Common has been pulled from speaking at Kean University’s commencement in New Jersey.
The decision comes after New Jersey police took issue with the rap artist’s controversial song, “A Song For Assata.”
President of the State Troopers Fraternal Associaton of New Jersey, Chris Burgos said the state school’s choice was a slap in the face to law enforcement and was troubling coming from a taxpayer-funded organization.
The song portrays Joanne Chesimard, who was convicted of killing State Trooper James Harper in 1973, as a victim.
Chesimard, who now goes by Assata Shakur, escaped prison in 1979 and has been living as a fugitive in Cuba since the early 80s.
Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, Col. Rick Fuentes said it was more of a personal matter.
“She continues every day to flaunt her freedom in the face of this horrific crime. It’s an open wound for us,” said Fuentes.
Chesimard was the first woman added to a federal list of most-wanted terrorist in 2013.
The announcement to pull the Oscar-winning artist was made via social media on Monday before the university pulled it on Tuesday.
Kean University spokeswoman Susan Kayne said the announcement had been made prematurely and the school respects his talent even though it was looking for a different speaker.