On April 24 supporters of black death-row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal gathered at Philadelphia City Hall for the “Death Row? Shut it Down!” demonstration organized to commemorate both Abu-Jamal’s birthday as well as the passage of the 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act.
After an hour of peaceful picketing, more than a
dozen Somerville and
Medford police arrived on the scene, complete
with a paddy wagon which
they parked in front of the theater entrance.
Police proceeded to mount
several assaults on the picketline, knocking
several picketing workers to
the ground, throwing one into oncoming traffic on
the adjacent street, and
hitting others with clubs.