Cop-Killer Joanne Chesimard: “I am the Victim”
On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba. Obama has failed to address whether the United States will seek the extradition of notorious American cop-killer Joanne Chesimard from Cuba, where she has been cowering since at least 1984.
A short summary of why Chesimard is wanted in the United States:
On May 2, 1973, Chesimard and two accomplices were stopped for a motor vehicle violation on the New Jersey Turnpike by two New Jersey State Police troopers. Chesimard and her accomplices opened fire on the troopers. One trooper was wounded and the other was shot and killed execution-style at point-blank range. Chesimard fled the scene, but was subsequently apprehended.
In 1977, Chesimard was found guilty of first degree murder, assault and battery of a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to kill, illegal possession of a weapon, and armed robbery. She was sentenced to life in prison. On November 2, 1979, Chesimard escaped from prison and lived underground before being located in Cuba in 1984. Excerpted from “New Most Wanted Terrorist Joanne Chesimard First Woman Added to List” FBI 05/02/13
In “an open letter” floating around the interent for several years, a writer purporting to be Chesimard claims:
My name is Assata Shakur, and I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the U.S. government’s policy towards people of color.
In 1977, I was convicted by an all-white jury and sentenced to life plus 33 years in prison. In 1979, fearing that I would be murdered in prison, and knowing that I would never receive any justice, I was liberated from prison, aided by committed comrades who understood the depths of the injustices in my case, and who were also extremely fearful for my life. Excerpted from “An open letter from Assata Shakur: I am a 20th century escaped slave” 12/30/14 Workers World
Occupy Bawl Street translation of Chesimard’s political stance: “I should not suffer the consequences of actions motivated by my beliefs.” If Cuba truly wants diplomatic relations with the United States they should deliver Chesimard forthwith. Heck, let them even have the FBI reward for this savage cop-killer. – Grizzly Joe