Why aren’t we surprised?
The member of the Black Panther Party who killed the New Jersey State trooper in 1973 has been set free.
The NY Supreme Court, in a 3-2 decision, allowed the 85-year-old Saudiata Acoli to be set free.
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This criminal was previously denied parole in 8 hearings, but now, dementia has kicked in, and he will be set free for the first time in 49 years.
— New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) May 11, 2022
“Did not present a substantial likelihood to reoffend.” How about concentrating on the original offense that he committed in taking an officer’s life? And no, 50 years isn’t long enough of a punishment.https://t.co/eLM0pLQXyJ
— James Plowman (@plowmanj3) May 11, 2022
New York Post has more details:
A former Black Panther who was convicted of murdering a New Jersey State trooper 49 years ago will soon be sprung on parole.
New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 3-2 to allow 85-year-old Sundiata Acoli, the Black Liberation Army activist who killed Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973, to go free.
Acoli, who has dementia, plans to live with his daughter in Brooklyn when let out, reports say.
Acoli had appeared before the parole board eight times since 1993 — when he became eligible for parole on his lifetime prison sentence.
“In light of Acoli’s verbal renunciation of violence as an acceptable way to achieve social change; more than two decades infraction-free in the federal prison system; the multitude of programs and counseling sessions he completed; his honor status as an inmate; his acquisition of vocational skills; and his advanced age, it is difficult to imagine what else might have persuaded the board that Acoli did not present a substantial likelihood to reoffend,” wrote Justice Barry Albin in the ruling.
“Upon hearing of the Supreme Court decision to release Sundiata Acoli, I immediately called Trooper Werner Foerster’s widow who is as devastated and disappointed by this decision as I am For full story: https://t.co/f8kW2v7xBo pic.twitter.com/hM5vMJBCfr
— NJSP – State Police (@NJSP) May 10, 2022