[Pnews] Mumia Abu Jamal - The new Krasner brief

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Mon Mar 29 09:21:26 EDT 2021

https://sfbayview.com/2021/03/the-new-krasner-brief/ The new Krasner brief
March 28, 2021
a rally outside DA Krasner’s office on March 12, 2021, Pam Africa displays
photos of Mumia then and now that show the shockingly fast decline in his
health. Krasner is joining the lynch mob to the outrage of millions around
the world who love Mumia and his wisdom. – Photo: Joe Piette

*by Pam Africa, **International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia

As you can see from our petition
we have been seeking to approach Larry Krasner diplomatically. In our
effort to attract the widest possible range of supporters, we have written
the petition with polite language. We are trying to give DA Krasner the
benefit of the doubt by considering the possibility that he is sincere in
his stated desire to confront Philadelphia’s ugly history of racial

For Mumia’s sake, we truly hope that DA Krasner’s defense of Mumia’s
conviction is because he has not actually researched the case himself, that
his position on Mumia’s case is simply a product of the Philadelphia
corporate media’s well-documented bias against Mumia. We are sincerely
presenting him with an opportunity to rethink his position and to do the
right thing. We hope that he listens.
photo of Mumia’s leg shows the sores and bloody wounds that now cover his
entire body.

Unfortunately, on Feb. 3, Krasner filed a new brief in Mumia’s case, where
he continued to defend the legitimacy of Mumia’s 1982 conviction. DA
Krasner’s several years of opposing Mumia’s appeals has already been vile
and disgusting. However, with this new brief, he somehow manages to stoop
even lower.

There is much to criticize about DA Krasner’s Feb. 3 brief, but one
particular aspect really stood out for me. On Page 5, in the section titled
“Statement of Facts,” the brief states:

“Officer Faulkner was put in a police van and rushed to Jefferson
University Hospital. When the police attempted to handcuff defendant and
place him in a police wagon to transport him to the hospital, he violently
resisted. He continued to struggle against the officers when they
subsequently brought him inside the hospital, the same one in which doctors
were attempting to save Officer Faulkner’s life. The officers carrying
defendant – he refused to walk – temporarily placed him on the floor of the
lobby next to the entrance to the emergency room.”

*Does DA Krasner oppose lynchings?*

Has DA Krasner actually read the trial transcripts? If so, does he realize
the implications of him describing Mumia’s arrest in such a despicable way?
What actually happened that morning when police arrived on the scene was an
attempted lynching of Mumia, with the police acting as the white
supremacist lynch mob.
anti-lynching cartoon by anti-racist activist Seth Tobocman depicts
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner with a choice to make. The
white supremacist FOP-led lynch mob wants DA Krasner to help them kill
Mumia, while Mumia’s family and friends call on DA Krasner to stand up to
the FOP-led lynch mob.

Before even speaking with a single eyewitness, the mob of cops brutalized
Mumia so viciously that when his sister Lydia arrived at the hospital she
could not even recognize him. Make no mistake: The cops wanted him to die
from the gunshot wound before receiving medical treatment, ultimately
taking over 30 minutes to begin treatment at the hospital. This was an
obvious attempt to execute him before even conducting an investigation, let
alone a fair trial.

Has DA Krasner read the trial testimony of defense witness Dessie Hightower
who reported seeing someone flee the crime scene immediately after the
shooting? At trial, Hightower described Mumia’s arrest as being “an attack”
by the police. In his book “The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal,” author J.
Patrick O’Connor summarizes Hightower’s trial testimony:

*How could DA Krasner possibly write such an offensive description of
Mumia’s treatment by police, like claiming that Mumia “refused to walk”
into the hospital after he had been shot in the chest and nearly beaten to

“He said that shortly after the first police officer showed up, about eight
or nine other officers arrived. He then observed three or four of them
striking Abu-Jamal with nightsticks while one or two others were kicking
him and pulling him by his dreadlocks. He also saw the police, in carrying
Abu-Jamal to the police van, ram his head into a no-parking pole and drop
him to the ground.”

Has DA Krasner read the trial testimony of Dr. Regina Cudemo, who was
working at the hospital when Mumia arrived? If not, author J. Patrick
O’Connor has also summarized her account:

“She testified that she saw Abu-Jamal at about 4:20 a.m. on the floor, ‘on
what I call the treadles of the emergency room’ – the mats outside the
emergency room doors. She said four to six police were around Abu-Jamal …
she saw one of the police officers around Abu-Jamal raise his leg and then
heard Abu-Jamal ‘moan.’ After observing this incident, she said she was
directed by another police officer to leave the area.”

O’Connor also writes that after Mumia was dropped on the floor of the
entryway to the emergency room, “instead of taking Abu-Jamal to an
operating room, hospital security guard Priscilla Durham had the police
drag him to the family room.” Only after this, “Abu-Jamal was brought
handcuffed to the emergency room for surgery.”

Does DA Krasner think that an attempted police lynching of a prominent
Black journalist, loving father and respected community activist is some
kind of joke? If he has read the trial testimony of Dessie Hightower and
Dr. Regina Cudemo, why is he not concerned about Mumia’s treatment by
police that morning?

Lastly, how could he possibly write such an offensive description of
Mumia’s treatment by police, like claiming that Mumia “refused to walk”
into the hospital after he had been shot in the chest and nearly beaten to
death? We need answers from DA Krasner.

Please sign our petition!


*Pam Africa is an activist deeply embedded in social justice work in
Philadelphia and considered “one of the most significant rights leaders in
the past 40 years.” She is the coordinator of the uncompromising
International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal (ICFFMAJ).*
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