New Jersey state police hope that the U.S. plans to normalize full diplomatic relations with Cuba will help bring about the capture and return of a woman convicted in the slaying of a state trooper more than 40 years ago.
Joanne Chesimard was convicted of murdering Trooper Werner Foerster during a gunfight after being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. But she escaped from but escaped from prison and eventually ended up in Cuba, where she was granted asylum by Fidel Castro and has been living under the name Assata Shakur.
“We view any changes in relations with Cuba as an opportunity to bring her back to the United States to finish her sentence for the murder of a New Jersey State Trooper in 1973,” State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes said in a statement posted Wednesday on the agency’s Facebook page.
Look at these fuckin bastards jumpin at the first chance to torment black people and our own for crimes the PD themselves committed on us. Please keep Assata Shakur in your minds and be ready to organize and mobilize should the time come to stand up for this sister who did so much for our community. Opening relations with Cuba should not be an excuse to torment innocent Black women.