types need to be sure they don’t use political correctness to put the lives of the public in danger.”
Just so. But let's harken back to when Brown was Mayor of San Francisco and he declared August 16, 1997, as "Justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal Day."
Fast forward to September 27, 2004, when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a Resolution "urging a new trial for Mumia Abu Jamal," who was sentenced to death after he killed a Philadelphia cop.
Michela Alioto-Pier, Tom Ammiano, Chris Daly, Bevan Dufty, Sophie Maxwell, Jake McGoldrick, Ross Mirkarimi, Aaron Peskin, and Gerardo Sandoval voted for it. Only Sean Elsbernd and Fiona Ma voted against it. Mayor Newsom didn't sign it.
In 2009 Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders summarized the indisputable facts:
But the evidence was overwhelming. A jury---and not all the members were white as it included two African Americans---convicted Abu-Jamal and sentenced him to death. After police pulled over Abu-Jamal's brother for driving the wrong way on a one-way street, a battle followed. [Daniel]Faulkner was shot five times, once between the eyes. Authorities found Abu-Jamal near the mortally wounded Faulkner because he could not run away as his brother did; Faulkner had shot Abu-Jamal in the chest. Also, four eyewitnesses identified Abu-Jamal. Two witnesses heard Abu-Jamal admit to shooting Faulkner and saying that he hoped Faulkner would die.