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College Invites Convicted Cop Killer to Speak at Graduation

October 03, 2014  | 

The Vermont Police Chiefs Association says members are "shocked and appalled" by the decision of Goddard College to have a man convicted of killing a policeman serve as graduation speaker Sunday, reports the Burlington Free Press.

"It is beyond belief that an educational institution would even consider such an act of disrespect to the family of slain Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner and the law enforcement community of Vermont," said Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel, president of the state chiefs association.

"It obviously means nothing to the school administration and graduates that Mumia Abu-Jamal murdered Officer Faulkner in cold blood by shooting him five times," Merkel said.

Abu-Jamal, who was a founder of the Philadelphia Black Panther Party, obtained his degree at Goddard through the mail while serving his prison sentence in 1996.

Abu-Jamal, 60, is scheduled to deliver a taped address that will be played when 20 students in a class of 23 receive their bachelor's degrees at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Haybarn Theatre at the Plainfield campus. The students decided on Abu-Jamal to deliver the address.


The Aggrieved: Survivor Maureen Faulkner

Comments (25)

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Mitch @ 10/3/2014 1:45 PM

What a bunch of of morons. 20 graduates that is a small school, my guess is they want publicity.

EODK9Trainer @ 10/3/2014 3:50 PM

Office of the president. Feel free to write. But feel free to Google this school. It's got a 1.3 of 5 rating from 65 ratings. Apparently not much of an school.

[email protected]

EODK9Trainer @ 10/3/2014 3:51 PM

Granted most of the reviews come as a result of this article but that's still a good thing.

T Jenkins @ 10/4/2014 8:12 AM

There are two ways to become famous in todays society. One can rise to it or one can descend to it. Goddard's choice is clear.

John @ 10/4/2014 8:23 AM

This is an out and out outrage! Disgusting. No wonder California schools look like a stepping stone to prison.

kevCopAz @ 10/4/2014 8:31 AM

I agree what a joke and shame upon that "educational" institution. Im sure the graduates from that school reach high positions in ACLU/other LIB non profits and places that employ English speaking fast food workers. The answer is simple, the DOC where this slime is being held should just say "NO" to any taping or sending of any interview for ANY prisoner, end of story, end of future stories of the like. DOC GROW A PAIR!

Mike Thompson @ 10/4/2014 8:32 AM

Just tried to send an Email to [email protected] to voice my disgust on their choice of speakers , but it bounced back as undeliverable. Obviously Ms. Cole's Email account has been changed or disabled. Looks like she doesn't care to hear any opposing points of view. What does that say about liberal tolerance and inclusiveness?

Capt. Crunch @ 10/4/2014 9:18 AM

It is obvious that no one can learn anything of value from Goddard, if I had a son or daughter going there I would pull them out.

It doesn't give the college much credit if a dumbass like Jamal, could graduate from there.

Ron Martinelli @ 10/4/2014 9:19 AM

As a former division dean of a college much larger than Goddard College and a 25 year law enforcement officer, this college and it's president should absolutely ashamed. If the college has a police force, they should all call in sick on the day this murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal speaks. Other off-duty police officers from the surrounding cities should carry signs and silently picket/protest the school in solidarity with the family of slain officer Daniel Faulkner. The problem with law enforcement that has gotten us where we are unfortunately are today is that we are not vocal. We serve the community and are the Thin Blue Line protecting it; but we do almost NOTHING to protect ourselves from it. Great examples of not speaking up are Eric Holder, Fast & Furious, and liberal cowards like this college president and student body who slap all of law enforcement in the face and celebrate a police officer's killer. When will we wake up and become a strong voice for positive change in America?

BT @ 10/4/2014 9:45 AM

What a joke. Email the "interim president" Robert Kenny at this address:
[email protected]

Steve @ 10/4/2014 10:17 AM

Well said Rod Martinelli! It is a shame!

Cristy @ 10/4/2014 10:50 AM

Absolutely disgusting! Clearly they invited him for the sake of controversy.

TERRY F. ZECH VAPD (RET) @ 10/4/2014 1:49 PM

What is a cop killer doing getting released anyway. He should be executed. He is nothing more than a glorified thug. He was the head of a Black PantherParty in Philadelphia. I do care if he got his doctorate from Goddard he needs to be executed.

