RE: Cuba Relations – Harboring of Fugitive Cop-Killers (Chesimard)

March 28, 2017

The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500

RE: CUBA RELATIONS – HARBORING OF FUGITIVE COP-KILLERS (CHESIMARD)

Dear President Trump:

We at the State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey represent the interests of approximately 8,000 NJ Troopers since our founding in 1921, which includes active, retired, deceased, and the Seventy NJ State Troopers who paid the ultimate price of being killed in the line of duty.

There is no doubt that the Castro regime has a long history of repression, despotism and brutality that has forced countless Cubans to seek refuge in the U.S. in search of a better life. We share your view that restoring diplomatic relations without a clear commitment from the Cuban government of the steps they will take to reverse decades of human rights violations will not result in a better and more just Cuba for its people. We believe there is an opportunity for Cuba and its government to show the American people and the citizens of the State of New Jersey, it is serious about change.

The Cuban government has been providing safe haven to convicted murderer Joanne Chesimard, a woman designated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a domestic terrorist, and the first woman ever placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List.

In New Jersey, Joanne Chesimard is notorious for her role in the cold-blooded execution-style killing of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, Badge #2608, and seriously wounding New Jersey State Trooper James Harper, Badge #2108. On May 2, 1973, Chesimard, Clark Squire and Zayd Shakur were pulled over on the New Jersey Turnpike by Troopers Foerster and Harper for a motor vehicle violation. Chesimard and both men in the car were armed with semi-automatic handguns, and possessed fictitious identification. During the motor vehicle stop, Chesimard initiated a gun battle, wounding Trooper Harper. In the shootout that followed, Chesimard’s weapon was used to shoot Trooper Foerster in the abdomen and then, as he lay incapacitated on the ground, Trooper Foerster’s own weapon was used against him and he was brutally executed with two bullets to the head.

Chesimard was convicted in 1977 of first-degree murder and a number of other charges stemming from this horrific incident and sentenced to life in prison. Chesimard, aided and abetted by armed accomplices, escaped from a NJ prison in 1979 and has been a fugitive from justice ever since. It is believed that she moved to Cuba in 1984 and has, since that time, lived freely there, attending government functions and being provided with housing, food, transportation and security by the Cuban government.

A long history of bipartisan support exists for the need to bring this convicted murderer back to the United States so she can be made to serve the prison time she was sentenced to more than thirty-seven years ago. A few important points to consider:

  • In 1998, the US. House of Representatives passed Concurrent Resolution 254 by a vote of 371-0 requesting that the Cuban government return Chesimard to the United States;

  • In 1998, the US. Senate passed Concurrent Resolution 254 by unanimous consent requesting that the Cuban government return Chesimard to the United States;

  • In 2005, the Department of Justice approved an increase in the reward for Chesimard’s capture to $1 million; and

  • In 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation placed Chesimard on its Most Wanted Terrorist List, designated her as a “domestic terrorist” and increased the reward for her capture to $2 million.

Cuba’s provision of safe harbor to Chesimard by providing political asylum to a convicted cop killer, and her ability to elude justice, is an affront to every resident of our state, our country, and in particular, the men and women of the New Jersey State Police, who have tirelessly tried to bring this killer back to justice.

We urge you to demand the inunediate return of Chesimard before any further consideration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government. In addition, there certainly can be no review of Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism until Joanne Chesimard, a person designated by the FBI as a domestic terrorist, is returned to the United States.

If Cuba is serious about embracing democratic principles then this action would be an essential step. We urge you to engage with the Cuban government to get this resolved, as we are very disappointed with President Obama’s tenure, in that returning a convicted killer of a State Trooper was not already demanded and accomplished in the context of the steps he announced regarding this despotic dictatorship.

The family of her victims, like so many of those who have, and continue to suffer under the Castro regime, deserve this basic human decency before further steps towards Cuba are taken by the U.S.

Enclosed is my written 2015 statement for the House Foreign Affairs Hearing on Human Rights Cuba.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Burgos, President
New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association
President@stfa.org


March 28, 2017

The Honorable Jefferson B. Sessions III
Attorney General of the United States
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001

RE: CUBA RELATIONS-HARBORING OF FUGITIVE COP-KILLERS {CHESIMARD)

Dear General Sessions:

We at the State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey represent the interests of approximately 8,000 NJ Troopers since our founding in 1921, which includes active, retired, deceased, and the Seventy NJ State Troopers who paid the ultimate price of being killed in the line of duty.

