2020 Democrats attend conference where tribute is paid to a convicted cop killer

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UPDATED 7:18 AM PT — Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A convicted cop killer recently received praise at a political conference in Washington, D.C., which was attended by eight Democrat White House hopefuls.

Monday’s ‘We the People Summit’ included speakers Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Beto O’Rourke among others. Members representing far-left organizations such as the Sierra Club, MoveOn and Planned Parenthood were also in attendance.

Independent presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the We the People Membership Summit, featuring the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, at the Warner Theater, in Washington, Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The audience was asked by a top official from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to repeat a quote by Assata Shakur. She was convicted of murdering a New Jersey state trooper back in 1973, but has since escaped from prison to live in Cuba.

“I will have you participate in repeating some words from a leader by the name of Assata Shakur,” said Jamal Watkins, Vice President of Civic Engagement for the NAACP. “It is our duty to fight for our freedom…it is our duty to win…we must love each other and respect each other…we have nothing to lose but our chains.”

Shakur was a member of the Black Liberation Army, and was the first woman to make the FBI’s most wanted list. Although none of the Democrat candidates personally expressed support for Shakur at the event, reports say she has been an influential figure on the left.

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