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Op-Ed: Symbionese Liberation Parolee

New York Times

The first time I encountered the word “kleptomaniac,” I asked my mother what it meant. She said, “That’s what they call it when a rich person steals something.” And now, thanks to Sara Jane Olson and her return to the spacious house and gracious life she’s made for herself in St. Paul, we know what it’s called when a rich, white woman gets convicted of trying to kill cops and robbing a bank: “idealism.”

Services Set for Judge Crowder, Last of the “Hat Squad”

Metropolitan News-Enterprise

Services will be held March 30 for retired Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge Harold Crowder, who died Monday at age 83.

His Office Was an Alcove, but He Was Big at LAPD

David Briggs, who died last month, buffed officers' boots for 21 years. The department is paying his son's way to the memorial.

Plotter in 1985 Cop Killing Up for Parole

Los Angeles Daily News

He helped mow down a cop in a hail of machine gun fire as the officer picked up his son from day care. For his part in the 1985 cop killing in Canoga Park, Voltaire Alphonse Williams should languish behind bars for life, family and associates of the victim said.

Detective Killing

City News Service

A state panel denied parole today for a man convicted of conspiracy in the Halloween 1985 shooting death of a Los Angeles police detective who was ambushed while picking up his 6-year-old son from day care.

Sara Jane Olson: American Housewife, American Terrorist

Time Magazine

In one life, Sara Jane Olson was a doting, upper-class soccer mom who drove a Plymouth minivan and was a dynamite gourmet cook. In another, she was a terrorist—and a totem of the age of violent radicalism that erupted during the 1970s.

Former 1970s Radical Leaves Calif. for Minnesota

Associated Press

Former 1970s radical Sara Jane Olson left California for her adopted home state of Minnesota on Wednesday, a day after she was paroled from state prison.

LA Police Union Writes Schwarzenegger about Olson


The Los Angeles police union says it has written Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asking him to look into the legality of Sara Jane Olson's release to the state of Minnesota for her parole.

Minnesota lawmakers to California: Keep Sara Jane Olson

Two Minnesota legislators introduced a resolution today asking California to keep ex-Symbionese Liberation Army member and fugitive Sara Jane Olson from serving supervised parole in their state.

LA Mayor, Police Chief Push for More Cops Nationwide


With unemployment on the rise, city officials across the country are concerned about a possible spike in crime

Police Federation Fighting the Former SLA Member's Return To MN After Parole


Federation President David Titus questions whether Olson's neighbors in St. Paul would report her if she violated parole. The Los Angeles police union raised similar objections Monday. Olson has served seven years in prison for attempted bombings of Los Angeles police cars in the 1970s and the shooting death of a bank customer in 1975.

Sara Jane Olson's Return to Minnesota Opposed

Associated Press

The union wrote to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday to oppose her return, saying she committed her crimes in California, so she should serve her entire sentence there.

L.A. Police Protective League Endorses Curren Price for 26th Senate District Special Election on Tuesday, March 24

Assemblymember Curren Price today announced the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) has endorsed his special election campaign for the 26th Senate District.

Pawlenty Spokesman: Minnesota Can't Turn Back Olson

Associated Press

A spokesman for Gov. Tim Pawlenty says the state is required to let former 1970s radical and longtime fugitive Sara Jane Olson serve her three-year parole in Minnesota.

Home to Glory

Wave News

The LAPD sent Deputy Chief Kenneth Garner on to glory in style Monday and Bishop Noel Jones preached him right through the pearly gates during one of the finest funerals I’ve attended in some time.

Parole Debate Clouds Future of Jailed Symbionese Liberation Army Member

Los Angeles Times

Police union wants Sara Jane Olson to serve parole in California. L.A. Police Protective League says the ex-SLA member, imprisoned for trying to kill two officers, will be better monitored here than in Minnesota, near family. Her release is expected this month.

Deputy Chief Remembered for Strong Ties to South L.A.

Los Angeles Times

3,000 gather in South L.A. to remember Deputy Police Chief Kenneth O. Garner. The mix of police, gang-intervention workers and residents at his funeral and service shows he built strong relationships in the community, mourners say.

LAPD Deputy Chief Kenneth Garner Mourned, Praised


The South Bureau appointment marked a homecoming for Garner, who was born in Hot Springs, Ark., but grew up in South L.A. Skipp Townsend, an executive board member of gang intervention community group Southern California Cease Fire Committee, said he came to know Garner four years ago.

LA Chief: More Officers Assigned to Clerical Duty

Associated Press Writer

The Los Angeles Police Department is bigger than ever, but so far that hasn't translated into more officers on the streets, police Chief William Bratton said Thursday. The department has added about 700 officers since Bratton became chief in 2002, and hundreds of those are filling clerical civilian positions that remain empty due to a civilian hiring freeze for all but essential civilian positions.

Soliah Seeks to Serve Parole in Minnesota

Los Angeles Times

Former Symbionese Liberation Army member Kathleen Soliah was released from state prison in March 2008, only to be re-arrested and told that because of a clerical error she would have to spend another year behind bars.

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