Mumia Benefit Funds Earmarked For Cops' Families

The New Jersey state Senate voted unanimously Monday to use $65,000 raised by the state-owned Continental Airlines Arena during a benefit concert for convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to aid families of police officers killed in the line of duty. The measure now moves to the state Assembly, according to Pete Cammarano, spokesperson for the bill's sponsor, Sen. Richard Codey. Rage Against the Machine and the Beastie Boys headlined the controversial show in January, which raised $500,000 for Abu-Jamal's defense fund. Abu-Jamal, who has maintained his innocence, is on death row for the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.