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Council Members Urge Calm Over 'Tookie' Williams Decisions
NBC4.TV ^ | December 9, 2005 | NBC4.TV

Posted on 12/09/2005 3:38:26 PM PST by Main Street

LOS ANGELES -- Four Los Angeles City Council members called for calm Friday as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger considers whether to grant clemency to Crips co-founder and death row inmate Stanley "Tookie" Williams.

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With less than four days to go before Williams' scheduled Tuesday execution, sporadic-yet-credible threats of civil unrest have prompted the council members and representatives from the city and county human relations commissions to ask religious leaders to emphasize a message of peace during weekend services.

"We picked up information that led us to believe that there were some planned and intentioned acts of violence that could occur in the wake of the decision or the execution planned for Stan "Tookie" Williams," Robin Toma, executive director of the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, said during a news conference at City Hall.

Toma declined to list the affected communities or elaborate on the threats.

Councilman Bernard Parks said he spoke earlier today about potential civil unrest with Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Earl Paysinger of the South Bureau.

Parks said Paysinger assured him the LAPD would remain "vigilant" this weekend, but there was no immediate need to put the city on tactical alert.

"All you need is a few to disrupt the entire city," Parks said, referring to the events that led to the 1992 riots. "You don't need large numbers of people to start a problem."

Parks, along with council members Jan Perry, Herb Wesson and Bill Rosendahl, said they are asking religious leaders to deliver a message of peace in the days leading up to Williams' scheduled lethal injection execution at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday at San Quentin Prison.

"Regardless of your personal views on Mr. Williams' situation, I believe we all share a desire to ensure that people find outlets in which they can respectfully and positively voice their opinions," Perry said. "I believe that our religious institutions provide guidance and leadership to thousands in our community, and it is times like these that we must turn to each other for support."

Williams, now 51, was sentenced to death in 1981 after he was found guilty of murdering four people during two separate robberies two years earlier.

Williams has maintained his innocence.

Attorneys for Williams and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office each delivered 30 minutes of arguments to the governor yesterday, with prosecutors insisting that Williams deserved to die for the slayings and defense lawyers arguing that he has renounced gang violence.

The governor could issue a decision at any time.

If granted clemency, Williams would serve life in prison without parole.

In California, only the governor has the authority to commute a death sentence to life in prison. Ronald Reagan was the last California governor to grant clemency in 1967.

If clemency is denied, Parks said he will ask religious leaders to open their churches and synagogues for community discussions.

Rosendahl added: "I'm standing here as a white guy that represents the 11th District who realizes it impacts all of us, we're all in this dialogue together. In my district, black and white and brown and Asian together are mixing and discussing this issue. It's of great concern to all of us."

The Crips street gang, founded in 1971 in South Central Los Angeles, went on to become one of the most violent and widespread in the United States.

Family members of Williams' victims say he should be put to death for his actions.

But Williams's supporters say he has reformed because he spent much of the past 24 years writing children's books and teaching at-risk youth about the dangers of gangs. Supporters also have nominated him for Nobel prizes, for peace and in literature.

"For those who believe in redemption, they should remember that for the past 13 years, Mr. Williams has been talking about peace, not violence," Councilman Herb Wesson said. "I think the biggest tribute they could pay to him is to ensure that whatever happens ... they should be respectful to how he lived his life for the last 13 years."

Since being condemned to death, Williams has renounced his gang past, been the subject of a cable TV movie called "Redemption" starring Jamie Foxx. He was nominated in 2000 for a Nobel Peace Prize by Swiss Parliament member Mario Fehr for the anti-gang work he has done from his 9-by-4-foot cell.

Calls for clemency have been mounting from religious and community leaders and celebrities such as Foxx, the rapper Snoop Dogg, actor Mike Farrell and activist Bianca Jagger.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President Bruce Gordon also supports clemency, calling Williams "our secret weapon to help young African-Americans avoid gangs."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: 3rdworld; iraq; losangeles; riot; stanley; stanleywilliams; tookie; williams
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1 posted on 12/09/2005 3:38:28 PM PST by Main Street
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To: Main Street

Setting the appropriate back drop.....


2 posted on 12/09/2005 3:40:59 PM PST by samadams2000 (Nothing fills the void of a passing hurricane better than government)
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To: Main Street

Maxine Watters will promote racial violence with her every breath.


3 posted on 12/09/2005 3:42:14 PM PST by calljack (Sometimes your worst nightmare is just a start.)
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To: samadams2000

Yep. Hint, hint, wink, wink, let's not have no trouble now.


4 posted on 12/09/2005 3:42:39 PM PST by Salvey (ancest)
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To: samadams2000

Thats right..I forgot they have violence on their side!


