Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2017. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

All Things Censored: Commentary By Mumia Abu-Jamal

StoryApril 02, 1999
Watch iconWatch Full Show

At the beginning of every month Democracy Now! airs "All Things Censored," commentaries written by journalist and death row resident Mumia Abu-Jamal, and produced by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has banned new recordings of Mumia’s voice, so we bring to you notable people reading his essays.

This month, Bear Lincoln reads Mumia’s "Legalized Cop Violence." On April 14, 1995 Bear Lincoln was ambushed by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s department in Northern California. Sheriff Bob Davis and another man died in a rain of gunfire. Lincoln was tried and acquitted of first and second-degree murder charges by an all white jury for the officer’s death. On April 23, the district attorney will decide whether to retry Bear Lincoln for manslaughter.

It is ironic that Bear can read you this commentary, because he is not allowed to speak in his own defense. A California court has barred Bear and his attorney from speaking about the case or publicly proclaiming his innocence.

Tape:

  • Bear Lincoln, reading "Legalized Cop Violence," written by Mumia Abu-Jamal, recorded at the Round Valley Indian Reservation.

Related link:


The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.

Make a donation