In 1977 the female shooter was convicted and sentenced to life plus 26
to 33 years in prison. She was incarcerated in the Edna Mahan Correctional
Facility for Women in Hunterdon County. This facility is more commonly
known today as Clinton.
On November 2, 1979 in the daylight hours this convicted murderer was
serving her time in Clinton when she was taken from her cell to the
visitor’s area to meet with four people who had come to see her. It was
a setup. The four visitors took a Corrections Officer hostage. They then
took a prison driver hostage. Using the hostages, the visitors helped her
She eluded capture for several years until 1986 when she made her way to
Cuba. There she was granted political asylum. She has been there
Today, this woman goes by the name Assata Shakur. We know her as
It’s been seventeen years now. Photos coming out of Cuba show Chesimard
to be a smiling, happy, fit, and seemingly well-rested tourist on an
extended vacation. Not a care in the world. In fact, she’s even written
five books which are carried by major American booksellers such as
Amazon.com, Borders, and Barnes and Noble.
The good folks over at the NY Times even found their way to review her
book which most definitely boosted sales. "A deftly written book... a
spellbinding tale." -New York Times Book Review
On counter-culture websites she is celebrated as a revolutionary. Being
the aunt of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur has only furthered her status.
Seventeen years. For seventeen years this excrement has been living on an
Island in the Caribbean. Granted, Cuba might not be the first choice for
retirement, but chances are with her American fugitive status she has not
been bothered too much by the Communist Government.
Several attempts have been made to diplomatically bring
Joanne Chesimard back. Some of
these were stagnated by our own government.
In 1998 the US House of Representatives passed a unanimous resolution
urging Castro to return Chesimard to the United States. When the vote went
to the floor it was worded using the name Joanne Chesimard, not Assata
Shakur. After the vote, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D) from California
realized that they were one and the same. She immediately wrote a letter
to Fidel Castro explaining that she was purposely duped by Republicans.
She stated that had she realized that Joanne Chesimard and Assata Shakur were one and
the same, she would have voted against the resolution citing her belief
that Chesimard was “persecuted as a result of her political beliefs and
political affiliations.” “I support the right of all nations to grant
political asylum to individuals fleeing political persecution.”
Excuse my French, but what a piece of shit.
Talk about sending mixed messages. It’s not certain which is scarier;
the fact that a United States Congresswoman would be opposed to the
extradition of someone who murdered one police officer and wounded
another, or the fact that a United States Congresswoman casts her very
powerful vote on issues when she is completely unaware of the facts. With
this type of contradiction coming from our own government, it is no
surprise that Chesimard still basks in the sun.
Chesimard will be fifty-six years old this July. It has been twenty-four
years since she escaped to freedom and seventeen years since she took up
new residence in Cuba. There is no investigation left to be done. She has
already been convicted and sentenced.
In 2000, we went through the Elian Gonzalez fiasco. Our government
followed the law in deciding to return him to Cuba. We respect their law
while they don’t respect ours. Did our Government even try to set up a
backroom deal to have Chesimard returned? Probably not. What about our
Governor, two Senators, and thirteen House Representatives? Is having
Chesimard returned on the plate of any of our elected officials?
This is not just a lesson in history. Joanne Chesimard murdered a police
officer. She shot and seriously wounded another. Imagine what the scene
must have looked like to responding backup officers. Imagine the blood,
the cries of pain, the sight of Troopers in uniform crying, the knock at
the doors, the families completely losing it upon receiving the news, the
chaos at the hospital, the pronouncement, the task of sitting down with
children, and later the funeral.
Joanne Chesimard needs to pay for her crimes. She needs to be brought to
justice. As mentioned earlier, some attempts were made several years back, but nothing seems to
be going on now. Pressure must be applied to our representatives to
re-visit this issue and put it back on the front page. Our Government can
work miracles when they want to. We have to make them want to. Joanne
Chesimard has been free for twenty-four years. She murdered a police
officer! She murdered a police officer! She murdered a police officer!
If the Government won't take action, then every local in this state should
contribute monies to fund a trip to Cuba by family members and Troopers to
personally meet with Fidel Castro and plead for her
Below is a link to reach the email page for the Governor. We ask
that everyone reading this take the time and drop him a note expressing
your outrage and your insistence that action be taken to bring Joanne
Chesimard to justice. Remember too
that this tragedy occurred long before Governor McGreevey was in
office. His email page
is a bit lengthy, but well worth the time. After all, if it was you on
that motor vehicle stop back in 1973 you would want us to to do it for you
and your family.
share your thoughts on all aspects of the Joanne Chesimard issue from
observations at the scene to opinions on attempts to get her back.
you want, you can even send in a copy of the email you sent to the
Governor to be posted.
opinions will be considered, we will not post any messages that are
inflammatory, that bash any ethnic group or that are clearly of an
anti-law enforcement agenda.
for posting such an informative and important topic. They say "God
works in mysterious ways"; at least the low life nephew is no longer
among the living. Her time will come and may there be no mercy."
"Hon. Governor McGreevey,
accept this as a request that you consider lending your support to the New
Jersey State Police and the family of Tpr. Werner Foerster, in their
efforts to extradite Joanne Chesimard (AKA: Assata Shakur) from
was convicted of murdering Tpr. Foerster in 1977 and escaped from the Edna
Mahan Correctional Facility in 1979. She has lived in Cuba and has
effectively evaded extradition for some time, despite that attempts have
been made to effect her capture, by various agencies, since her
whereabouts became known.
am aware that these circumstances existed long before you became the
Governor, and it is unfortunate that you must inherit such unpleasant and
lingering issues. I do believe, however, that your support can only
positively reinforce the resolve of those seeking to bring Chesimard to
am confident that you, too, will find it unfair that a fugitive cop-killer
should enjoy the bountiful life of a celebrated author living her dream
while some, on our own shores, struggle simply to exist.
you, Sir, for your valuable time in this matter. I avail myself to
you, at the address above, should any questions or comments arise."
"Honorable Governor McGreevey,
I am writing you to ask for your assistance in a very serious matter that seems to be almost forgotten.
In 1973 New Jersey State Troopers James Harper and Werner Foerster were gunned down by Joanne Chesimard. Trooper Foerster died from his injuries.
Joanne Chesimard was later sentenced to prison but escaped in 1979. She has been free ever since. All reports indicate that she is now living in Cuba.
Governor, it has been too long. Joanne Chesimard has had freedom now for 24 years, and it's becoming a forgotten issue. I write to you today to ask that you take this issue on like no Governor has done before. I ask, with all respect, that, if necessary, you go to Cuba to get her back. This is the most important issue to New Jersey's law enforcement community.
New Jersey is facing some tough times. Unfortunately, there is not much in the way of good news that you can share due to our state going through a valley in the economic cycle. And, as there is no great boom on the horizon, this would be an excellent opportunity for you to accomplish something that every Governor since Chesimard's escape could not do.
Even if you were unsuccessful, your efforts would be most appreciated by myself and every other man and woman who works in the law enforcement field.
I thank you for your time, and I hope to be reading about this issue in the newspaper. If I may be of any assistance with this issue, please
use the attached contact information to reach me any time. Thank you again."
"I would think that this is a job for Special Ops. We know that the
Cuban government if you want to call it that, will not return her. They
did it in Pakistan a few years ago. I think they could do it now."
"This is an outrage...this scumbag murders and apparently gets away
with it...Don't worry sweetheart, your gonna pay one way or another.
In this life or the next. Someone at some point is coming for you.
I'm sure the officers family's can take some satisfaction knowing that in
this world you can run but you can't hide."