PHILADELPHIA – Officials in Philadelphia have unveiled a mural dedicated to the police officer fatally shot by Mumia Abu-Jamal (moo-MEE'-ah AH'-boo jah-MAHL') nearly 33 years ago.
Authorities dedicated a 25-foot-tall mural of Officer Daniel Faulkner during a ceremony Monday morning. The mural is painted on the side of the police station Faulkner worked at in the Chinatown section of the city.
His widow thanked the more than 100 people in attendance at the ceremony and called the mural a beautiful tribute to Faulkner.
Faulkner was shot by Abu-Jamal on a downtown street in 1981.
Abu-Jamal, a onetime radio journalist and former Black Panther, was convicted of murder in 1982 and sentenced to death. But a federal appeals court ordered a new sentencing hearing because of flawed jury instructions. In 2011, prosecutors agreed to reduce his sentence to life imprisonment.