F.O.P. Calls on Congress to Condemn Tribute to Cop-Killer

Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, today called on House committee leaders to pass H. Con. Res. 407 and send it to the House floor for a vote. The resolution, which condemns a decision by the city of St.-Denis, France, to name a street in honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted murderer of Philadelphia police officer Danny Faulkner, has been sitting in the two House committees to which it was referred since May.

“The F.O.P. strongly believes that this affront needs to be answered with a formal condemnation by the United States Congress,” Canterbury said. “Having a street named after you should be an honor accorded to those who have positively impacted their communities or fellow men. The cold-blooded murderer of Danny Faulkner did no such thing--he killed a man sworn to protect the peace.”

Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was murdered on December 9, 1981 by cab driver Wesley Cook, who is better known by his alias, Mumia Abu-Jamal. In April, the city of St. Denis named a Street in honor of this cop-killer. The resolution condemns the murder of Officer Faulkner and urges the municipal government of St. Denis, France, to change the name of Rue Mumia Abu-Jamal and, if this does not occur, urges the government of France to take appropriate action against St.-Denis.

“There are no streets in the United States named in honor of the Nazi collaborators of the Vichy government or the murderers of French police officers,” Canterbury stated. “France, it seems, has progressed from protecting American murderers, as they did in the case of Ira Einhorn, to honoring them in the streets. Congress should give voice to the outrage felt by the law enforcement community.”

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States, with more than 324,000 members.