There is no doubt that the Castro regime has a long history of repression, despotism and brutality that has forced countless Cubans to seek refuge in the U.S. in search of a better life. We share your view that restoring diplomatic relations without a clear commitment from the Cuban government of the steps they will take to reverse decades of human rights violations will not result in a better and more just Cuba for its people. We believe there is an opportunity for Cuba and its government to show the American people and the citizens of the State of New Jersey, it is serious about change.

The Cuban government has been providing safe haven to convicted murderer Joanne Chesimard, a woman designated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a domestic terrorist, and the first woman ever placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List.

In New Jersey, Joanne Chesimard is notorious for her role in the cold-blooded execution-style killing of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, Badge #2608, and seriously wounding New Jersey State Trooper James Harper, Badge #2108. On May 2, 1973, Chesimard, Clark Squire and Zayd Shakur were pulled over on the New Jersey Turnpike by Troopers Foerster and Harper for a motor vehicle violation. Chesimard and both men in the car were armed with semi-automatic handguns, and possessed fictitious identification. During the motor vehicle stop, Chesimard initiated a gun battle, wounding Trooper Harper. In the shootout that followed, Chesimard’s weapon was used to shoot Trooper Foerster in the abdomen and then, as he lay incapacitated on the gronnd, Trooper Foerster’s own weapon was used against him and he was brutally executed with two bullets to the head.

Chesimard was convicted in 1977 of first-degree murder and a number of other charges stemming from this horrific incident and sentenced to life in prison. Chesimard, aided and abetted by armed accomplices, escaped from a NJ prison in 1979 and has been a fugitive from justice ever since. It is believed that she moved to Cuba in 1984 and has, since that time, lived freely there, attending government functions and being provided with housing, food, transportation and security by the Cuban government.

A long history of bipartisan support exists for the need to bring this convicted murderer back to the United States so she can be made to serve the prison time she was sentenced to more than thirty-seven years ago. A few important points to consider:

  • In 1998, the US. House of Representatives passed Concurrent Resolution 254 by a vote of371-0 requesting that the Cuban government return Chesimard to the United States;

  • In 1998, the US. Senate passed Concurrent Resolution 254 by unanimous consent requesting that the Cuban government return Chesimard to the United States;

  • In 2005, the Department of Justice approved an increase in the reward for Chesimard’s capture to $1 million; and

  • In 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation placed Chesimard on its Most Wanted Terrorist List, designated her as a ” domestic terrorist” and increased the reward for her capture to $2 million.

Cuba’s provision of safe harbor to Chesimard by providing political asylum to a convicted cop killer, and her ability to elude justice, is an affront to every resident of our state, our country, and in particular, the men and women of the New Jersey State Police, who have tirelessly tried to bring this killer back to justice.

We urge you work with President Trump to demand the immediate return of Chesimard before any further consideration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government. In addition, there certainly can be no review of Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism until Joanne Chesimard, a person designated by the FBI as a domestic terrorist, is returned to the United States.

If Cuba is serious about embracing democratic principles then this action would be an essential step. We urge you to engage with the Cuban government to get this resolved, as we are very disappointed with President Obama’s administration, in that returning a convicted killer of a State Trooper was not already demanded and accomplished in the context of the steps he announced regarding this despotic dictatorship.

The family of her victims, like so many of those who have, and continue to suffer under the Castro regime, deserve this basic human decency before further steps towards Cuba are taken by the U.S.

Enclosed is my written 2015 statement for the House Foreign Affairs Hearing on Human Rights Cuba.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Burgos, President
New Jersey State Troopers Fraternal Association
President@stfa.org


STATEMENT
OF
CHRISTOPHER J BURGOS
PRESIDENT
STATE TROOPERS FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY, INC.

WRITTEN TESTIMONY
Subcommittee on Global Human Rights
House Foreign Affairs Committee
February 5th2015
Hearing on Human Rights Cuba

Chairman Smith and Members of the Committee,

Thank you for the invitation and the opportunity to submit my written testimony concerning Cuba relations and our concerns that Cuba harbors a convicted murderer of a New Jersey State Trooper, and other fugitives of the United States Justice System.

I am a twenty-nine year active veteran enlisted State Trooper with the New Jersey State Police (NJSP). I have been assigned to areas of patrol duties in many areas of our State, and have had the honor to work alongside other State Troopers who lived through the tragic events of May 2nd1973 on the New Jersey Turnpike. I have served as an elected Officer of my Association since 1999, and continue to serve as Association President since January 1st, 2012. In my capacity we have maintained a constant dialog on matters of mutual concern with our elected representatives at all levels. We have shared our experiences and concerns with State Troopers and Highway Patrolman all across the United States, as an active member of the National Troopers Coalition (NTC).

