Protesters emboldened by a recent decision in their lawsuit demanding new medical care for Mumia Abu-Jamal took to the streets Wednesday to point the finger at the state health and corrections agencies and accuse them of attempting to murder the infamous inmate.
Long-time Philly activist Pam Africa and other supporters of notorious convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, whom they call a political prisoner, were on the street just blocks from where Officer Daniel Faulkner was murdered in 1981, leading to Abu-Jamal’s conviction.
“Their plan was to execute him by legal injection,” Africa said of Abu-Jamal. “When that failed from the people’s protest rising up … they backed off because the eyes of the world was watching. Instead of executing him, they gave him life in prison, without the possibility of parole.”
Africa and others have long claimed that Abu-Jamal, who was diagnosed with Hepatitis C a year ago, is being intentionally deprived of proper medical care, and are suing the state Department of Corrections (DOC) to change his care.
Given the pending lawsuit, the DOC declined to comment.
However, in a recent court hearing on the issue, the DOC acknowledged that only about five of the estimated 6,000 state prisoners with Hepatitis C are getting anti-viral medication, said lawyer Bob Boyle, who is representing Abu-Jamal.
“He [US District Court Judge Robert Mariani] concluded that the doctor’s policy of not administering antiviral medication unless you’re basically at death’s door is a violation of the 8th Amendment,” Boyle said.
The protesters want Abu-Jamal and all other 6,000 prisoners with Hepatitis C to get full anti-viral medication.
While those who call Abu-Jamal a celebrity cop-killer despise him, he has long been famed by supporters who claim he was framed or wrongly convicted of Faulkner’s murder by a massive conspiracy that targeted him for his journalism work, involvement in the Black Power movement of the ‘70s and with the MOVE organization.
“What we see here is another attempt to kill Mumia, an innocent man, by other means,” Africa said.