Whether Assata Shakur is labeled a terrorist is not important [“Is this woman a terrorist?,” Style, May 9]. Most Americans believe in the American judicial system. Ms. Shakur was arrested at the scene where New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster was killed. She was convicted and sentenced for her crime.
She was a member of the Black Liberation Army (BLA) — a group whose members had killed other police officers. That group today would be a terrorist organization, despite what it was called in the 1970s. The article noted that the BLA was involved in bombings, hijackings and violent confrontations with law enforcement. In 1981, it robbed an armored car and killed two police officers and a guard.
Anyone killed by a terrorist — whether nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001, or one on the side of the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973 — deserves justice. Ms. Shakur had her day in court. She was convicted, but time seems to have turned her into a hero to some. She is not a hero.
Heroes are not terrorists. They are people like Trooper Werner Foerster.
Richard Marquise, Springfield