April 10, 2014
Oakland Unified School District Lesson Plan To Equate Convicted Cop-Killer To Martin Luther King, Jr
Leftist darling Mumia Abu-Jamal killed Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner during a traffic stop in 1981. Faulkner had stopped Abu-Jamal's brother while Abu-Jamal approached the scene on foot. The Black Panther militant was found at the crime scene having been wounded by the young officer who returned fire in self defense.
The weapon used to kill Faulkner was found beside Abu-Jamal. He was wearing a shoulder holster for the weapon. Four witnesses saw Abu-Jamal cross the road toward Falkner and shoot him. Two witnesses at the hospital where Abu-Jamal was being treated heard him confess to shooting Faulkner.
A jury unanimously found Abu-Jamal guilty after only three hours of deliberations.
The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) now has a lesson plan asking students to compare parallels between Mumia Abu-Jamal and Martin Luther King, Jr. The plan suggests Abu-Jamal was being targeted by the US Government and falsely accused of the crime that sent him to death row. (The death sentence was later dropped and, during an appeal, Abu-Jamal was re-sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.)
The lesson plan, which was authored by teacher Craig Gordon for 11th-graders within the 37,000-student district, suggests to "critically examine a possible parallel" between King and "someone else many believe is currently targeted by the U.S. government, Mumia Abu-Jamal."
It also asks students to consider the following statement: "The media, prison system and law enforcement organizations have censored Mumia Abu-Jamal. On one hand, there have been occasional stories in print and broadcast media about Mumia Abu-Jamal. On the other, despite the widespread support for Abu-Jamal that has made his case the most renown and controversial of death penalty cases in the world today, these stories are extremely rare and always refer to him as a 'convicted cop-killer.'"
California is teaching children that a violent cop-killer is no worse than a peaceful civil rights activist. For shame.
Learn more about the case HERE.
View the OUSD lesson plan HERE.