By James W. McMahon, IACP Deputy Executive Director
May 2, 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of the execution-style murder of New Jersey State Police (NJSP) Trooper Werner Foerster by radical, domestic terrorist Joanne Chesimard and several accomplices. She was sentenced to life in prison but subsequently escaped several years later being aided and abetted by other domestic terrorists. Since 1984, Chesimard has lived the life of luxury in Cuba.
Sadly, in our society, convicted cop killers like Chesimard are all too often made out to be some kind of hero or victim while the true hero or victim’s loved ones are forgotten by the media and advocacy groups. Thankfully, with Trooper Foerster, NJSP Colonel Rick Fuentes, the men and women of the NJSP, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have not forgotten; we acknowledge and appreciate their collective, relentless efforts to return Chesimard to face justice.
On this 40th anniversary of Trooper Foerster’s death, Colonel Fuentes and FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron Ford announced that Chesimard has been named to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list and the reward for information leading to her capture has been doubled to $2 million.
As we approach National Law Enforcement Week, may we never forget our fallen heroes, their loved ones, and their respective and collective sacrifice.