The organizers of January's "Women's March" in Washington, D.C., wished a happy birthday to a convicted cop killer who has been hiding out in Cuba. Joanne Chesimard, then 26, was convicted of the murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1977. Chesimard, a member of the Black Panther Party from Jamaica, N.Y., later changed her name to Assata Olugbala Shakur. "Happy birthday to the revolutionary #AssataShakur!" the Women's March group's tweet read. -- Women's March: “Happy birthday to the revolutionary #AssataShakur! Today's #SignOfResistance, in Assata's honor, is by @Meloniousfunk.” The tweet was accompanied by a colorful rendering of Chesimard.
On May 2, 1973, Foerster was assisting a fellow trooper who had pulled over a car in Middlesex County, N.J. that had been speeding on the Turnpike. Officer James Harper pulled over the car carrying at least two people - Chesimard and another Black Panther leader - near the NJ Rte 18/US-1 exit in New Brunswick. Harper was wounded and Foerster was killed when Chesimard and others began shooting, according to the New York Times. Chesimard was captured and convicted, but later escaped from prison in 1979. She fled to Cuba where she has been living since 1984, under presumed protection by the Castro regime.
President Trump, Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) recently demanded that dictator Raul Castro extradite Chesimard to New Jersey. During President Obama's 2014 negotiations with Cuba, Rep. Rodney Freylingheusen (R-N.J.) unsuccessfully insisted the deal include Chesimard's return.