During a traffic stop in 1973, Black Liberation Army member Joanne Chesimard shot and killed New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster during a traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. She shot him twice with her personal weapon, then when that gun hammed she executed Trooper Foerster with his own service revolver. She was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in 1977. Two years after her conviction, she escaped prison. For her history of violence and her years spent on the run, Joanne Chesimard AKA Assata Shakur has become the first woman to top the FBI most wanted terrorist list. Chesimard fled to Cuba in 1984 after hiding out in a series of safe hosues in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
According to New Jersey State Police Col. Rick Fuentes, the self-styled Assata Shakur “flaunts her freedom,” adding, “To this day from her safe haven in Cuba Chesimard has been given a pulpit to preach and profess, stirring supporters and groups to mobilize against the United States by any means necessary.”
Of course, Shakur has maintained her innocence, including doing an interview with BET in 2001 where she described her all-white jury as a lynching rather than a trial. The now-65-year-old woman and godmother of the late rapper Tupac Shakur has commanded a high price for years, and now authorities in New Jersey have increased her reward to a staggering $2 million dollars, which out to bring the bounty hunters out of the woodwork if it hasn’t already.
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