Outrage: One of Obama’s last acts was allowing fugitive cop killer to remain free in Cuba

Outrage: One of Obama’s last acts was allowing fugitive cop killer to remain free in Cuba
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In his waning hours of office, Barack Obama went into overdrive, hoping to ensure his legacy as the man who fundamentally transformed the United States of America. Of course, one man’s transformation is another’s treachery. And among Obama’s parting gestures in the name of “social justice” was ensuring that a black cop killer who had been granted asylum by Cuba would remain a free woman.

Via The Washington Times:

The Obama administration signed a law-enforcement agreement with Cuba Monday that doesn’t call for the return of U.S. fugitives, including former Black Panther Joanne Chesimard, who is wanted for killing a New Jersey police officer.

The pact was signed by Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the de facto U.S. ambassador in Havana, and the Cuban Interior minister Julio César Gandarilla. It covers a broad range of law-enforcement topics, such as counternarcotics operations.

Also present at the signing was White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, who played a key role in forging Mr. Obama’s policy of restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba in 2014.

The agreement does not include a return of U.S. fugitives that Cuba has harbored, including Chesimard, also known as Assata Shakur. Convicted of murder for the shooting death of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster in 1973, she escaped prison in 1979 and received asylum from Cuba….

Assata Shakur
Joanne Chesimard (aka, Assata Shakur)

Anyone who might think this was merely an oversight should be aware that in 2015 Obama invited the rapper Common to the White House as part of his “In Performance” series. Among the songs performed was the rapper’s ode to Chesimard.

After the 2016 election, the State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey asked then-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.” Trump has since pledged to do just that.

Real justice will at last be served.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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