Since the murder in a San Francisco police station on Sunday (29 August) of Sergeant John Young, 45, stations throughout San Francisco and Los Angeles have been placed under police guard.
Since the murder in a San Francisco police station on Sunday (29 August) of Sergeant John Young, 45, stations throughout San Francisco and Los Angeles have been placed under police guard. Windows have been looked, and sandbags placed around gas mains in case of further attacks. Strict security measures are in operation.
Sergeant Young's killers made a clean getaway. In a subsequent letter to a newspaper, they said that they were avenging the death of George Jackson, the Negro militant killed during an attempted break out from San Quentin prison the week before.
The killers' gunfire also seriously wounded a woman clerk on duty in the station at the time.
The funeral for the dead police officer was held in San Francisco on Thursday (2 September). Fifteen hundred mourners attended.
SYNOPSIS: A San Francisco police sergeant was murdered on Sunday night when two men entered a precinct station and riddled him with bullets as he sat at his desk. A letter to a newspaper later claimed the killing was in revenge for the death of negro militant George Jackson. A woman clerk was seriously wounded.
Since then, all police stations in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and in other major cities where police have come under attack from revolutionaries, are enforcing strict security precautions. Almost half the cities' force is now engaged upon station guard duty. And outsiders have to prove identification.
Under this new threat, police stations are taking their security seriously. Covers have been placed over windows; drain hatches have been locked into place, and gas mains sandbagged against possible attack. Police officers, taken off regular duties, maintain a twenty four hour watch.
In San Francisco on Thursday, the funeral was held for forty-five year old Sergeant John Young, the officer shot on Sunday. He was the third San Francisco policeman killed while on duty this year, and the sixth in the last eighteen months. His widow carried the Stars and Stripes behind his coffin, which was borne past lines of his colleagues. Fifteen hundred people attended the funeral. In the final eulogy, they heard their policemen warned against reacting to the killing with any vengeance of their own.