PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A national police organization is protesting President Barack Obama’s nomination of a civil rights attorney for the position in the U.S. Department of Justice, citing his legal work on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

The National Fraternal Order of Police expressed “vehement opposition” to the nomination of Debo Adegbile to be assistant attorney general for the department’s civil rights division.

Adegbile led the Legal Defense and Educational Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People when it volunteered to represent Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.

According to news reports, Adegbile said during a confirmation hearing Wednesday that he had simply argued that the correct legal process be followed and didn’t comment negatively on the officer’s “tragic death.”

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