SFPD to Interview Former FBI Informant on Bill Ayers' Connection to
1970 Police Killing
By Peter Jamison
Apr. 23 2009
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."
Group seeks harsher probe in 1970 police bombing
By: Tamara Barak Aparton
Examiner Staff Writer
Police must expand their investigation of Weather Underground member
William Ayers and his role in the 1970 bombing that killed a San
Francisco police officer.
That's what an ex-FBI informant and a right-wing group will argue
Thursday in The City.
Former FBI mole Larry Grathwohl said Ayers and his wife, Bernadine
Dohrn, are responsible for the Park Police Station bombing that
killed Sgt. Brian McDonnell.
Grathwohl will repeat his testimony at a Thursday afternoon news
conference at the downtown Marriott Courtyard hotel.
Cliff Kincaid, a right-wing writer and activist who runs the
organization America's Survival Inc., is spearheading the effort.