A lawyer who represented one of the most infamous cop-killers in American history has been selected by the president to fill a six-year term on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, The Washington Times reported.
Debo Adegbile, a lawyer who represented convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal in his role with the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund in an attempt to overturn Abu-Jamal’s death sentence, was announced Thursday as Obama’s appointee to the position. The move prompted an outcry from law enforcement groups.
Abu-Jamal became a cause celebre for the far left after he was convicted in the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.
“That’s just the old kick in the teeth to the cops,” John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police’s Philadelphia chapter, said in a radio appearance Friday morning. “I guess it’s Obama’s goodbye present to police across the nation.”
“This was definitely payback to the FOP through the appointment,” McNesby said, according to the Washington Free Beacon. “This guy was Mumia’s sugar daddy through the appeal process — he did everything and financed the whole thing.”
“I don’t know whether he can be un-appointed but that will be one of our first orders of business when we go down and meet with the new administration in January,” he added. “I don’t know whether that can be done, but we are sure as hell going to try.”
Adegbile had been nominated to a post in the Justice Department back in 2014, but the Senate blocked his appointment in a 52-47 vote, even though the Democrats invoked the so-called “nuclear option” to stop his appointment from being filibustered.
Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey was one of the people who had blocked Adegbile’s appointment to the Department of Justice, saying that by defending Abu-Jamal, the lawyer had “decided to join a political cause … And in my view, by doing so, he demonstrated his own contempt for — and frankly a willingness to undermine — the criminal justice system of the United States.”
“I do not believe that Mr. Adegbile’s nomination is consistent with justice for the family of officer Danny Faulkner or for anyone else that cares about the law enforcement community,” Toomey added.
In a Friday statement, Toomey slammed Obama’s appointment.
“In 2014, a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate agreed that Debo Adegbile was not fit to represent the people of the United States in enforcing Americans’ civil rights,” Toomey said in the statement.
“Mr. Adegbile did not simply defend a client,” Toomey explained. “He supervised an effort to lionize unrepentant cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal, who cold-bloodedly murdered Philadelphia police officer Danny Faulkner 35 years ago.”
Unlike his blocked appointment to the DOJ, however, Adegbile’s appointment to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is not subject to congressional oversight. So not only is this a kick in the teeth to law enforcement, it’s a kick in the teeth that there’s very little way for police officers to defend themselves against.
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H/T National Review