We at the State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey (STFA NJ) represent the interests of almost 8,000 New Jersey State Troopers, going back to the founding of the NJSP in 1921, under the leadership and guidance of our first appointed NJSP Superintendent, Colonel H. Norman Schwarzkopf, a West Point graduate and U.S. Army Colonel at that time.

Our sphere of advocacy includes all active, retired, deceased, and the Sixty­ Seven New Jersey State Troopers who paid the ultimate price of being killed in the line of duty. Part of our mission is to never forget and always remember the sacrifices given on behalf of our Great State and Nation.

The country of Cuba and the Castro regime have a long history of repression of human rights, despotism and brutality that has forced countless Cubans to seek refuge in the United States of America, in search of freedom and a better life. We believe that restoring diplomatic relations, without a clear commitment from the Cuban government of the steps they will take to reverse decades of human rights violations, will not result in a better and more just Cuba for its people.

At this juncture in re-establishing diplomatic relations, we believe there is an opportunity for Cuba and its government to show the American people and the citizens of the State of New Jersey it is serious about change.

The Cuban government has been providing safe haven to a Cop-Killer, convicted murderer Joanne Chesimard, a woman designated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a domestic terrorist, and the first woman ever placed on the FBl’s “Most Wanted” Terrorist List.

In New Jersey, Joanne Chesimard is notorious for her role in the cold­ blooded execution-style · killing of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, Badge #2608, and seriously wounding New Jersey State Trooper James Harper, Badge #2108. On May 2nd 1973, Chesimard, Clark Squire and Zayd Shakur were pulled over on the New Jersey Turnpike by Troopers Foerster and Harper for a motor vehicle violation.

Chesimard and both men in the car were armed with semi-automatic handguns, and possessed fictitious identification. During the motor vehicle stop, Chesimard initiated a gun battle, wounding Trooper James Harper.

In the shootout that followed, Chesimard’s weapon was used to shoot Trooper Werner Foerster in the abdomen and then, as he lay incapacitated on the ground, Trooper Foerster’s own weapon was used against him and he was brutally executed with two bullets to the head.

Chesimard was convicted in 1977 of first-degree murder and a number of other charges stemming from this brutally horrific incident and sentenced to life in prison. Chesimard, aided and abetted by armed accomplices, escaped from a New Jersey prison in 1979 and has been a fugitive from justice ever since. It is believed that she moved to Cuba in 1984 and has, since that time, lived freely there, attending government functions and being provided with housing, food, transportation and around the clock security by the Cuban government.

A long history of bipartisan support exists for the need to bring this convicted murderer back to the United States so she can be made to serve the prison time she was sentenced to, more than Thirty-Seven years ago. A few important points to consider:

  • In 1998, the US. House of Representatives passed Concurrent Resolution 254 by a vote of 371-0 requesting that the Cuban government return Chesimard to the United States;
  • In 1998, the US. Senate passed Concurrent Resolution 254 by unanimous consent requesting that the Cuban government return Chesimard to the United States;
  • In 2005, the Department of Justice approved an increase in the reward for Chesimard’s capture to $1 million; and
  • In 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation placed Chesimard on its Most Wanted Terrorist List, designated her as a “domestic terrorist” and increased the reward for her capture to $2 million, which stands to this day

Cuba’s provision of safe harbor to Chesimard by providing political asylum to a convicted cop killer, and her ability to elude justice, is an affront to every resident of our state, our country, and in particular, the men and women of the New Jersey State Police, who have tirelessly tried to bring this fugitive back to justice.

We urge you to demand and include the immediate return of Chesimard before any further consideration of restoration of diplomatic relations with the Cuban government. In addition, there certainly can be no review of Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism until Joanne Chesimard, a person designated by the FBI as a domestic terrorist, is returned to the United States of America.

If, as the White House asserts, Cuba is serious about embracing democratic principles then this action would be an essential first step. We ask to use this opportunity to engage with the Cuban government to get this resolved. We are shocked and very disappointed that returning a convicted killer of a State

Trooper was not already demanded and accomplished in the context of the steps announced by the White House regarding this despotic dictatorship.

In closing, the family of her victims, like so many of those who have, and continue to suffer under the Castro regime in Cuba, deserve this basic human decency before further steps towards Cuba are taken by the United States of America.

