LETTER – As U.S. Embassy Prepares to Open in Cuba, Rible Calls for the Return of Convicted Cop-Killer Joanne Chesimard

 On the day Cuba and U.S. officials announced a deal to open an American Embassy in the island nation as early as this month, Assembly Republican Conference Leader Dave Rible today renewed calls for the immediate extradition of convicted murderer Joanne Chesimard back to New Jersey.


“We have waited long enough to bring this cold-blooded killer to justice,” said Rible, R-Monmouth and Ocean. “Before we raise the American flag in Cuba, they should send Chesimard back to do her time.”


Chesimard, then a leader of the Black Liberation Army, was convicted in 1977 for the brutal execution of a New Jersey State Trooper on the Turnpike four years earlier. She escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba, where she has been hiding out for 26 years.


“If Obama wants normal relations with the Cuba, he should demand the return of this fugitive,” said Rible, a retired police officer. “In this case, justice has been delayed in no small part by the Cuban government. Now it is time for Joanne Chesimard to pay for her crimes.”


“Allowing this cop-killer to walk free for even one more day is a slap in the face to the State Police and every member of the law enforcement community who put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe,” added Rible.