Philadelphia, PA – The wife of murdered Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner is furious about a racist tweet posted by the district attorney’s spokeswoman on Friday.
The widow was in town on Oct. 4 to deliver a letter to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office that asked the district attorney to recuse himself from the ongoing appeal of Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Abu-Jamal has already twice been convicted of murdering Maureen Faulkner’s husband more than 30 years ago.
“I left that first meeting willing to give you the opportunity to do the job you were elected to do, and I was cautiously optimistic that you would live up to the promises and commitments you made. Since then, you have failed us in virtually every sense,” Maureen Faulkner wrote in her letter to Krasner, according to KYW.
Outside of Krasner’s office, a crowd of more than 100 supporters gathered to hear what Officer Faulkner’s widow had to say as she held up a sign that said “Larry Krasner Is A Liar.”
“Mr. Krasner, I am asking you to voluntarily recuse yourself and anyone else in the District Attorney’s Office from my husband’s case immediately,” Maureen Faulkner announced, according to WHYY.
The widow has said that Krasner’s wife, Judge Lisa Rau, used to be a partner in the law firm that defended Abu-Jamal.
She also objected to the fact that a top deputy in the district attorney’s office once represented her husband’s killer, WHYY reported.
“You personally decided to have people who publicly advocated for the release of my husband’s killer on your transition team,” Maureen Faulkner said.
On Sept. 18, she asked the Superior Court to remove Krasner’s office from defending the guilty verdict against Abu-Jamal and asked them to have the state Attorney General’s Office represent the state’s interests in the case, and the District Attorney Office is fighting the request.
Shortly after Maureen Faulkner’s demonstration wrapped up, District Attorney’s Office Communications Director Jane Roh posted a picture of the protesters with caption that many characterized as racist.
“There’s something about this picture, can’t qwhite put my finger on it,” Roh tweeted, snarkily pointing out there were no white protesters in the photo.
She continued to make veiled racial references in the comments, including asking if the group had gone to Denny’s afterwards.
“It was racist, unprofessional and totally juvenile,” Maureen Faulkner told Philadelphia Magazine. “She should lose her job.”
“This is a disgrace,” the widow said. “If it was a racist comment about a black or brown person or an Asian person, it would have blown up. People would be marching in the streets about it. But because it’s a comment about white people, everybody lets it be.”
Maureen Faulkner said the district attorney’s spokeswoman’s tweet further undermined her faith in the District Attorney’s Office, Philadelphia Magazine reported.
“What is the mentality of the district attorney?” she asked. “This is a man who has lied to me over and over again. This is a man who has said that he wanted to weed out the white people from his office. Is the DA now racially profiling against white people? I just don’t trust him. And [Roh] needs to go.”
The official “Justice for Daniel Faulkner” Facebook page weighed in and called out Krasner’s spokeswoman for her “complete disregard for the sincerity and seriousness of the issues at hand.”
“What a disgrace. This was tweeted out by Jane Roh, who is the Director of Communications for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office. This racist tweet was posted immediately after the VICTIMS RALLY that was held in front of her office with Maureen Faulkner and the Philadelphia Police Union,” the post read.
Roh has since deleted her offensive tweet.