8 former members of the Black Liberation Army have been arrested in connection to the 1971 killing of a San Francisco police sergeant
San Francisco police, along with the U.S. Attorney's office, the attorney general's office and the FBI made the announcement today after coordinating the predawn arrests.
Sgt. John Young was assigned to Ingleside station on Aug. 29, 1971 when two men entered the station, stuck a shotgun through a hole in the protective glass and killed the 51-year-old.
He was killed in a "military-style attack" by members of the BLA, which is described as "a violence-based group formed with the intent to kill police officers throughout the United States," according to a San Francisco Police Department news release.
San Francisco resident Richard Brown, 65; Ray Michael Boudreaux, 64, and Henry Watson Jones, 71, both of Altadena, Calif.; Herman Bell, 59, and Anthony Bottom, 55, both currently incarcerated in New York; Francisco Torres, 58, of Queens, NY; and Harold Taylor, 58, of Panama City, Fla., have all been charged with the murder of Young and with conspiracy to murder police officers.
Richard O'Neal, 57, of San Francisco was also arrested on conspiracy to murder police officers but was not charged as an active participant in the murder of Young.
Another suspect, Ronald Stanley Bridgeforth, 62, has also been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and aggravated assault on a police officer in connection with his participation in the murder of Young, although his whereabouts is unknown.
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