Mumia Abu-Jamal Mark 30 Years
December 8, 2011 by staff
Mumia Abu-Jamal Mark 30 Years, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams’s decision not to seek the death penalty for Mumia Abu-Jamal is stirring strong reaction. Thirty years after the fatal shooting of Officer Faulkner, the case still has the power to generate headlines across the globe.
Filmmaker Tigre Hill’s new documentary, “The Barrel of a Gun,” explores the controversial case.
“It’s a classic story of an African American radical up against a white policeman where there is a story out there that he was framed, that he was railroaded,” said Hill. “People really, when they see somebody like that possibly being put to death, they’re going to rally for his cause.”
Hill says through doing research for the film he came to the conclusion that Abu-Jamal is guilty. He says it’s important to consider Abu-Jamal’s radical background and anti-police stance. He says it’s not fair to look at Abu-Jamal in isolation.
“You have the Rosenbergs. You have Huey Newton. When you look at all these previous movements and causes you see a lot of similarities and parallels to the Mumia case,” said Hill. “The movie really goes into the murder of Daniel Faulkner, but it goes into Mumia’s backgroundâ€”who his heroes were, who influenced him. He was heavily influenced by the Black Panthers and MOVE.”
Pam Africa is chairwoman of the Uncompromising International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal. She says Abu-Jamal supporters are not giving up.
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