On May 2, 1973, activist Assatta Olugbala Shakur (born Joanne Chesimard) and two members from the Black Liberation Army, were reportedly pulled over by NJ state troopers for a motor vehicle violation. Various accounts have been told, but according to the FBI’s official website:
Chesimard and her accomplices opened fire on the troopers. One trooper was wounded and the other was shot and killed execution-style at point-blank range. Chesimard fled the scene, but was subsequently apprehended. One of her accomplices was killed in the shoot-out and the other was also apprehended and remains in jail.
40 years after being convicted of murder and 34 years after escaping from prison, the Federal Bureau of Investigations has added the 65 year-old to their “Most Wanted Terrorists” list — making her first woman ever to make the list and the second domestic terrorist to be added.
According to their official website, “the FBI is offering a reward of up to $1,000,000″ to anyone who gives information that leads to an arrest.
ASSATA IN HER OWN WORDS
Independent and progressive news outlet, Democracy Now! has uploaded a 1998 recording of Assata to their sound cloud account, where Shakur shares her story and addresses the injustices in America. Listen to it above.