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TAKE ACTION! Big Media Must Not Ignore New Mumia Abu-Jamal Crime Scene Photos

By Educators and Journalists for Mumia  Posted by Hans Bennett (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 2 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   No comments

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Big Media Must Not Ignore New Mumia Abu-Jamal Crime Scene Photos

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Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal and Journalists for Mumia Abu-Jamal are asking people to please contact the media about the new Educators for Mumia press-release titled "Jurors Never Saw Earliest Photos at Abu-Jamal’s 1982 Trial."

The press-release (Download as a Word file) states that “German linguist, Michael Schiffmann (University of Heidelberg), has disclosed his discovery of 26 photographs, taken by press photographer Pedro Polakoff, which suggest more evidence that basic investigative protocol was violated by police from the earliest moments of the killing….The very existence of these photos, and what they show, together with the many other indicators of prosecutorial abuse, manipulation of witnesses and violation of Abu-Jamal’s constitutional rights, give still firmer ground that Abu-Jamal did not receive a fair trial.”

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In May, Dr. Schiffmann unveiled the new photos at a well-attended evening event in Philadelphia, and issued a press-release with quotes from Abu-Jamal’s lead attorney Robert R. Bryan, as well as journalists Dave Lindorff, and Linn Washington, Jr (Read the May 18 press-release).

In response, Polakoff's photos have received coverage from several activist-oriented websites, newspapers, and radio shows. However, not even one of the really big media outlets has reported on these photos yet, which makes it a fresh and timely story. (View 4 Photos here).

We have written a polite sample letter to use for contacting the media, but please feel free to give it your own personal touch and explain why you think it is important for these new photos to be presented to the US public.

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A compiled list of media contacts is available here.

The sample letter can be read online or downloaded as a Word file.

Read more about German author Michael Schiffmann's new book on Abu-Jamal, Race Against Death.

The EMAJ press release is based upon these seven points:

#1--Polakoff’s photos were the earliest taken at the crime scene, preceding even those taken by the police and used at trial.

#2--The DA’s office not once, but twice ignored Polakoff’s attempts to make the photos available to them.

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#3-- Polakoff found the crime scene to be surprisingly and unusually unsecured and unprotected by authorities.

#4--Many of Polakoff’s photos appear to show both manipulation of evidence (e.g. changed position of Faulkner’s hat) and corruption of the crime scene (e.g. police touching of the guns’ metal parts).

#5—Two Polakoff photos show that the cab of prosecution key witness Robert Chobert was not parked at the point from which he says he witnessed the crime.

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