President Obama quietly made a shocking and aggressive move just before heading to Hawaii for his last Christmas vacation as POTUS that has a top official at the nation’s largest police union calling the action “a kick in the teeth to the cops.”
The Obama administration announced on Thursday that it was nominating Debo Adegbile, a top lawyer for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal for a six-year term on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Obama previously nominated Adegbile to head the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, but a bipartisan group of senators blocked the nomination in 2014 due to Adegbile’s defense of the convicted cop killer, Daily Caller reports.
Police Officer Daniel Faulkner murdered in 1981 (left), Debo P Abegile (center), Obama nominee and advocate for cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal (right).
Republican Senator from Pennsylvania Pat Toomey issued a sharply-worded statement calling on Obama to withdraw the appointment.
“Mr. Adegbile did not simply defend a client. He supervised an effort to lionize unrepentant cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal, who cold-bloodedly murdered Philadelphia police officer Danny Faulkner 35 years ago,” Toomey’s statement read. “Mr. Adegbile supervised the effort to spread misinformation about the trial and evidence, fabricate claims of racism, malign Philly police, and organize rallies across the globe that portrayed this brutal cop-killer as the victim.”
“A Democrat-led U.S. Senate evaluated the facts and agreed that Debo Adegbile is not fit to represent the American people as an enforcer of civil rights. This judgment included the votes of seven Democrats. I call on President Obama to adhere to the bipartisan judgment of the U.S. Senate and withdraw his appointment of Debo Adegbile to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights,” the statement continued.
Sam Cabral, president of the International Union of Police Associations, called the appointment a “slap in the face to every law enforcement officer in this great nation” in this statement released Friday:
John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police’s chapter in Philadelphia, slammed the Obama administration over the horrific appointment, calling it “Obama’s goodbye present to police across the nation.”
The Washington Free Beacon reports that McNesby said that he saw the appointment as “payback to the FOP” and vowed that he would push the incoming Trump administration to fight it.
“This was definitely payback to the FOP through the appointment,” McNesby said. “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 said. “I don’t know whether that can be done, but we are sure as hell going to try.”
McNesby guaranteed that his members will be outraged when they hear about the appointment and raised the possibility that the incoming Trump administration could shut down funding to the Commission on Civil Rights over the appointment.