New Fight to Save Mumia Abu-Jamal
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/07/2017
Year Published: 2015
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21220
In 2011, after years of international protest, Mumia's 1981 death sentence (following his wrongful conviction for killing a Philadelphia police officer) was rescinded allowing him to enter the general prison population. Although this was a major victory for the movement to win his freedom, it brought its own set of issues.
The current crisis started in January of this year when Mumia developed a very serious skin allergy, which was misdiagnosed by prison doctors. This misdiagnosis and mistreatment led to major complications including adult-onset diabetes, and on March 30th he collapsed from diabetic shock.
Mumia, who had never had diabetes previously, nearly died from it. He was taken to an intensive care unit but after three days was returned to prison where his health continued to deteriorate.
Requests to see an independent doctor have been denied by Department of Corrections, legally guaranteed lawyer-client meetings have been denied or constricted, phone calls to his primary doctor have been denied, and repeatedly Mumia has been prevented from seeing his wife.