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Bobby Yantorno’s Coast to Coast Ride For Justice.

Bobby Yantorno was a young cop when Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was tragically murdered in the line of duty in 1981. Throughout his rise in the department, Danny’s story has stayed with him, as it has with many in the Philadelphia area and beyond.

On Saturday, May 9th, Bobby set out to ride his bike across the country from Ventura, California to Jacksonville, Florida to raise money for the Justice for Daniel Faulkner Fund, a 501c(3) non-profit organized to honor Danny’s memory and to combat the propaganda of those seeking to free the man who murdered him, and the Philadelphia FOP’s Survivors Fund, a non-profit that provides financial assistance and support to the families of Philadelphia police officers who have been injured or killed in the line of duty. Most recently the FOP Survivors Fund has assisted the families of Philadelphia Police Corporal James O’Connor, who was shot in the line of duty and Lt. Jimmy Walker, who succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This 3,000 mile ride is a difficult and amazing feat. Bobby is pedaling alone through California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Bobby expects this ride to take 22 days. Every single day, Bobby has and continues to pedal 100-plus miles through rough terrain to complete this heroic feat. His friend and retired firefighter / EMT Bryan Marton has been trailing him in a support vehicle and they have been stopping at police departments along the way to raise awareness for the Justice For Daniel Faulkner Fund, and support the blue across the country. Without Bryan’s support, this endeavor would have been impossible.

Please help Bobby in raising money for these very worthy causes. Donations can be made here:
and will be split evenly between Justice for Daniel Faulkner and the Philadelphia FOP’s Survivors Fund. Any donation, big or small, will help Maureen Faulkner as she continues to battle her husband’s killer, 39 years later, and the families of fallen officers in the Philadelphia area.


A message from Maureen Faulkner and family:

“This past Tuesday, at 11:15am, Philadelphia attorney Larry Krasner and his ADA’s had a conference call with me, my husband, and the Faulkner family. He laid out options regarding the case in which we expressed that we strongly wanted the case appealed in order to keep this remorseless murderer behind bars.

During the conversation, my niece spoke up and said:

“Larry, you sound like you have already made up your mind not to appeal”, in which he responded:

“No, I have not. I will take all of your feelings into consideration. I am not sure when I’ll make the final decision, but when I do, we will make sure the family is notified promptly.”

Fast forward to the next morning, I was on my way home from taking my dog out for a hike in the mountains. I was driving down a very treacherous, winding road, when my phone rang….

It was a news reporter.

He asked, “Maureen have you heard the news? DA Larry Krasner has decided to withdrawal the appeal.”

At that moment, every emotion hit me like a freight train and I broke down hysterically crying. Why was I finding out about this sensitive information from a reporter and not receiving a phone call from the DA’s office?! I had to pull over on the edge of the road to calm myself down. I felt betrayed, not only by Larry, but frankly, the entire justice system.

It was at that moment that it became crystal clear that Larry Krasner has his own agenda. He could not care less about the crime victims, the survivors, or all of the pain they have endured.

I think the city of Philadelphia needs to rise up and speak out against this deceitful man whose job it is to protect the police department, the law abiding citizens, and the survivors of crime. I think the judges of Pennsylvania need to take a second look at the plea bargains DA Krasner is handing out to convicted criminals.

Please join us for a press conference this Tuesday, April 23rd, at 6pm EST
at the:

Philadelphia FOP Lodge #5
11630 Caroline Road,
Philadelphia, PA 19154

I will be there along with the Faulkner family. We are inviting all officers, survivors, and concerned citizens to join us and express your concerns.

We must stand united so the city of Philadelphia does not fall.

Families Behind the Badge

Our longtime friends at the Irish Pub in Philadelphia will be hosting a guest bartending night with Maureen Faulkner and the families of fallen officers on Saturday, November 19th from 2 – 5pm to raise money for the Phila FOP Lodge 5’s Survivors Fund! Please come out and support this very worthy cause!

Maureen Faulkner, wife of officer killed by Mumia Abu-Jamal, on the death penalty: Commentary

By Maureen Faulkner

Why should a murderer who violently and willfully took the life of an innocent person be allowed to keep their own life? This is the question I have posed to innumerable people since my husband was murdered over 30 years ago. I have yet to hear a single answer that has rang true or moved me.

My life experience and personal interactions with victims of violent crime has shown me that there are evil violent animals living among us. They break into our homes, kidnap, rape, torture and murder our children. They slaughter our defenseless elderly citizens to steal their often meager belongings and in growing numbers they wantonly gun down our law enforcement officers.

Yet, as one of his first orders of business newly elected governor, Tom Wolf, has said he will impose a moratorium on executions and Senator Daylin Leach will introduce a bill calling for the repeal of capital punishment in Pennsylvania. I can say without any hesitation they are dead wrong. Continue Reading →

Goddard may help silence Abu-Jamal

THANK YOU, Goddard College. Thank you for inviting Mumia Abu-Jamal to be your commencement speaker. You have brought to a head the outrage decent people feel when they hear this unrepentant cop killer has his own syndicated radio show from prison and is arguably the face of the ever expanding field of celebrity criminals. Continue Reading →

Smerconish: Honoring Mumia “despicable”

Michael Smerconish speaks on a New England college’s decision to have Mumia Abu-Jamal speak at their commencement.

Fox News

Oct. 04, 2014 – 4:01 – Reaction from Maureen Faulkner, widow of police officer Daniel

Cop killer to give pre-recorded commencement speech

Cop killer to give pre-recorded commencement speech

Oct. 04, 2014 – 4:01 – Reaction from Maureen Faulkner, widow of police officer Daniel Faulkner

Goddard chooses convicted cop killer for grad speaker

Mike Donoghue, Burlington (Vt.) Free Press 6:02 p.m. EDT October 2, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The Vermont Police Chiefs Association says members are “shocked and appalled” by the decision of Goddard College to have a man convicted of killing a policeman serve as graduation speaker Sunday.

“It is beyond belief that an educational institution would even consider such an act of disrespect to the family of slain Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner and the law enforcement community of Vermont,” said Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel, president of the state chiefs association.

“It obviously means nothing to the school administration and graduates that Mumia Abu-Jamal murdered Officer Faulkner in cold blood by shooting him five times,” Merkel said. Continue Reading →

An Letter Written by the Chief of Police from the Brimfield Police Department.

Dear Goddard College (Vermont) Interim President Bob Kenny,

Good day to you. It’s Chief Oliver here. You probably don’t know me, largely because you are a learned fella and the president of a college. Those just are not the circles I run in, so no worries. I am a small town police chief and largely insignificant in the world of higher education. I know of you, though. That is because you are the president of Goddard college- you are the big kahuna- the buck stops with you . You are also the person permitting a convicted murderer of a police officer to deliver a commencement speech at your college. So, while you may be learned; it appears you have not taken any courses in common sense and compassion. Sorry. I know that is blunt. I just can’t think of any nicer big words to use, because of my humble inner-city roots. Continue Reading →

Exclusive: Maureen Faulkner on failed DOJ nomination

March 05, 2014