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Police Union in N.Y. Bombed Over 2 Deaths

February 24, 1985|From Times Wire Services

NEW YORK — Radicals bombed a police union office Saturday in an attack aimed at "killer cops" for the deaths of two blacks--a woman killed during an eviction procedure and a graffiti artist beaten while in police custody.

Two bombs equal in force to 10 pounds of dynamite exploded almost simultaneously at 1:03 a.m. in a restroom adjoining the office of the Policemen's Benevolent Assn., heavily damaging two other restrooms and the union office.

"It caused a lot of damage," a union spokesman said. "It was a good shot. Luckily, nobody was here at the time."

Two maintenance workers were slightly injured in the blast on the 21st floor of the building, located in lower Manhattan near City Hall. They were treated and released at the scene.

'Red Guerrilla Defense'

Minutes after the explosion, in a telephone call to the Associated Press a woman in a tape-recording said she was from the Red Guerrilla Defense and claimed responsibility. "This is Red Guerrilla Defense," the recording said. "Tonight we bombed the offices of the PBA, which promotes racist murder and killer cops."

The tape referred to Eleanor Bumpurs, who was shot to death by police as they evicted her from her city-owned apartment in October, and Michael Stewart, who died after his arrest in 1983.

Both were black, and white police officers were indicted recently in both cases.

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