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Ben & Jerry's statement concerning Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc. and all of our employees have deep and heartfelt sympathy for Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, his family and his fellow officers, over his tragic death almost 18 years ago (12/9/81). The loss of anyone's life is reprehensible. The loss of a law enforcement officer's life in the line of duty is particularly egregious.
Unfortunately, there continues to be misinformation - outright false statements and accusations - concerning this tragedy. To set the record straight, Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc. has never taken a position - formal or informal - on any aspect of this tragic case, the sentence or the guilt or innocence of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Any comment to the contrary is both false and irresponsible.
There are two particularly absurd falsehoods being circulated, primarily on the Internet. One is that Ben & Jerry's made contributions to groups involved in this case. Ben & Jerry's has never, and will never, make any such contributions. The other falsehood involves allegations that Ben & Jerry's has an ice cream flavor whose name is connected to this case. That is both totally false and absurd.
Any misunderstanding regarding Ben & Jerry's connection with this case may have stemmed from the fact that Ben Cohen, one of our co-founders, acting as a private citizen, joined hundreds of other people in signing a petition four years ago calling for a re-trial. Mr. Cohen made his decision to sign as a private citizen, stating "I am in no position to judge his guilt or innocence. For all I know, a new and impartial trial could find him guilty again. But the American system of justice must be fair and must be perceived as fair."
It is understandable that people have difficulty separating in their minds that when Ben Cohen makes a private choice to do something, he does not represent Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc. As a company, we respect each individual's inalienable right to make those choices.
We trust that this will clear up any confusion or misunderstandings regarding this issue.
Ben & Jerry's
Ben & Jerry's Consumer Assistance FAQ REF#981230-0001 http://www.benjerry.com/ca
!!!!!WHO THE HELL ARE THEY KIDDING HE IS ONE OF THE OWNERS OF THE COMPANY!!!!!!