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Sergeant Brian V. McDonnell | San Francisco Police Department, California San Francisco Police Department, California

Sergeant

Brian V. McDonnell

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 18, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 1001

Cause: Bomb

Incident Date: 2/16/1970

Weapon: Explosives; Bomb

Offender: Not available

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Sergeant Brian McDonnell succumbed to wounds sustained two days earlier when a bomb exploded in the Park Police Station.

Although Sergeant McDonnell's murder was never solved, it is believed the bomb was set by members of the domestic terrorist group Weather Underground. Members of the group shot and killed Sergeant Edward O'Grady and Officer Waverly Brown, of the Nyack, New York, Police Department on October 20, 1981.

Sergeant McDonnell had served with the San Francisco Police Department for 20 years. He is survived by his son, daughter, parents, brother, and sister. His father was a former San Francisco Police sergeant.

Sergeant McDonnell's uncle, Sergeant Joseph Lacey, was shot and killed in the line of duty on December 30, 1956, while serving with the San Francisco Police Department.

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Time to prosecute?

"On Feb. 16, 1970, the bombing of a San Francisco police station killed one officer, Sgt. Brian McDonnell. The murderers have never been arrested, but Burrough reports that for decades three top suspects have remained uncharged: bombmaker Howard Machtinger, who now lives in North Carolina; Weather theoretician Jeff Jones, who lives in upstate New York; and Weather’s undisputed queen, Bernardine Dohrn, who for more than a quarter-century has lived in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/remember-weather-underground-bloody-terrorism-at-home-in-1970s/2015/04/01/c68f8b8c-d17f-11e4-8fce-3941fc548f1c_story.html

John Bartelloni
April 23, 2015

 

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