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NJ State Police More hopeful than ever for the return of Joanne Chesimard to the United States


June 17,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, President Trump pushed changes in US /Cuba policy , “To the Cuban government, I say: Put an end to the abuse of dissidents,” Trump said in Miami. “Release the political prisoners. Stop jailing innocent people. Open yourselves to political and economic freedoms. Return the fugitives from American justice — including the return of the cop-killer Joanne Chesimard.”

NJ State Police Colonel Fuentes’ Statement Regarding President Trump’s Administration New Policy Toward Cuba

“Just listened with great interest to President Donald Trump’s Miami speech on his Administration’s new policy towards Cuba. On behalf of all the men and women of the New Jersey State Police, I am grateful for his recognition and deep concern that Cuba continues to harbor this country’s most wanted cop killers and domestic terrorists. I am more hopeful than ever for the return of Joanne Chesimard to the United States to complete her term of imprisonment for the 1973 murder of Trooper Werner Foerster.”

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Oops! NJ elementary school assignment asks kids to honor convicted cop killer

Mumia Abu-Jamal

Mumia Abu-Jamal

By Sergio Bichao February 4, 2017 6:44 PM

WEST DEPTFORD — A South Jersey elementary school principal got a lesson on checking her work after assigning students as young as 6 a project that honored a convicted cop killer.

The school-wide assignment at Red Bank Elementary School was actually supposed to honor famous black Americans for Black History Month.

But the list of notable black figures included Mumia Abu-Jamal and Angela Davis alongside Louis Armstrong, Mohammad Ali, Crispus Attucks and George Washington Carver.

Abu-Jamal, a black nationalist, was convicted of killing Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. He has maintained his innocence even though he was found wounded from a gunshot at the scene alongside his fired gun.

Davis, meanwhile, is a social justice activist and communist who was a one-time fugitive after being charged as an accessory in a violent and deadly 1970 takeover of a California courtroom. Prosecutors tried to tie her to the incident because the guns had belonged to her, but an all-white federal jury acquitted her.

What the principal failed to notice, many parents did — including Bryan Klugh, who alerted his friends on the police force.

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Chesimard remains an open wound in N.J.


AP FILE PHOTO Joanne Chesimard

APRIL 19, 2015    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015, 10:07 AM

AFTER THE White House announced last week that it wanted to remove Cuba from America’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, it sent a report to Congress.

This was hardly unusual. When the president makes a decision on an important aspect of national policy, his staff often writes a report for the Senate and House. But this report was somewhat unusual. It contained a message for New Jersey.

Without mentioning New Jersey or any other specific names, the White House report addressed Cuba’s decision to offer political asylum to a group of notorious fugitives who fled from America law enforcement authorities years ago and have been living freely ever since on the island nation.

The most notable member of that gang is Joanne Chesimard, a key figure in the Black Liberation Army who was convicted in the murder of a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 during a gunfight after a traffic stop on the turnpike. After escaping from a New Jersey women’s prison in 1979, Chesimard slipped into the secretive world of America’s radical underground and then made her way to Cuba, where she was welcomed by Fidel Castro’s government as a revolutionary and granted political asylum.

Another notorious figure now living in Cuba is William Morales, the Puerto Rican nationalist who is believed to have built the bomb that blew up New York City’s Fraunces Tavern in 1975, killing four people, including a Fair Lawn man.