Vigil Held for Slain Philly Police Officer Daniel Faulkner

Cadets and supporters silently face the Daniel Faulkner

Cadets and supporters silently face the Daniel Faulkner plaque on Locust. Photo by Joshua Albert.

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.

About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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