5 posted on 12/09/2005 3:42:40 PM PST by samadams2000 (Nothing fills the void of a passing hurricane better than government)
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To: Main Street

Personally, I hope they riot and burn down their neighborhoods again.


6 posted on 12/09/2005 3:42:58 PM PST by jess35
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To: Main Street

Will Arnie succumb to the Democrat version of winning the war on Terrorism?


7 posted on 12/09/2005 3:43:14 PM PST by funkywbr
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To: Main Street

Jesse Jackson says: "Please, do not riot."

8 posted on 12/09/2005 3:43:19 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Main Street

All they are doing is trying to find an excuse to riot, so that they can loot, NO made them all jealous.
I am serious...


9 posted on 12/09/2005 3:44:10 PM PST by Roverman2K
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To: samadams2000

They have guns. But don't forget; they're Dems. Dems can't shoot. Your average ganksta couldn't shoot himself in the foot without emptying an entire clip.


10 posted on 12/09/2005 3:44:33 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Main Street

I say we bring out the three strikes rule against LA if it riots again. This time they should be kicked out of the US.


11 posted on 12/09/2005 3:44:38 PM PST by aft_lizard (What does G-d look like then if we evolved from nothing?See Genisis Ch 1:26-27)
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To: Gordongekko909

That is one nasty looking picture.


12 posted on 12/09/2005 3:45:22 PM PST by aft_lizard (What does G-d look like then if we evolved from nothing?See Genisis Ch 1:26-27)
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To: aft_lizard

Three strikes and it's off to New Orleans!


13 posted on 12/09/2005 3:46:33 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Main Street
If Tookie is so influential a peacemaker why can't he "urge" peace in the event of his execution and have the gangsters abide by his request?
14 posted on 12/09/2005 3:46:36 PM PST by msnimje (http://weblogawards.org/2005/12/best_blog.php .. VOTE FOR MALKIN (everyday) -- DON'T LET KOS WIN!!)
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To: Main Street

We need to get out of the quagmire that is Los Angeles.


15 posted on 12/09/2005 3:46:47 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (never surrender, this is for the kids)
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To: aft_lizard

No kidding: I Image Googled "Jesse Jackson" and a picture of a leech came up. I am absolutely not kidding.


16 posted on 12/09/2005 3:46:58 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: calljack

Maxine Waters is our west-coast version of Cynthia McKinney. The Tookster only sold 300 copies of his book.


17 posted on 12/09/2005 3:47:07 PM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Main Street

Even if Arnold declines clemency, I'm betting that someone will stop the execution, probably another federal writ, and this will just drag on the way they all do in California.


18 posted on 12/09/2005 3:47:55 PM PST by Spok (Est omnis de civilitate.)
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To: aft_lizard

I think its lose-lose-lose. Sunday night we either see the ugly side of the culture of welfare and liberalism or we lose the ability to govern the state..oh and the tookser lives to write another pulitzer winner.


19 posted on 12/09/2005 3:47:57 PM PST by samadams2000 (Nothing fills the void of a passing hurricane better than government)
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To: Gordongekko909

LOL could there be a more appropriate analogy?


20 posted on 12/09/2005 3:48:30 PM PST by aft_lizard (What does G-d look like then if we evolved from nothing?See Genisis Ch 1:26-27)
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To: Main Street
threats of civil unrest have prompted the council members and representatives from the city and county human relations commissions to ask religious leaders to emphasize a message of peace during weekend services.

They are worried that Christians are going to rampage up and down the boulevard burning down the city if a gangster is executed.

In the words of the philosopher, are they are crack?

21 posted on 12/09/2005 3:49:53 PM PST by marron
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To: aft_lizard

Try it. Image Google "Jesse Jackson." That pic is on the first page.


22 posted on 12/09/2005 3:50:52 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: samadams2000
I forgot they have violence on their side!

But not the temperature.....the tradition in South Central is to hit the streets only during warmer weather.

23 posted on 12/09/2005 3:51:26 PM PST by ErnBatavia (403-3)
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To: Main Street
I would state my objections to his clemency by posting links to outside news and crime scene photos regarding Tookie and his poor victims, but apparently the FR moderators that be have decided that no such criticism or even links to such news shall be allowed here. - Much like the DU.

All of us Freepers are free to talk, but do not show facts here.

Unless you support Tookie, that is.
24 posted on 12/09/2005 3:51:43 PM PST by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: Main Street
The black community of LA should be ashamed of itself. At least open anarchy has a raw honesty driving its goals and ambitions.

I'm not really sure what you might call a situation where a community has laws on the books and elected leaders, but the leaders have to beg the led to obey the law prior to enforcing it.

25 posted on 12/09/2005 3:52:00 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: Main Street

A subtle way of telling folks a riot could reap a financial windfall about now, and here's your reason.


