8 arrested in 1971 San Francisco cop-killing tied to Black Panthers

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Eight men were arrested today in connection with the 1971 shotgun murder of a San Francisco police officer in a case that authorities said involved a five-year conspiracy to kill police officers throughout the United States.

A joint task state and federal task force identified seven of the arrested as former members of the Black Liberation Army, a violent group made up mostly of former Black Panthers.

The arrests, which were made in California, New York and Florida, were the culmination of an investigation into the activities of the BLA, which in the late 1960s and early '70s "were bent on creating terror and chaos by assassinating police officers," said Morris Tabak, deputy chief of investigations for the San Francisco Police Department.

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