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S.F. police union accuses Ayers in 1970 bombing

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Leaders of San Francisco's police officers union have accused Weather Underground co-founder Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, of taking part in the 1970 bombing of a city police station that killed a sergeant.

The union leveled the charge in a letter to a conservative organization lobbying for arrests in the case, but said it had not been in contact with investigators and had no new evidence related to the bombing, which killed Sgt. Brian McDonnell.

Instead, the union cited information from a former Bay Area resident, Larry Grathwohl, who is working with the conservative group, America's Survival Inc. of Maryland. Grathwohl asserts that he infiltrated the Weather Underground as an FBI informant and heard Ayers confess to a role in the bombing.

Ayers has denied any involvement in the bombing and, in January, called Grathwohl a "paid dishonest person" in an interview with The Chronicle.

The union's accusation surprised some authorities. According to a source familiar with the probe, who spoke on condition of anonymity, investigators have found no evidence that links the Weather Underground to the bombing.

America's Survival is planning to hold a press conference today at the National Press Club in Washington to discuss the case and the union's letter.

"There are irrefutable and compelling reasons to believe that Bill Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn ... are largely responsible for the bombing of Park Police Station," the letter says.

The letter, dated Feb. 24, is signed by union President Gary Delagnes, Vice President Kevin Martin, Secretary Tony Montoya, Treasurer Martin Halloran and Sergeant at Arms Christopher Breen.

Ayers, an education professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, did not return a call Wednesday. Dohrn, a law professor at Northwestern University, was out of the country.

Martin said he wrote the letter after he was contacted a few weeks ago by Cliff Kincaid, the nonprofit group's president. Martin said he trusted Grathwohl, a Cincinnati resident who once lived in Castro Valley.

"It's coming directly from a person who had close, confidential conversations with Ayers and members of the Weather Underground," Martin said. "We have no reason to doubt his assertions."

Martin said the union wanted to "bring this case to attention, especially because Bill Ayers has been on a speaking tour. His actions have elicited this type of response."

The attack happened Feb. 16, 1970, when a bomb placed on a window ledge of Park Station at Waller Street and Kezar Drive killed McDonnell and injured eight other officers. The case got attention two years ago when prosecutors charged a group of alleged former Black Liberation Army members in the 1971 shooting at the Ingleside Station that killed Sgt. John Young.

A grand jury that investigated the Ingleside case in 2005 also looked at the Park Station bombing, but the results of the probe were not released. No one has ever been charged with McDonnell's death.

Grathwohl said Wednesday that he infiltrated the Weather Underground in late 1969, first at the urging of Cincinnati police and then at the direction of the FBI.

He said that in early 1970, Ayers visited him and other operatives in Buffalo, N.Y., and said Dohrn had been forced to plant the bomb at Park Station because others weren't active enough in committing violence. Ayers also knew the composition of the bomb and where it had been set, Grathwohl said.

The Weather Underground took responsibility for bombing the Pentagon and other buildings in the 1970s. Ayers and Dohrn were indicted in 1970 after a bomb blast killed three members in a New York City townhouse. Charges were later dropped because of misconduct by investigators.

Ayers became a lightning rod for conservatives during last year's presidential campaign, as some faulted Barack Obama for the two men's ties in Chicago education circles.

In addition to running America's Survival, Kincaid is the editor of a conservative organization called Accuracy in Media. He has attempted to link Obama to communism and socialism.

He also has views that might be considered extreme in San Francisco, such as calling for a "quit gay sex" campaign. "It appears that the homosexual lifestyle is as addictive as smoking," he once wrote.

Kincaid said he was not going after Ayers to hurt Obama, but added, "We are concerned that we now have an attorney general who was involved in Clinton administration pardons of members of the Weather Underground."

E-mail Demian Bulwa at dbulwa@sfchronicle.com.


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  • I hope that cocksucker and his cunt wife get their comeuppance. They're both murderers.

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  • If the media would have bothered to cover Obama's ties with guys like Ayer's, Rev Wright., and others AND if the voters would have bothered to care about such associations, nobody would be so surprised about the way Obama is basically destroying our Capitalist economic structure right now.

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  • File charges and try this creampuff terrorist/revolutionary wannabe then put his happy ass in jail.

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  • throw the book at him, scratch that, throw a whole set of encyclopedia's at him...

