In a recent video, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick calls for the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a Black Panther who was convicted for killing a Philadelphia cop in 1981.
At the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home conference, Colin said “when I was invited to speak on behalf of Mumia, one of the first things that came to mind was has been how long he’s been in prison.”
He continued “how many years of his life has been stolen away from him, his community and his loved ones? Mumia has been in prison longer than I’ve been alive.”
Kaepernick added “Today we’re living through a moment where it’s acceptable to paint ‘end racism now’ in front of the Philadelphia Police Department’s 26th district headquarters, and yet a political prisoner who has since the age of 14 dedicated his life to fighting against racism, continues to be caged and lives his life on a slow death row. We’re in the midst of a movement that says Black Lives Matter. And if that’s truly the case, then it means that Mumia’s life and legacy must matter.”
Kaepernick then referenced Mumia’s claim that he was framed. “Since 1981, Mumia has maintained his innocence,” Kaepernick explained “his story has not changed. Mumia was shot, brutalized, arrested and chained to a hospital bed. The first police officer assigned to him wrote in a report that ‘The Negro male made no comment,’ as cited in Philadelphia magazine. Yet 64 days into the investigation, another officer testified that Mumia had confessed to the killing.”
Meanwhile, widow Maureen Faulkner told CNN in 2014″ It’s a disgrace that you have to even hear his voice (referring to Mumia Abu-Jamal) My husband has been dead for 32 years and his voice was taken from him by Abu-Jamal.”
CNN’s Smerconish had a message for Colin, and it was not a supportive one on this topic.
.@smerconish’s message for Colin Kaepernick, who called for the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer. https://t.co/LDgxj4anOJ pic.twitter.com/jDK0akG0sl
— CNN (@CNN) November 21, 2020
One Twitter user replied “I am a big supporter of BLM but this is a bridge too far and diminishes the cause by defending a cold blooded murderer.”
I am a big supporter of BLM but this is a bridge too far and diminishes the cause by defending a cold blooded murderer.
— Biccari2025 (@Biccari2025) November 21, 2020