Brian V. McDonnellSan Francisco Police Department, California
End of Watch: Wednesday, February 18, 1970
Reflections for Sergeant Brian V. McDonnell
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."
April 23, 2015
R.I.P. to the grandfather I never knew. I still pray for justice and healing for our family.
February 20, 2015
I am sorry for what happened to Sgt. McDonnell. In his memory I purchased a sweatshirt and t-shirt with his name on it to honor him. I hope that those who killed him get what they deserve.
"If tears could build a stairway and memories were a lane We would walk right up to heaven And bring you back again. No farewell words were spoken No time to say goodbye You were gone before we knew it And only God knows why Our hearts still ache in sadness and secret tears still flow What it meant to lose you No one will ever know But now we know you want us To mourn for you no more To remember all the happy times Life still has much in store Since you'll never be forgotten We pledge to you today A cherished place within our heart Is where you'll always stay"
March 29, 2014
Sergeant Brian was my 1st cousin and his father Val wasmy uncle. My father James was Vals brother and they lived in Ireland where they grew up.
I vry much wish to make coatact with any of the McDonnell as all contact was lost many years ago. My brother Val still livesin the old house in Ireland.
I would appreciate any contact.
James Mc Donnell
July 21, 2013
I made this for you Officer McDonnell. Thank You.
May 7, 2012
Thank you for your service, I'm sorry your case has not been closed with arrests, conviction and death for those responsible. I pray they suffer a horrible life, constantly haunted by your image and never being able to rest. I believe they are still working to obtain their objective through the current administration.
Sgt. H.F.Frye, Retired Charlotte-Mecklen
former Richmond Co. N.C. Deputy Sheriff Captain
March 6, 2012
Hero's may fall but are never forgotten. RIP Sir.
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)
January 31, 2012
Rest in Peace, Sergeant McDonnell. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
January 22, 2012
You will not be forgotten,and those responsible will be brought to justice either here or in Hell.
January 3, 2012
When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge - Proverbs 14:32.
Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada
February 18, 2011
On the 40th anniversary of Sergeant McDonnell's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Sergeant McDonnell is not forgotten.
Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department
February 18, 2010
After reading about the SFPD Unions attempt to prosecute the perpetrators for your death Sgt McDonnell, I felt compelled to send belated condolences to you and to your family.
My relatives also lost their dad, William Moroney, to gunfire from the WUO/BLA as he worked as a Brinks guard at the 1st Brinks robbery in June 2nd 1981 in Inwood Manhattan and his partner was permanently disabled. Donald Weems was convicted for his murder as well as for the murder of Sgt O Grady in the October 1981 Brinks robbery, and Bernutine Dorhn was only convicted of Contempt of Court.My Deepest Sympathies to your family.
August 26, 2009
To Sgt. Brian McDonnell, his loved ones, and his fellow officers with SFPD:
On this the thirty-ninth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.
This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.
Rest in Peace, Brian. I am so humbled by your valor and service.
This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Brian gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 18, 1970.
mother of Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
February 18, 2009
Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.
The terrorists who murdered you will never be allowed to rest or distance themselves from the evil they have caused.
May God bless you and your family, and may you rest in peace.
October 9, 2008
I just learned about the circumstances of Sgt McDonnell's death, while reading some historical information. My condolences to his family and my thanks for his loyal service as a fellow policeman.
Officer Ken Haney
Jackson Police Dept
October 5, 2008
YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE.
February 11, 2008
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
December 6, 2007
SGT MCDONNELL, MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. A HERO FOR SURE. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.
CHIEF RONNIE WATFORD-RET.
JEFFERSON POLICE DEPT,S.C.
August 7, 2007
On today, the 35th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of San Francisco.
February 18, 2005
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