Time Bomb-San Francisco News
Weather Underground leaders claimed their bombings were devised to avoid bloodshed. But FBI agents suspect the radical ’70s group killed an S.F. cop in the name of revolution.
By Peter Jamison
Published on September 14, 2009 at 12:56pm
On the night of Feb. 16, 1970, Brian McDonnell was sorting through bulletins on the Teletype machine at Park Police Station in the Upper Haight. The respected 44-year-old sergeant was checking results from the recent union elections, in which he was running for station representative. Steady winter rain fell outside. At 10:45 p.m., a bomb planted on the ledge outside a nearby window went off.
McDonnell took the brunt of the blast to his body and face. The bomb was packed with inch-long industrial fence staples, which severed his jugular vein and lodged in his brain. He would die two days later without regaining consciousness.