#Assata Shakur was the founder of the group, #Black Liberation Army, a group of people who were dedicated to resisting, “political, social, and economic oppression of Black people in the United States. They also supported armed struggle as the Black and poor community’s necessary response to oppression in the United States and globally. Joanne Chesimard (#Shakur’s birth name) is considered a domestic terrorist. She murdered a law enforcement officer execution style. She was convicted for killing a New Jersey state trooper, Werner Foerster, in 1973.
Shakur was the second U.S citizen and currently the only woman to be on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie describes Shakur as “a cold-blooded cop killer.” There are a lot of people who want to see Shakur extradited from Cuba back to the United States for justice to be served. However, there are many people who stand in support of Shakur because they feel her indictment occurred during a time of state brutality, and cover-ups that have distorted and thwarted struggles for the Black community.
According to Ebony magazine, “early on May 2,1973, Shakur and fellow BLA members Zayd Malik Shakur and Sundiata Acoli were stopped by state troopers in a traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. During the encounter, both Zayd Malik and Foerster were shot and killed. Shakur and Acoli fled the scene, but were later apprehended by authorities. She was put on trial, and the New Jersey jury reached a guilty verdict after twenty-four hours for deliberation. Shakur was convicted on six assault charges and one homicide, and sentenced to life imprisonment.” While Shakur was in prison she wrote a letter which accused the United States government of corruption and oppressive actions toward liberation movements.
There is a significant amount of evidence that supports the claims of an unfair trial for Shakur. Foerster’s partner James Harper admitted under oath that he lied on his initial report; five jury members were also friends and family of the state troopers; Shakur’s fingerprints were not on the gun or any ammunition found at the scene of the crime.
Shakur escaped prison in 1979 with the help BLA members who posed as visitors and fled to Cuba. There, former dictator Fidel Castro granted her asylum under international law as a “victim of state persecution for her political beliefs and practices.” As far as anyone knows, Shakur has been there ever since. Many people are now waiting to see now waiting to see what the U.S will do since the diplomatic re-establishment between the U.S and Cuba. Most people feel that since the United States is in an era of White cops killing Blacks, Shakur a “Black activist” who killed a White cop would definitely not receive fair treatment in United States if brought back now. Read more.