President Obama was handed a defeat yesterday in the Senate. The nomination of Debo Adegbile to oversee the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division was blocked. Five Senate Democrats joined Republicans to vote against Adegbile.
Adegbile was met with very vocal opposition from the Fraternal Order of Police. Although he had shown questionable judgment in other areas, his defense and advocacy on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther and Marxist revolutionary who was convicted of murdering Phildelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner is what caused such outrage. After killing Faulkner, Abu-Jamal confessed, “I shot the motherf***er, and I hope the motherf***er dies.”
FOP National President Chuck Canterbury wrote in a letter to President Obama,
“We are aware of the tried and true shield behind which activists of Adegbile’s ilk are wont to hide – that everyone is entitled to a defense; but surely you would agree that a defense should not be based on falsely disparaging and savaging the good name and reputation of a lifeless police officer. Certainly any legal scholar can see the injustice and absence of ethics in this cynical race-baiting approach to our legal system.“
The vote was anticipated to be so close that Vice President Biden was expected to cast the deciding vote, but one Senator apparently flipped his vote. No, Sherrod Brown was not that Senator. Sherrod Brown once again demonstrated his loyalty to the Obama Administration by voting for Adegbile. Yesterday, Sherrod chose a race-baiting, cop killer defending nominee over the Fraternal Order of Police. Obama’s lame duck status is now firmly secure, but Sherrod continues to be his rubber stamp.