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From Fox News:
Joanne Chesimard (Assata Shakur), who killed a New Jersey cop 40 years ago today, then escaped prison and fled to Cuba, has been labeled a terrorist and had a $2 million bounty put on her by the FBI, authorities said Thursday. Chesimard was serving a life term for killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 when she escaped prison. After hiding out in a New Jersey safe house for several years, Chesimard managed to flee in 1979 to Cuba, where she has been living for decades under the name Assata Shakur.”Joanne Chesimard is a domestic terrorist,” Aaron T. Ford, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Newark division, said at a press conference Thursday. “She absolutely is a threat to America.”
Chesimard, a member of the radical Black Liberation Army, shot and killed New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster execution-style on May 2, 1973, after she and two others were pulled over for a routine traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike, about an hour south of New York City.
Chesimard, 26 at the time, was already known by the FBI for her involvement in the Black Panther movement. She had changed her name to Shakur and was now a leader of the Black Liberation Army — one of the most violent militant black organizations of the 1970s. She was wanted in connection with a string of felonies, including bank robberies in New York.
After being pulled over by the troopers, Chesimard, who was in the passenger seat, pulled out her semi-automatic pistol and fired the first shot. The passenger in the rear seat, James Coston, then fired multiple shots before he was killed by trooper James Harper. As Harper sought cover, Chesimard stepped out of the car and continuously fired at both him and Foerster, who was engaged in hand-to-hand combat with Clark Squire, the driver.
Foerster was shot in the abdomen and right arm. According to police accounts, Chesimard picked up Foerster’s gun and put two bullets in his head, execution-style, as he lay along the side of the turnpike. Authorities say her jammed handgun was found next to Foerster’s body.
Chesimard, Coston and Squire fled and abandoned their car 5 miles down the road. It didn’t take long for police to locate the car and Coston, who was found dead near the vehicle. A half-hour after the shooting, state police arrested Chesimard. Squire was arrested a mile from the car about 40 hours after the incident.
Chesimard denied that she shot at anyone and claimed that the militant and cop-killer labels made her a target. But four years later, she was convicted of first-degree murder, assault and battery of a police officer, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to kill, illegal possession of a weapon and armed robbery.
On Nov. 2, 1979, Chesimard escaped from prison in New Jersey. Police believe a group of black and white domestic terrorists approached Chesimard while at a maximum security prison in West Virginia, but waited until she was transferred to a minimum security prison in New Jersey before plotting the escape.
Three members of the group who were visiting Chesimard ordered a corrections officer at gunpoint to open three gates that eventually led out of the prison. They escaped in a jail van.
Police say Chesimard was taken to a safe house in East Orange, N.J., where she hid for five years. In 1984 she surfaced in Cuba, where she was granted political asylum.
On the 40th anniversary of Foerster’s killing, the FBI announced that Chesimard has been placed on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorist List.” She is the first female to be placed on the list.
“She was a leader, activist and a soldier in the movement,” Ford said of Chesimard’s involvement in the Black Liberation Army, adding that authorities believe she has made connections over the years with other terrorist networks.
Col. Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, who spoke alongside Ford, said Chesimard continues to live safely in Cuba, where she “flaunts her freedom in the face of this horrific crime.”
“To this day, from her safe haven in Cuba, she been given the pulpit to preach and profess,” Fuentes said. “She has been used by the Castro regime to greet foreign delegations visiting Cuba.”
Jeffrey S. Chiesa, New Jersey’s Attorney General, announced that the reward for Chesimard’s capture has been doubled to $2 million.
“Justice has no expiration date … This killer continues to be free,” Chiesa said, adding that the FBI remains committed to bringing Chesimard back to the U.S.
Anyone with information that helps authorities capture Chesimard is urged to notify authorities at 1-800-IMA-SNITCH
Montreal police arrested 447 people last night during a May Day demonstration in Montreal organized by a group called the Anti-Capitalist Convergence, or CLAC.
Those arrested at the demonstration that coincided with International Workers’ Day were released over the course of the night and handed a $637 fine for unlawful assembly.
The noisy, colourful rally Wednesday was almost festive when it began early on the unseasonably warm evening.
Restaurant patrons watched from outdoor terraces as drummers, musicians and chanting, flag-waving demonstrators gathered in Place Jacques-Cartier.
However, police declared the gathering illegal shortly after it started under the controversial Montreal public order bylaw P-6. The bylaw makes it illegal to participate in an assembly with a face obscured by a scarf, hood or mask, and requires protesters to disclose to police in advance the location and itinerary of their demonstration.
Police said they issued a dispersal order, and also confirmed criminal acts, which consisted mainly of wielding sticks and throwing billiard balls at officers, were performed.
