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Thursday, April 23, 2009

SFPD to Interview Former FBI Informant on Bill Ayers' Connection to 1970 Police Killing

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 4:13 PM

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The San Francisco Police Department plans to interview a former FBI informant who infiltrated the Weather Underground about the radical group's alleged ties to the lethal 1970 bombing of a city

police station, according to the informant.

Larry Grathwohl -- who has asserted that he heard Weather Underground founder Bill Ayers place responsibility for the bombing on his wife, Bernadine Dohrn -- said during a press conference that he will be interviewed for the first time Friday as part of the SFPD's ongoing investigation of the four-decade-old incident. Police Sgt. Wilfred Williams said he could not confirm or deny that Grathwohl would be interviewed because the case is still active.

Ayers is now an education professor in Chicago. His wife is a lawyer. The pair was indicted decades ago in connection with a bomb explosion that killed several members of the Weather Underground, but the charges were dropped. Ayers has denied having any hand in the 1970 bombing of the Park Police Station in San Francisco, which injured eight officers and killed Sgt. Brian McDonnell.

In February, the San Francisco Police Officers Association sent a letter

to the conservative organization America's Survival, Inc. stating that

there are "irrefutable and compelling reasons to believe that Bill

Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn, members of the terrorist group

'Weather Underground' are largely responsible for the bombing of the

Park Police Station and other police stations." America's Survival,

Inc. president Cliff Kincaid appeared alongside Grathwohl at the press conference in the Financial District today.

Ayers became a

focus of the 2008 presidential campaign because he ran in some of the

same Chicago circles as President Barack Obama. Speaking of those ties,

Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin accused Obama of "palling around with terrorists."

Photo   |   Jerome Phillips.

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