As reported in NJ.COM, The head of the New Jersey State Police, Colonel Rick Fuentes, renounced an agreement struck between the Obama administration and Cuba to share information on international criminal activity because it did not require the return of convicted cop killer Joanne Chesimard.
Some Republicans also renounced the deal partly because of objections to sharing sensitive information with the Castro regime and because it did not require the island nation to extradite high-profile U.S. fugitives it has been harboring.
Chesimard, who goes by Assata Shakur and was convicted for the 1973 killing of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. Chesimard later escaped prison and fled to Cuba, where she holds asylum status and maintains her innocence.
In a statement released on Thursday, Colonel Fuentes, who for years has led the campaign for Chesimard’s return to serve her murder sentence, expressed “bewilderment and confusion” at the agreement. The colonel criticized the deal for not requiring the return of Chesimard as well as fugitives Victor Luis Gerena, Charlie Hill and William Guillermo Morales.
“Their omission from this agreement and from the negotiations-at-large is so glaring as to signal a clear intent by the Obama administration to ignore these fugitives,” Fuentes said.
“By burning the last bridge to this administration’s opportunity to gain their negotiated return, families who have long suffered the consequences of their terrorist acts and law enforcement everywhere in this country have been shown the back of the hand.”
One last striking blow by the Obama Administration in its treatment of Law Enforcement Officers.