Thank you once again for allowing us to submit this written testimony to the Committee for consideration and inclusion in the record.

RE: Cuba Relations – Harboring of Fugitive Cop-Killers (Chesimard)

Governor Christie is very angry that we will have “stupid” judges…

Subject: PRESS RELEASE

Governor Christie is very angry that we will have “stupid” judges without immediate pay raises, and tells lies that all public employee union workers got 2% raises every year since he has been Governor. Not only is it a bald faced lie, he and his administration have fought us tooth and nail to take away as much as possible from the public workforce, drastically reducing take home pay for public workers, and rank and file state troopers. Troopers have not seen a raise in 6 years, contribute 30% of expensive health care premiums set by the State, and the Governors office demanded a 20% reduction in troopers compensation during his term. NO 2% raises here, we can tell you that as a fact! The truth is all ZERO’S across the board and wage freezes. We are not surprised by the anger, lies, and bully tactics used. His so called support for law enforcement is a farce, you can take that to the bank. 2018 can’t come soon enough to all that have had to feel and deal with the wrath of the “constituency of one” self-serving occupant of the State House. We will continue to fulfill our oath with the utmost professionalism, with honor, duty and fidelity, to the citizens of New Jersey and those visiting or traveling through our great State.

Christopher J Burgos
President
State Troopers Fraternal Association of NJ, Inc.
www.stfa.org
www.stfafoundation.org

Governor Christie is very angry that we will have “stupid” judges…

Press Release on Fidel Castro Death

Upon digesting the news of his demise, we strongly urge President-elect Trump to reverse the shameful White House policy of friendship with a despotic government, allowing convicted US fugitives, most notably Joanne Chesimard, to be harbored and given safe haven in Cuba. The murderer of Trooper Werner Foerster belongs back on US soil to face justice.

Christopher J Burgos
President
State Troopers Fraternal Association of NJ, Inc.
www.stfa.org

Pete J Stilianessis
President
State Troopers NCO Association of NJ
www.nco1921.org

Press Release on Fidel Castro Death

ALERT: Tourists Going to Cuba

March 17, 2016

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

RE: MARCH 2016 CUBA VISIT- BRING U.S. FUGITIVES HOME TO FACE JUSTICE

Dear Mr. President,

Collectively, we, the tens of thousands of law enforcement officers in the New York and New Jersey region, and our families, implore you to use your executive powers to return U.S. fugitives home to face justice. We plan to alert tourists and visitors going to Cuba to be careful, and watch for the following dangerous individuals wanted by the FBI and local law enforcement for terrorism related crimes against U.S. citizens:

JOANNE CHESIMARD: Convicted of murdering a New Jersey State Trooper and seriously wounding another Trooper in 1973. Given safe haven in Cuba since the mid 1980’s. REWARD is $2 Million.

CHARLIE HILL: Involved in the murder of a New Mexico State Trooper and hijacking of a TWA plane. A known member of a militant group. Harbored in Cuba since the early 1970’s.

WILLIAM MORALES: Convicted bomb maker which killed and maimed dozens of innocent people in the 1970’s. Protected by Cuban government since the late 1980’s. REWARD: $100,000.

VICTOR GERENA: Wanted for role in $7 Million heist that supported anti-U.S. organizations. Living safely in Cuba since the mid 1980’s. REWARD; $1 Million.

Our message to tourists and visitors is to please contact the U.S. Embassy and immediately report their location to assist in the return to U.S. soil to face long overdue justice.

It is our continued mission to ensure that these individuals cannot rest easy, and know that we will not give up on making sure the long arm of justice is served wherever they may be hiding.

Yours sincerely,

National Troopers Coalition (NTC) -Andrew Matthews, Chairman

Northeast Regional Traapers Coalition (NERTC} – Thomas Brackin, Chairman

State Troopers NCOA of New Jersey {STNCOA NJ} – Pete Stilianessis, President

State Troopers SOA of New Jersey {STSOA NJ} – Harry Wolansky, President

New Jersey State Policeman’s Benevolent Association (NJ PBA}- Patrick Colligan, President

NY/NJ Port Authority Policeman’s Benevolent Association (PANYNJ PBA)-Paul Nunziato, President

National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO}- Mick McHale, President

New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association {NYSTPBA) – Thomas Mungeer, President

State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey (STFA NJ)- Christopher Burgos, President

ALERT: Tourists Going to Cuba

Statement Re: NJ Supreme Court Decison, Clark Edward Squire.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

We applaud the majority Supreme Court decison today that keeps a convicted cop killer behind bars, and makes clear that the Appellate Court went well beyond reason in denying the full parole process to be completed. To have allowed this murderer to roam free, who to this day, claims no knowledge of the heinous acts committed in 1973 with the cold blooded killing of NJ State Trooper Werner Foerster and aggravated shooting of NJ State Trooper James Harper, and was at the side of fugitive Joanne Chesimard on the NJ Turnpike at that time, would have been a travesty of justice and another slap in the face to the law enforcement community and the victims of these crimes. We will follow the remanded parole process closely going forward, so that all affected can have their voice heard and keep the likes of Squire locked up and away from a civil society, for the rest of his life, as it should be.

