U.S. Cop Killer Remains In Cuba

Thursday, May 21, 2009
TRENTON, N.J. - State lawmakers in New Jersey plan to introduce a resolution calling on President Barack Obama and Congress to urge Cuba to return a woman who gunned down a state trooper in 1973.
 
Sens. Sean Kean, R-Wall, and Fred Madden, D-Turnersville, say Obama's move to ease sanctions against Cuba is an opportunity to bring back Joanne Chesimard.
 
The Black Liberation Army member was convicted of shooting Trooper Werner Foerster as he lay on the ground. She fled to Cuba after escaping prison in 1979 and is now known as Assata Shakur.
 
The U.S. Justice Department has offered a $1 million reward for her capture.
 
Cuban leader Fidel Castro in 2005 appeared to defend Shakur without naming her.