by Jim Kouri
America’s largest police organization, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), sent a letter to President Barack Obama for nominating an attorney with a questionable background to become the head of an important Justice Department post, an “Inside the Beltway” watchdog group reported on Tuesday.
The person selected by Obama — Debo Adegbile — defended a member of the radical Black Panthers who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer execution-style. And yet Obama is pushing his nomination to head a key division at the Justice Department, the agency responsible for enforcing the law and defending the interests of the United States, according to Judicial Watch.
“Once again we are face-to-face with proof that this president is hell-bent on radicalizing the Justice Department. One need only read the press releases coming from Attorney General Eric Holder to see that his priority is prosecuting businessmen and corporations rather than organized crime, radical groups and terrorists,” said former police detective and director of corporate security Henry Melmann.
Obama’s nominee to be Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the DOJ spent upwards of ten years in various leadership positions at the Legal Defense and Education Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
During Adegbile’s leadership, the NAACP volunteered its services to represent Mumia Abu-Jamal, a member of the Black Panthers, who murdered Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner three decades ago.
Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death by the Pennsylvania jury that had convicted him in 1982 while Mumia’s supporters — including Debo Adegbile — have long claimed that he was the victim of a racist legal system.