A mural memorializing Daniel Faulkner, the Philadelphia police officer shot to death by Mumia Abu-Jamal in 1981, was unveiled over the weekend on the 6th Police District headquarters in Chinatown. Scores of people, mostly police officers, gathered for the mural’s dedication.
The mural was done by Jon Laidacker. It was conceived just a few months ago by Police Sgt. Mark Palma, who went to Fraternal Order of Police head John McNesby and the Mural Arts Program with the idea. “Murals are one way of lifting up our heroes,” MAP head Jane Golden told Philadelphia Magazine.
Maureen Faulkner, Daniel's widow, broke down when talking about the support of fellow officers and from other police widows. "I would not be able to do it without all of you," she said. "We're sort of a family because of what we endured." Members of Daniel Faulkner's squad were also present at the event.