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Reward Doubled to $2M for N.J. Trooper's Killer

May 02, 2013  | 

Screenshot via FBI.
Screenshot via FBI.
The reward for the capture of a 1970s black nationalist who killed a New Jersey trooper doubled to $2 million on the 40th anniversary of the crime. The FBI also named Assata Shakur, who was previously known as Joanne Chesimard, to its Most Wanted Terrorists.

The New Jersey State Police has pledged $1 million to the existing $1 million reward offered by the FBI.

Shakur was convicted of killing Trooper Werner Foerster during a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in May of 1973. The trooper had pulled her over for a motor vehicle violation. She disarmed the trooper and fatally shot him with his service weapon.

"This case is just as important today as it was when it happened 40 years ago," said Mike Rinaldi, a New Jersey State Police lieutenant and member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Newark. "Bringing Joanne Chesimard back here to face justice is still a top priority."

Following her conviction and sentencing, Shakur escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women on Nov. 2, 1979. While visiting her, three members of the Black Liberation Army drew concealed .45-caliber pistols, seized two guards as hostages and commandeered a prison van.

In 1984, Shakur fled to Cuba, where she was given asylum. There have been several unsuccessful attempts to extradite her. On May 2, 2005, the FBI classified her as a "domestic terrorist," increasing the reward for assistance in her capture to $1 million.

In 2011, President Obama skipped National Police Week events to host a poetry night with a performance from rapper Common, author of the work, "A song for Assata."

Tags: Domestic Terrorists, Black Nationalist Groups, Most Wanted Lists, Fugitives from Justice, New Jersey State Police, FBI, Rewards

Comments (7)

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Luis @ 5/2/2013 4:39 PM

Have they searched all Ivy League universities ? She's probably been given a full professorship.

Capt. Crunch @ 5/2/2013 4:59 PM

Let her stay in Cuba, because the country is like a prison anyway. If she comes back the NAACP, will get her off.

Tom Ret @ 5/2/2013 5:40 PM

Chesimard would fit in nicely at U Mass Dartmouth faculty.

Hosting rapper Common at the white house, while skipping national police week, showed a total lack of respect for law enforcement.

Bob@Az. @ 5/2/2013 7:00 PM

Don't issue a reward, issue a bounty, dead or alive, and watch the rush to claim it. I wonder how the Cuban people would feel about making more in bounty then the whole island makes in a year. Blues, Stay Safe.

jingcha @ 5/2/2013 8:29 PM

Id Happily Kill Her FOr Free.

Steve @ 5/3/2013 7:48 AM

Every time I hear another account of Obama's disrespect for this country I try to figure out what the heck the people that put him in office were thinking. They, obviously, also lack respect for those who made this country great. So sad to see it declining the way it is.
As for this "cop killer", I wonder if they have put out any age-enhanced pictures of her? If the above are 1970s pictures, she has obviously changed in appearance. She may be living next door to one of us right here in the USA. It'd be nice for her to spend the rest of her life behind bars!

scpdblue @ 5/3/2013 9:16 AM

Just contacted one of the NJ families,grease their palms with a little green,fly them over there and in about a week,justice would be served. The U.S. government worked with the mob in WW2 and also helped locate Brigadier General James Dozier who was kidnapped on 17 December 1981 by the Italian terrorist group the Red Brigades. .

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