J Chavez @ 10/4/2014 2:26 PM

What a disgrace! The Board of Directors should not allow this to happen and should be fired if they agree with it. According to the college web site, the Communications Manager, Samantha Kolber, can be contacted at 802-322-1724 or via e-mail at [email protected] Please contact her and voice your disgust.

Frank @ 10/4/2014 6:53 PM

The students want him to speak. They need to be monitored because they have to be crazies and idiots. The school should put their foot down and say no. What if a group of graduates want a child rapist or a serial killer,will that be allowed. It is time for law-abiding people to take back America. Let's stop the freaks.

TheRookie @ 10/4/2014 7:05 PM

It's a continuation of Obama & With-Holder's Dept. of No-Justice filtering avenues for cop killers to take and/or re-route to. He was reprieved of the death penalty by the Federal Courts who are in 'Bat Boyz' & Cop Killing With-Holder's hip pockets (BPO-Brian Terry). He's still sentenced to life without possibility of parole. That's until Obammy gives him clemency right before he ducks out of Office. The shat bag is now allowed to continue to feed off tax payers money spreading hatred. Perps using their rights while Victims have none (ZERO).

Morning Eagle @ 10/5/2014 1:12 AM

If any of you have a few minutes and the interest follow the link at the bottom of the article: The Aggrieved - Maureen Faulkner for more background on the cold blooded and vicious execution of her husband. One of the Fox news hosts had her on when it was announced by Goddard that this slimy POS had been invited to speak at its commencement exercise. Very impressive lady. They also had a spokesman for Goddard but all he did was flap his lips about right to free speech and how the students had selected this human debris as a speaker they wanted to hear. Just as despicable as this killer are the lawyers and big name Hollywood types agitating for his release. He should have been executed long ago instead he is still living on our dollar and actually being permitted to make money spewing his hatred for police and whitey in writing and over the radio.

EODK9Trainer @ 10/5/2014 1:44 AM

Sorry for the wrong email I posted. I took it directly from the schools web site.

Jason C. King @ 10/5/2014 2:20 PM

I studied this case and maybe I’m wrong. But from what I read, from what I have found out about this case and the details involved…..there was never any forensic evidence that Mumia-Abul-Jamal ever shot anyone. I’m just sayin…..this dude has been locked up for 30 years on a conviction with no physical proof. He was sentenced and convicted with no forensic evidence. No proof. none. IF IM WRONG….SHOW ME.

Mitch @ 10/5/2014 7:10 PM

Jason C King you are dead wrong. There was forensic evidence you have chosen to ignore it. He was convicted by a jury he has appealed and lost 4 times how much more proof do you want. Real life and TV are different, quit watching CSI and the other trash shows that all get solved in a hour its never that easy.

plato's playdough @ 10/6/2014 1:34 AM

The Black Panthers have a distinguished history, and an association with The Nation of Islam. The Southern Poverty Law Center describes Farrakhan as antisemitic and anti-white.

Reference link

Reference a Youtube vid

Malcolm X was Farrakhan's mentor in the Nation Of Islam, and when Malcolm X publicly admonished the founder, Rev Elijah Mohammed, for impregnating several young women and using church funds to pay them off, Farrakhan gave a speech to NOI members, which directly led to Malcolm X being shot to death by Nation of Islam members, all of whom call themselves Black Israelites, and they are taught that THEY are the original Israelites.

Farrakhan will not be able to continue much longer as their leader, but didn't Eric Holder recently announce that he would be leaving the office of AG??

Tom @ 10/6/2014 7:08 AM

My suggestion for those at this school to make this decision is simply this:

Next time someone is out of control, fighting, or threatening someone at your facility with a weapon-----Call a black panther, and let us know how that works for you.

Richard Hightower @ 10/6/2014 9:46 AM

This college is an obvious scam college that appeals to low-lifes and non-hackers in society. It seems to be the original "on line" college with very low rankings academically.

They are just appealing to their student body / marketplace niche. Low lifes and criminals.

Jennifer Fuller @ 10/6/2014 2:05 PM

I'm thinking 20 future defense attorneys and/or ACLU "advocates" just received their Bachelor degrees. Oh well, I guess I should be happy it wasn't 200 from a single school.

rosie oswald @ 10/7/2014 6:03 AM

I am ashamed this college is in my home state !

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