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Forty years ago, Assata Olugbala Shakur (Tupac’s Aunt) formerly known as Joanne Chesimard murdered a New Jersey state trooper in a gun battle.

For this, Shakur is now named one of the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists making her the first woman history to be on the list.

(via The Associated Press:)

She continues to flaunt her freedom in the face of this horrific crime," State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes said at a news conference Thursday. Fuentes called the case "an open wound" for troopers in New Jersey and around the country.

The Justice Department has offered a $1 million reward for information leading to her capture. The additional money is being put up by the state of New Jersey through civil and criminal forfeiture funds and won't fall on taxpayers, state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said.

Chesimard, a member of the violent Black Liberation Army, was convicted of the 1973 murder of state trooper Werner Foerster during a traffic stop. The BLA was responsible for killing more than a dozen police officers in the 1970s and `80s, said agent Aaron Ford of the FBI's Newark division.

Shakur claims that the FBI’s COINTELPRO program is framing her for this crime. Either way, the government wants Shakur in custody.

New Jersey state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa had this to say about the situation. "Our resolve to capture Joanne Chesimard does not diminish with the passage of time. Instead, it grows stronger with the knowledge that this killer continues to be free. Our hope is the augmented reward will spur action that will bring Joanne Chesimard back to face the justice she has evaded for far too long."

There is a reward of $2 million for her capture.

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