Christopher J Burgos
President
State Troopers Fraternal Association of NJ, Inc
www.stfa.org
732-528-6388

Statement Re: NJ Supreme Court Decison, Clark Edward Squire.

Letter to President Obama regarding Planned Cuba visit.

February 18, 2016

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

RE: PLANNED CUBA VISIT WITH CASTRO REGIME – BRING U.S. FUGITIVES HOME TO FACE JUSTICE

Dear Mr. President,

Upon hearing of your planned trip to Cuba and meeting with the Castro regime dictatorship in March of 2016, I must remind you that what has been forgotten by you and your administration, is that dozens and dozens of U.S. fugitives of justice remain harbored in Cuba, given safe haven by this regime. I implore you to demand the return of these fugitives to U.S. soil to face justice, including one of America’s Most Wanted, Joanne Chesimard, a convicted murderer of NJ State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973She has yet to serve out her full sentence for this brutal crime, and it is only righi that Chesimard, as well as the others being protected by the Cuban regime be returned, before the store is given away. Perhaps United Airlines or one of the other commercial carriers that are eagerly awaiting to profit from anticipated flights to and from Havana, could offer to fly these fugitives back to the U.S. as a favor to the American citizens and the victims that have been slapped in the face over and over with the conduct of the Castro regime, providing cover for these despicable human beings. It is with great disappointment to date that you have given the Castro dictatorship priority, while those that uphold the constitution, enforce the rule of law and our rights are ignored here at home. You have the power to change that, bring thoseU.S. fugitives and Chesimard back home to face justice!

Very Truly Yours,

Christopher J Burgos
President
State Troopers Fraternal Association of NJ, Inc.
President@stfa.org

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Letter to President Obama regarding Planned Cuba visit.

Letter to PANYNJ Director and Board of Comissioners regarding flights to Cuba.

February 17, 2016

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Corporate Offices
4 World Trade Center
150 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007

RE: UNITED AIRLINES INTENT TO USE PANYNJ FACILITIES IN NY AND NJ FOR FLIGHTS TO CUBA

Dear Executive Director Foye and the Board of Commissioners:

DATELINE: ” CHICAGO, Feb. 16, 2016 — United Airlines today applauded the historic signing by representatives of the United States and Cuba governments of a formal arrangement to reinstitute air service between the two countries. United intends to apply to offer service between some of its global gateways and Havana through the Department of Transportation ‘s pending route case. Assuming service is approved, United customers will benefit from United’s expanded global route network and new opportunities for leisure and business travel to Cuba. 

I write this letter with great concern that among all of this grand business and economic talk of the advantages to improved relations with the Castro regime, that the fact being lost in the discussion is that to this day, the Cuban government gives safe haven to dozens and dozens of fugitives from U.S. justice. It appears to me that these fugitive offenders are of no consequence to the White House and business leadership here at home, and that only potential huge profits and the salivating of big revenue by corporate leadership and stockholders is the priority. I need to remind all that NJ/US fugitive from justice Joanne Chesimardwho is convicted of the murder of NJ State Trooper Werner Foerster on the NJ Turnpike in 1973is being harbored in Cuba by the Castro regime, and that all discussions of her return to the US, along with the other fugitives, have fallen on deaf ears. All I keep hearing from officials at the local and national level is that Cuba doesn’ t want to discuss her return, that it’ s off the table, and basically, it’ s all about the money and economy for all concerned.

We strongly oppose any request or approval of United Airlines, or any other airline, a permit to use NJ Port Authority airports to fly back and forth to a country, such as Cuba, that has openly slapped all Americans in the face with their policy of keeping US fugitives away and safe from the reach of US justice.

We respectfully request that you take this letter and our position into consideration on this matter, and we thank you in advance for your time. I am available for additional comments and/or answers to any questions that may arise.

