The FBI today added cop-killer Joanne Chesimard to its 10 most wanted terrorist list – on the 40th anniversary of her killing a New Jersey state trooper.
She’s the list’s first woman, a radical tied to members of the Brinks gang that killed two Nyack police officers and a armored car guard on Oct. 20, 1981.
Authorities have known where to find her for years – in Cuba – but can’t get her.
Chesimard, living under the name Assata Shakur, was a prominent member of the Black Liberation Army in 1973 when she shot and killed New Jersey state Trooper Werner Foerster during a traffic stop.
A jury convicted her of first-degree murder and seven other felony counts in 1977.
Before that conviction, between 1973 and 1977, Shakur was indicted in relation to six other criminal incidents, charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, bank robbery, and kidnapping. She received three acquittals and three dismissals.
She escape from a New Jersey prison in 1979, with the help of other self-professed revolutionaires, including Marilyn Jean Buck.
Buck was convicted of multiple murders in the killing of Nyack Sgt. Edward O’Grady and Officer Waverly “Chipper” Brown and Brinks guard Peter Paige on Oct. 20, 1981. She drove one of the getaway cars for the robbers – a combination of Black Liberation Army extremists and Weather Underground radicals from the 1960s.
Buck died in August 2010.
Chesimard has been living under the protection of Cuban President Fidel Castro’s communist government since 1984, when she received political asylum.
Since May 2, 2005, the FBI had classified her as a “domestic terrorist” and offered a $1 million reward for assistance in her capture. Attempts to extradite her have resulted in letters to the pope and a congressional resolution.
She is the step-aunt of the deceased hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur, the stepson of her brother Mutulu Shakur, who is considered the organizer of the Brinks robberies, including the one in Nanuet and Nyack.
“Joanne Chesimard is a domestic terrorist who murdered a law enforcement officer execution-style,” said Aaron T. Ford, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Newark Division. “Today, on the anniversary of Trooper Werner Foerster’s death, we want the public to know that we will not rest until this fugitive is brought to justice.”
Information concerning Chesimard are asked to contact the FBI’s tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI. Information can also be provided to the nearest FBI field office, American Embassy, or Consulate. A tip can also be submitted electronically at https://tips.fbi.gov.
Chesimard most wanted poster can be found on the FBI terrorists website