Despite reports last June that the normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba had opened up a dialog concerning the return to American soil of New Jersey cop killer Joanne Chesimard (aka Assata Shakur), the Obama administration wasn’t about to do the right thing.
Now that Fidel Castro is dead Barack Obama is on his way out of office, Chesimard’s days as a free woman may be numbered. According to the website of New Jersey radio station 101.5, Christopher J. Burgos, president of the State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey, has asked President-elect Donald Trump “to reverse the shameful White House policy of friendship with a despotic government, allowing convicted US fugitives, most notably Joanne Chesimard, to be harbored and given safe haven in Cuba.”
Chesimard, 68, was convicted in 1977 of killing State Police officer Werner Foerster four years earlier. Two years later she managed to escaped to Cuba, where she was given asylum. A member of the Black Panthers and Black Liberation Army, Chesimard remains atop the State Police Most Wanted list and was named to the FBI’s Most Wanted list in 2013.
Despite overwhelming evidence of her guilt, bleeding-heart liberals have maintained her innocence for nearly the four decades since she fled to Cuba. The rapper Common wrote an ode to Chesimard, which he performed at the White House as Obama’s guest.