By Joshua Albert and Kenneth Lipp
Yesterday afternoon more than a hundred law enforcement officers and supporters gathered at Locust and 13th Streets in Center City for a silent vigil to honor slain Philadelphia Police officer Daniel Faulkner. The vigil was called in response to and to coincide with the Goddard College commencement speech of Mumia Abu-Jamal, convicted in the December 9, 1981 murder of Faulkner.
The vigil was held at the site of the murder, where a plaque dedicated to the deceased officer was installed 13 years ago. Supporters of Abu-Jamal protested the original dedication in 2001, and according to the Philly Inquirer, 7 demonstrators were arrested.
There was no apparent opposition present on Sunday, as rank-and-file officers and city officials, including Philadelphia Director of Public Safety Michael Resnick, stood silently facing the memorial plague for the duration of Abu-Jamal’s broadcast speech.