Marquette University in Wisconsin has put up a mural that honors convicted cop-killer and current fugitive on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list Assata Shakur. Assata Shakur, whose real name is Joanne Deborah Chesimard, was convicted of 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 according to the FBI. A long-time darling of anti-establishment, far left-wing groups, Shakur recently regained fame among the likes of protesters in Baltimore who were wearing hooded sweatshirts with the phrase “Assata taught me” on them.
What would seem an inflammatory question to ask, but must now be asked, is whether or not Marquette University endorses the killing of law enforcement officers to affect some kind of societal change. As of this writing there has been no official response from the university on the outrageous mural that stands in the Marquette Gender and Sexuality Resource Center.
It’s one thing for uneducated, naive and possibly disaffected youth to do do something stupid like wear a ‘hoodie’ with an asinine message on it. It’s completely different for an institution of higher learning to honor someone who executed a law enforcement officer, at a time when assaults and killings of police officers are on the rise.
Mandela, MLK or the countless others who have fought oppression weren’t good enough for Marquette? They had to go with a cop-killer? The situation is disgusting, and whoever made the decision to allow this should be fired and the university should make a public apology along with a donation to one of the charities that benefit the families of fallen officers.
If there’s any doubt to who Assata Shakur is or what she actually did, you need only see the information put out by the FBI. From the Most Wanted Terrorists list:
“Joanne Chesimard is wanted for escaping from prison in Clinton, New Jersey, while serving a life sentence for murder. On May 2, 1973, Chesimard, who was part of a revolutionary extremist organization known as the Black Liberation Army, and two accomplices were stopped for a motor vehicle violation on the New Jersey Turnpike by two troopers with the New Jersey State Police. At the time, Chesimard was wanted for her involvement in several felonies, including bank robbery. 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.”
In 1977, Chesimard was found guilty 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. She was sentenced to life in prison. On November 2, 1979, Chesimard escaped from prison and lived underground before being located in Cuba in 1984. She is thought to currently still be living in Cuba.
She may wear her hair in a variety of styles and dress in African tribal clothing.