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.

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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.

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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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