California Federation of Teachers supports cop-killer

Posted by: Phineas on April 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

You have got to be kidding me!

If you want a measure of just how badly screwed up the educational system in California is consider this: At its recent convention, the CFT passed a resolution of support for Mumia Abu-Jamal, a convicted cop-killer:

Between negotiating for more benefits and teaching their students, the California Federation of Teachers has adopted a resolution of support for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.At the CFT’s 2011 Convention in late March, the delegates passed 30 resolutions, from solidifying support for anti-bullying legislation to supporting transitional kindergarten. Among the resolutions largely pertaining to education and collective bargaining rights was Resolution 19 – to “Reaffirm support for death row journalist.”

“Therefore, be it resolved, that the California Federation of Teachers reaffirm its support and demand that the courts consider the evidence of innocence of Mumia Abu-Jamal,” the Committee Report reads.

Mumia Abu-Jamal was a former member of the Black Panthers who was found guilty of murdering Philadelphia police officer Daniel J. Faulkner during a routine traffic stop in 1981. Abu-Jamal was subsequently sentenced to death

His supporters, such as the California Federation of Teachers, argue that his trial was unfair and that he is a civil rights hero.

Bear in mind that this two-legged cockroach was not only convicted by the original trial court; his conviction was upheld by every appeals court since then. The case is not flawed: he did the deed, and now he’s exploiting a bunch of suckers looking for a cause to fill their empty lives, so he can avoid the justice he has coming.

And  these idiots teach our children.

If you’re not familiar with Mumia’s crime, here’s a recap:

At roughly 3:50 a.m. on December 9, 1981, Officer Daniel Faulkner stopped the car of William Cook [corrected] on a street in Philadelphia. Cook is the brother of Abu-Jamal. Coincidently, Abu-Jamal was parked nearby in a taxi he was driving. Upon seeing an altercation between Faulkner and Cook, Abu-Jamal ran across the street and shot Faulkner in the back. Faulkner was able to get a shot off at Abu-Jamal, seriously wounding him. With the wounded Faulkner on the ground, Abu-Jamal shot him in the head, killing him instantly.

At the time there were only three people in the immediate area of the crime: Faulkner, Abu-Jamal, and Cook. But others were nearby. Within minutes there were statements taken by separate police officers from several different witnesses who identified Abu-Jamal as the shooter. There were only two guns on the scene, Faulkner’s and Abu-Jamal’s. Ballistics show that the bullet in Abu-Jamal came from Faulkner’s gun, and that those in Faulkner came from a gun like Abu-Jamal’s. In the presence of a hospital security guard, Abu-Jamal shouted “I shot the m__f__r, and I hope the m__f__r dies.”

It did not take much deliberation for the jury to convict Abu-Jamal, and he was sentenced by the jury to death on July 3, 1982. His conviction for the crime has withstood the seemingly endless appeals, post-conviction hearings, and massive publicity campaign.

If this is evidence of the ethical and moral compass of our state’s teachers union, then it should be decertified and those who supported it fired as unfit to teach our children. Would we tolerate teachers who made heroes out of Al Capone or Richard Ramirez?

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. NC COp says:

    Ah, Mumia, I hadn’t heard his name in a while. I guess the union needed some attetnion. Too bad, it’s the wrong kind.

    to “Reaffirm support for death row journalist.”

    He’s a journalist? Well, I guess that confirms what I’ve thought about journalists as well. Nice.

    Of course, this is no surprise. This lowlife has been surpported by Hollywood libs as well.

    How wonderful for the Faulkner family to have to be reminded of that horrible day. You stay classy, libs.

  2. ST says:

    Absolutely sickening.

  3. Great White Rat says:

    Sickening and worse.

    Here in the Philadelphia area, the murder of Officer Faulkner is still a sensitive issue, even 30 years later. It’s the one issue that can unite all the normally Democrat old-line ethnic groups like the Russian and Jewish communities with the conservatives.

    But my question is this: exactly WTF does this have to do with the CFT? Don’t they have any real matters of importance before them that they have time to meddle in a criminal case on the other side of the continent?

  4. Chris in NC says:

    so when is this blight on humanity supposed to be executed?

  5. Phineas says:

    GWR:

    But my question is this: exactly WTF does this have to do with the CFT? Don’t they have any real matters of importance before them that they have time to meddle in a criminal case on the other side of the continent?

    Ya got me. It’s a left-leaning union, so I imagine this is on their standard list of “action items.” :-l

  6. Marilyn says:

    What on earth business is it of an educator’s union to do something like this? None of them should be allowed in a classroom.

    As a sibling of a cop killed in the line of duty, I find this an unconscionable act by these teachers.

  7. Carlos says:

    This also speaks volumes about the true level of education for those teaching youngsters in CA.

    Have you read any of that “journalist’s” tripe? It comes close to incoherent, and certainly isn’t written by a polished writer, or even one who understands the intricacies of the English language.

    ‘Course, after what those mental giants did in WI, I’m not the least surprised about what the CA teachers think is important.

  8. Kate says:

    I think he had a talk show on a radio station in Philly…and has written self serving books about his “struggle”–these are his journalism credentials.

    I would say he probably solicted the ignorant teachers union in California for another jaunt with the legal system. I think his appeals are just about up…too bad the Faulkner Family cannot get an appeal to make him disappear.

    Another take down of authority by teachers….no wonder kids in school have no respect for it.

  9. Carlos says:

    To have respect for someone or a group, there must be a basis for that respect.

    If you were being “taught” by a bunch of idiots, would you respect what you were being told by them?

  10. Kate says:

    Totally agree Carlos….teachers can’t keep order in their classrooms half the time because of the lack of respect for those in authority by the students, mostly in upper grades. I would think that those in CA are being wined and dined by the Hollyweird moguls who just love Mumia.

  11. Brontefan says:

    So now we know why the educational statistics across California are so incredibly low.