“It was getting dangerous for peace and safety and the public order,” said police Sgt. Jean-Bruno Latour.
Dozens of demonstrators tried to make their way to the march’s destination, a private club known by its street number, 357c.
Witnesses at Quebec’s inquiry into corruption in the construction industry have referred to the club in testimony as a meeting place for entrepreneurs, high-level bureaucrats and politicians to discuss business.
However, the demonstrators never reached the club.
Hundreds of police encircled the protesters at the intersection of de la Commune Street and St-Sulpice Street. They began herding — and in some cases, physically carrying — those detained into awaiting buses.
By 8 p.m., the police had wrapped up their operation.
The CLAC denounced the police intervention, saying they used disproportionate force against protesters.
Latour could not say if anyone would face criminal charges.
Unfortunately, as of this early hour the day after the night full of demonstrations and street skirmishes, the most complete write up of what happened is being presented by the Seattle Police Department. We do not endorse this report, nor do we believe that everything that is included is at all factual. The Seattle Police also reference flash-bang grenades, a dangerous weapon producing bright light and loud concussive explosions, as “blast balls”. Once a more complete, accurate, and honest reflection is posted from our comrades on the ground, we will share that as well. So, read this critically, understanding that the authors are clearly not on our side, while also understanding that unlike the Alex Jones wingnuts that permeate the blog-o-sphere, we understand that this is not some completely fictional account, and that our comrades definitely were on the offensive against the cops last night, and support them in their actions.
From the Seattle PD Blotter:
With the exception of a few minor scuffles between clowns and our local superheroes, the 13th Annual May Day March for Worker and Immigrant Rights was a complete success and went off without a hitch.
But two hours after that march ended, at about 6 pm, another group of demonstrators smashed windows, hurled rocks at officers and bystanders, souring an otherwise peaceful day.
Earlier in the day, police throughout downtown provided traffic control and security as thousands of people celebrated their First Amendment rights during the May Day March for Worker and Immigrant Rights.
Police were prepared to provide the same level of public safety service for a 6 o’clock demonstration, that began at Seattle Central Community College. The Capitol Hill march was unpermitted, and demonstrators did not provide the city with any information about which route the march would take through the city. According to a flyer, this march was advertised as the Anti-Capitalist/Anti-State May Day 2013 Rally and March.
Even without a permit, police worked to assist demonstrators as they marched down Broadway, providing traffic control.
The behavior of the group during the evening demonstration steadily escalated into violence. Just after 7 p.m., protestors began spraying the costumed Rain City Superheroes with silly string. Shortly after that, the window at Sun Liquor was smashed.
The march then wound its way downtown on Pike Street towards the Downtown Retail Core, where demonstrators began shoving and attacking reporters as they provided live on-air reports from the event.
Shortly after that, demonstrators ignited a smoke device, spewing orange pinkish smoke throughout the block.
After demonstrators began damaging property, throwing fireworks and rocks at officers, police formed a tactical line to prevent the marchers from moving any further into the retail core or on to the Interstate on-ramps.
After demonstrators began throwing metal rods and full water bottles at officers and business windows, officers moved in and made arrests.
When officers arrested several protesters and began loading them into transport vans, demonstrators surrounded the officers and prevented the vehicles from leaving.
Some demonstrators then began to throw large rocks and pieces of asphalt at officers.
In the interest of safety, police commanders issued clear orders to the crowd to disperse. The order was repeated three times.
Meanwhile, some demonstrators continued to hurl rocks, bottles, fireworks and a skateboard at officers.
Officers chose to deploy oleoresin capsicum, better known as OC pepper spray, to move the crowd.
It should be noted that all officers equipped with OC spray must be pepper sprayed during training before they are able to use OC in the field.
Officers gave demonstrators numerous opportunities to leave as police worked to clear downtown streets. However, a large group of demonstrators moved up Olive Way. Officers followed them using pepper spray and blast balls to keep the crowd moving.
Officers endured a barrage of rocks and bottles throughout the melee until the crowd finally did disperse around 9 p.m.
In all, 17 people were arrested for various offenses including property destruction and assault.
Eight officers sustained injuries, mostly bumps and bruises with the exception of one female officer who was struck in the knee by a fist sized rock.
A woman driving by the scene of one of the protests was injured when a protester hurled a glass bottle at her car, shattering her window. The woman sustained cuts from broken glass and was treated at the scene by medics.
Reports indicate limited damage to cars and business around the demonstration route. A complete tally of damage will be forthcoming.
The department will form a task force to investigate all criminal activity that occurred during the evening demonstration. Anyone with pictures or video clips is asked to save them.
The department will thoroughly review all force used by officers, per department policy.