Mumia is an innocent man.
Mumia Abu-Jamal is sitting on death-row, awaiting punishment for a crime he didn't commit. He was accused and convicted of shooting Daniel Faulkner, a white Philadelphia police officer. On December 9, 1981, Mumia, who was driving a cab at the time, saw Faulkner beating his brother, William Cook, with a flashlight. Apparently William Cook and his friend were pulled over by Faulkner. According to the prosecution Mumia then shot Faulkner three times. However there was a ludicrous amount of information left out of Mumia's trial. Just for starters: A third party emerge from Cook's vehicle, shoot Faulkner and flee from the scene of the crime. Mumia, being a cab driver, carried a registered .38 caliber pistol. However, the bullets found in Faulkner were judged to be that of a .44 caliber. essential questions, such as: was Mumia's gun ever fired, were not even investigated because the court only allowed $150 for Mumia's defense.
You may ask why Mumia's case was handled this way? It seems that the only thing that Mumia ever did "wrong" was to inconvenience the Philadelphia P.D. by investigating (as a journalist) into their practices and activities. This isn't a debate over capital punishment. It is a call to action against Philadelphia political establishment for recklessly using the death penalty to silence Mumia, who was questioning their practices and actions.