Assemblyman says Acoli’s release would be a great injustice
Assembly Republican Press Release -
Assembly Republican Conference Leader and former police officer Dave Rible said he was appalled to learn this week that a court ruling cleared the way for Sundiata Acoli, who was found guilty of murder in the 1973 shooting death of a New Jersey state trooper, to be released on parole.
“I am profoundly appalled at the mere thought that someone who committed such a heinous crime should be allowed to re-enter society, even after serving decades behind bars. Not only would his release be a great injustice to the family of Werner Foerster, it would also be an injustice to all law enforcement officers,” Assemblyman Rible said.
Assemblyman Rible also lauded the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s [FBI] efforts to capture Joanne Chesimard for her part in the 1973 murder by naming her one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists.
Chesimard and Acoli were both found guilty in connection with the death of Foerster while he was conducting a traffic stop along the New Jersey Turnpike. Chesimard escaped prison in 1979 and allegedly fled to Cuba, where she is believed to remain today.
“Law enforcement officers put their safety on the line every day while protecting and serving the public. As seen in the 1973 murder of Foerster, no traffic stop is routine. While justice was served with the guilty conviction of Acoli decades ago, we must ensure justice continues to be served by keeping him in prison where he belongs,” Assemblyman Rible said.