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Activists Group Promoted By ‘Squad’ Calls For Honoring Convicted Cop Killers

Washington, DC – A coalition that U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) and other members of “The Squad” have praised called on its members to honor the sacrifices of convicted cop killers and murderers last week.

The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) sent a text message to members of its broad coalition of groups that said “Black August is when we commemorate the lives of our fallen freedom fighters and political prisoners, prisoners of war, and exiles,” FOX News reported.

“We honor their sacrifice,” the text continued.

M3BL suggested members sign petitions for clemency for convicted cop killers Mutulu Shakur and Sundiata Acoli, FOX News reported.

Shakur, whose real name is Jeral Wayne Williams, was a Black Liberation Army leader who masterminded several armed robberies in Connecticut and New York, one of which resulted in the murders of two police officers and an armed guard in 1981.

Acoli, whose real name is Clark Edward Squire, was convicted of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster during a 1973 traffic stop with Joanne Chesimard, FOX News reported.

Chesimard, an FBI most-wanted terrorist, escaped prison and now goes by the name of Assata Shakur. She gained notoriety after the murder and escaped from prison in 1979 with the help of three gunmen, New Jersey Advance Media reported.

She has lived under political asylum in Cuba since at least 1984.

Over the years, Chesimard became “an inspiration to the radical, left-wing, anti-government black separatist movement,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Aaron Ford said in 2013.

The FBI and the New Jersey State Attorney General’s Office currently have a combined reward offer of $2 million for information leading to 71-year-old Chesimard’s capture.

Last summer, M4BL honored Chesimard during its “Black August” celebration, FOX News reported.

The group held a concert in August of 2020 to “support the liberation of our Freedom Fighters that are in Exile or Incarcerated like Assata Shakur.”

M4BL also asked people to “Text DEFEND to 90975 to stand with Assata Shakur and countless other political prisoners,” and invited Chesimard to join its coalition, FOX News reported.

The group’s website said it opposes the U.S.’s capitalist system and believe “prisons, police and all other institutions that inflict violence on Black people must be abolished and replaced by institutions that value and affirm the flourishing of Black lives.”

M4BL is a broad coalition of groups that has enjoyed enthusiastic accolades from left-wing lawmakers on multiple occasions, FOX News reported.

“The fight to #DefundThePolice won’t only happen in the streets. It’s also going to take place in city halls,” Ocasio-Cortez posted to her Facebook page in July of 2020. “The Working Families Party and the Electoral Justice Project of the Movement for Black Lives are coming together to launch the WFP Justice Fund — a new national PAC to advance the movement to defund the police and invest in Black and brown communities.”

“They will back elected leaders and candidates who will work for a new vision of public safety, and who will refuse to take money from police unions,” she continued, and then hit her followers up for a donation to the coalition.

U.S. Representatives Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) also committed their support to M4BL on Twitter.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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