Convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal will give the commencement speech at a small Vermont college.

Abu-Jamal, who gunned down 25-year-old Daniel Faulkner in 1981, will give a pre-recorded speech at Goddard College.

Tonight on “The Kelly File,” Faulkner’s widow, Maureen Faulkner, and Goddard College graduate Dustin Byerly discussed the controversial decision to have Abu-Jamal give the address.

Faulkner said she is “absolutely outraged that they would have such a hate-filled murderer on as a commencement speaker.”


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She said she doesn’t understand the justice system or why he is allowed to give a commencement address.

“He lost his voice when he put a bullet between my husband’s eyes,” she said.

But Byerly said that graduating students selected Abu-Jamal and that the college advocates for complicated dialogue.

“What dialogue is there gonna be? Who’s gonna represent Maureen’s side?” Kelly pressed.


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Byerly said that dialogue has been taking place all day about the commencement address and issues of race relations.

“It’s not about race, it’s about cop killing,” Kelly fired back.

Watch the full segment above.