We have commented on legislative resolutions here before, but here is one we at DU support. US House Resolution 1082 condemns “the decision of St. Denis, France, to name a street in honor of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted murder of Philadelphia Police Office Danny Faulkner.”
To his credit, Dearborn’s Congressman Dingell voted “yea,” to condemn. Guess who voted no? About 31 people, all Democrats, two of them from Michigan: John Conyers and Carolyn Kilpatrick.
We’ve never expected much from Rep. Kilpatrick, but Rep. Conyers is taking over as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, his greatest ambition there to impeach President Bush for fighting the war on terror.
Okay, I admit, I’ve never expected much from Conyers, either. But one would think qualification for chairing the Judiciary Committee would include a more practical attitude of disapproval for honoring convicted cop killers.
I mean, even Alcee Hastings voted to condemn.
Then again, we note that St. Denis does enjoy its own Islamic "no-go zone," from which the police are forbidden. The no-go zones are a growing Euro-phenomena. Perhaps Rue de Mumia Abu-Jamal falls inside one of these areas, in which case the French city's decision has a certain logic. Mumia has an Arab name, and he is a hero of those who defy law enforcement and will back it up with murder.