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  • lol I'm sure someone will convienently fuck up this investigation too.

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  • I'm a Dem.-as many of you know. However, I've never felt comfortable with the way this has been left. This man should be in jail. Murder.

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  • Ayers if a fucking scumbag and confessed terrorist.

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  • I swear this man belongs in prison YESTERDAY. What an unbelievable walking pile of shit.

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  • Even if he is convicted he will be pardoned by his buddy Obama.

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  • What I'd give to get my hands on this POS...

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  • when he goes to prison, put him in general population

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  • i take that back about Mr. Ayers and stand corrected -- he committed terrorist acts

    ""I don't regret setting bombs," Bill Ayers said. "I feel we didn't do enough." Mr. Ayers, who spent the 1970's as a fugitive in the Weather Underground, was sitting in the kitchen of his big turn-of-the-19th-century stone house in the Hyde Park district of Chicago. The long curly locks in his Wanted poster are shorn, though he wears earrings. He still has tattooed on his neck the rainbo More..

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  • i want to add that San Francisco is a great city. go visit sometime

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    • Shortly after i got out of the army back in '86 , i went on a walk about to see this great land of ours. I was hitch hiking down I-5 to sandiego,from seattle, to see my brother.I got a ride that took me all the way to LA ,and on the outskirts, north of SF on the interstate i saw,a HUGE and i mean huge sign, that said "HOMO's" in huge neon letters and smaller letters at the bottom that said "public welcome also' I laughed to whole way to LA. Beautiful city, the bay is lit up beauti More..

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    • let me correct a mistake ...it was on the 101 pch.

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    • San Francisco has a great diversity of people in it. homosexuals, heterosexuals, transexuals, transgenders, etc. black, white, asian, mexican, or whatever (i know i'm not labeling the races correctly atm)

      it's also a very politically 'aware' and 'active' city -- exercising their rights as Americans to help the environment, end war, increase rights for minorities of this or that group, etc.

      there are some rundown areas where people have drug addiction problems like any other city

      the people th More..

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  • "In addition to running America's Survival, Kincaid is the editor of a conservative organization called Accuracy in Media. He has attempted to link Obama to communism and socialism.

    He also has views that might be considered extreme in San Francisco, such as calling for a "quit gay sex" campaign. "It appears that the homosexual lifestyle is as addictive as smoking," he once wrote."

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    More conservative anti-science. And they wonder why university professors are More..

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    • Doesnt change the fact that he did those things, he only got away with it because some nimrods fucked the investigation, this isnt a lib/con thing its a puke thing and this guy is a puke!

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    • it is a lib/con thing only because that particular person is making an issue out of this when he has no evidence to back his assertions

      makes him look like a damn fool. just like that other thing he said about homosexuality being an addiction

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    • the fool not withstanding...Ayers is an indefensible puke. I dont care what your politics are, endangering civilians and blowing up public places is DOUCHEBAGGERY at its worst(ie markets in baghdad)

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    • i'm not defending Ayers for being part of that radical group -- though he has long since abandoned it. i just think it's dumb to say he did the bombing without evidence or proof

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  • "but said it had not been in contact with investigators and had no new evidence related to the bombing"

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  • 1970???? Give it up ALREADY....

    Ayers is an AMERICAN FOLK HERO....

    JUST LEAVE IT AT THAT.......LOL

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    • Bah hes a dshit stain on the american public... Folk hero bahahahahahahahahah is he Willie Nelson?

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    • Wait ,wait, wait...willy nelson's a folk hero?

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    • I gotta start getting memo's on these things.

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    • Folk Hero... Sure....

      He blew up the Police Statue celebrating the Haymarket massacre of 1886... (when the po po's tried to beat up workers gathering to support striking workers)

      they wasted money building this statue in 1969 (as our boys were getting killed in vietnam..)

      well, he not only blew up the statue, but they rebuilt it and he blew it up AGAIN....

      and got away with it.... LOL....

      sounds like a hero to me....LOL

      he also created jobs, cause they BUILT IT AGAIN, and p More..

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  • If Bush, Cheney, Rice, and their Tel Aviv torturing, war criminal, and mobster partners are still being allowed to walk the streets after their run of crimes against humanity, surely a freedom fighter like Ayers should be left alone.

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