Very Truly Yours,

Christopher J Burgos

President
State Troopers Fraternal Association of NJ, Inc.
2634 Highway 70
Manasquan, NJ 08736
www.stfa.org
Ph/732-528-6388
Fx/732-223-4947
President@stfa.org

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Cc: NY Office of the Governor

Letter to PANYNJ Director and Board of Comissioners regarding flights to Cuba.

NTC Letter to Pepsie CEO regarding Super Bowl 50 half-time show.

February 17, 2016

Mrs. Indra Nooyi
Chairman and Chief Executive Offlicer of PepsiCo Inc
700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577

Dear Chairman Nooyi:

I am writing on behalf of the National Troopers Coalition, which represents the nation’s 45,000 State Troopers about the poor decision by the National Football League to air a pro-Black Panther, anti-law enforcement protest as part of its halftime show during Super Bowl 50.

It is well-documented the violence suffered by police officers at the hands of armed members of the Black Panthers during the 60s, 70s and 80s. In recent years, calls by various hate groups were made to take violent action against police officers. And today, our Troopers and other members of law enforcement are being brutally murdered for simply wearing their uniforms. In 2014, according to FBI records, over 48,000 law enforcement officers were assaulted and 51 officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty. These officers were carrying out their sworn duty to protect the public, but instead were killed responding to disturbance calls, attempting to arrest criminals, during traffic stops and, mostly horrifically, in premeditated ambushes, including two members of the New York Police Department, who were sitting in their parked cruiser when a man walked up and fatally shot them both.

This is why we find it puzzling and shameful that the NFL would provide a world-wide stage to highlight a movement that emphasizes violence against law enforcement. These are the same men and women in uniform who stood on the sidelines protecting the players, coaches, performers and all other personnel involved in safely executing Super Bowl 50 and every NFL game leading up to it. We found your pro-Black Panther half time performance to be dishonorable and offensive.

At this time, we ask that you issue a public apology to the nation’s law enforcement for your reprehensible half time show and the violence it promoted.

Respectfully,

Andrew Matthews, Esq.
Chairman

NTC Letter to Pepsie CEO regarding Super Bowl 50 half-time show.

NTC Letter to NFL Commissioner Goodell regarding Super Bowl 50 half-time show.

February 17, 2016

Roger Goodell
Commissioner
National Football League
345 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10154

Dear Commissioner Goodell:

I am writing on behalf of the National Troopers Coalition, which represents the nation’s 45,000 State Troopers about the poor decision by the National Football League to air a pro-Black Panther, anti-law enforcement protest as part of its halftime show during Super Bowl 50.

It is well-documented the violence suffered by police officers at the hands of armed members of the Black Panthers during the 60s, 70s and 80s. In recent years, calls by various hate groups were made to take violent action against police officers. And today, our Troopers and other members of law enforcement are being brutally murdered for simply wearing their uniforms. In 2014, according to FBI records, over 48,000 law enforcement officers were assaulted and 51 officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty. These officers were carrying out their sworn duty to protect the public, but instead were killed responding to disturbance calls, attempting to arrest criminals, during traffic stops and, mostly horrifically, in premeditated ambushes, including two members of the New York Police Department, who were sitting in their parked cruiser when a man walked up and fatally shot them both.

This is why we find it puzzling and shameful that the NFL would provide a world-wide stage to highlight a movement that emphasizes violence against law enforcement. These are the same men and women in uniform who stood on the sidelines protecting the players, coaches, performers and all other personnel involved in safely executing Super Bowl 50 and every NFL game leading up to it. We found your pro-Black Panther half time performance to be dishonorable and offensive.

At this time, we ask that you issue a public apology to the nation’s law enforcement for your reprehensible half time show and the violence it promoted.

Respectfully,

Andrew Matthews, Esq.
Chairman

NTC Letter to NFL Commissioner Goodell regarding Super Bowl 50 half-time show.

NJ State Troopers Associations strongly support the nomination of Bergen Co. Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal for Attorney General

NJ Troopers Assoc. (@STFA_NJ) tweeted at 11:34 AM on Tue, Dec 12, 2017:
The NJ State Troopers Associations strongly support the nomination of Bergen Co. Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal for Attorney General. Prosecutor Grewal’s professionalism, record of accomplishments, knowledge & experience bring a highly qualified nominee to lead the NJ Dept of L&PS
(https://twitter.com/STFA_NJ/status/940620864332103680?s=09)

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Chris J Burgos
President

NJ State Troopers Associations strongly support the nomination of Bergen Co. Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal for Attorney General