26 posted on 12/09/2005 3:52:05 PM PST by theDentist (The Dems have put all their eggs in one basket-case: Howard "Belltower" Dean.)
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To: bboop

If the execution is to go forward, Arnald should just make the simple statment, "if there are any problems, the police have been givin the shoot to kill order." Not that there is a chance in hell that it will happen though.


27 posted on 12/09/2005 3:52:11 PM PST by Husker24
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To: tet68

Oh, no you don't. We just got rid of a bunch of our trash with the National Guard wasting looters and gang members. If you send them, you also send the New Orleans FReepers a few crates of bullets. And a bunch of body bags.


28 posted on 12/09/2005 3:52:22 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Main Street
What is this s*** Rodney King replay, if the Terminator doesn't just that, he will be history as far as reelection chances.
29 posted on 12/09/2005 3:52:26 PM PST by boomop1
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To: bill1952

Sorry, forgot the FR link showing the reactions:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1536001/posts?page=83#83


30 posted on 12/09/2005 3:53:23 PM PST by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: Main Street

I predicted a riot over this two weeks ago when Snoop Dog was out inciting the masses.


31 posted on 12/09/2005 3:53:24 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Salvey
Yep. Hint, hint, wink, wink, let's not have no trouble now.

Exactly. The city mucky-mucks bring up the spectre of violence, everyone goes downtown to see the spectacle, someone tosses a spark, and voila--one riot, made to order.

32 posted on 12/09/2005 3:53:25 PM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: Main Street

Is it true that "tookie's" son is in prison for murder?


33 posted on 12/09/2005 3:54:07 PM PST by captnorb
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To: Main Street

Just abother excuse to riot. You would be surprised how many people will be dissappointed if they dont get this opportunity. They dont care about Tookie any more than the rioters cared about Dr. Martin Luther King. Its just another excuse to loot.


34 posted on 12/09/2005 3:54:38 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: FreeAtlanta

Their new ACLU, couldn't pass the bar, Mayor is going to put the final nail in the coffin of the once-great city of Los Angeles.


35 posted on 12/09/2005 3:54:43 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Main Street

Just another excuse to riot. You would be surprised how many people will be dissappointed if they dont get this opportunity. They dont care about Tookie any more than the rioters cared about Dr. Martin Luther King. Its just another excuse to loot.


36 posted on 12/09/2005 3:54:49 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: Main Street
South LA is about to have another bar-b-q, I'm glad I don't live there.
37 posted on 12/09/2005 3:54:55 PM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: bboop

and there is speculation his attorney wrote it.


38 posted on 12/09/2005 3:55:11 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Main Street

"Nice house you got there, be a shame to see anything happen to it"...wink...


39 posted on 12/09/2005 3:55:16 PM PST by Uriah_lost (We aren't pro-war, we're PRO-VICTORY!)
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To: samadams2000
Fred Barnes said that Tookie only sold 350 books, had refused to cooperate with authorities in naming any name that would help in breaking up the gangs and why should actors' opinions carry more weight than the victims family. I can't remember what else he said but the newspaper stories are so one sided.
40 posted on 12/09/2005 3:55:45 PM PST by motherof 3
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To: jess35
Personally, I hope they riot and burn down their neighborhoods again

yep.... Merry Christmas... Maybe this time they'll burn the whole city down. Good Riddance.

I'm just fed up with all of it. Bunch of parasites.. Crips, Bloods, Latin Kings, Aryan nation, Muslims, Liberals,...the whole lot can go and probably will go straight to h#ll.

The problem is that when they burn down the city, I'm going to have to pay for them to go to the ER, get patched up and continue... I'll have to pay for them to "reinvigorate" their blighted community. After we're all made to apologize for causing poor little Tookie to resort to gang violence, father children out of wed lock, push drugs and prostitutes and of course not give him a chance... it's all the "man's" fault. Let's have another congressional hearing where the government nipple people roll out of bed and tell us how hard they have it. We're the only country in the world with FAT poor people, with cable television and cell phones.

How 'bout this ... burn baby, burn. then just kiss my a@#. bunch of miscreants.

41 posted on 12/09/2005 3:56:29 PM PST by Dick Vomer (liberals suck......... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.)
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To: Husker24

You forgot that Maria is calling the shots and that he's highly confused.


42 posted on 12/09/2005 3:57:18 PM PST by samadams2000 (Nothing fills the void of a passing hurricane better than government)
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To: boomop1

Yeah, and look at all the trouble Rodney king has been in since all that mess. They were set to riot if OJ was found guilty, too...


43 posted on 12/09/2005 3:57:37 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: funkywbr

I'm afraid that he is going to give in to the pressure. The guy has had plenty of years of appeals. His time is up.

The black community leaders that supports this one guy have also had plenty of time to help end some of the gang activity and help youth at risk; instead they spend all of their time crying its all about race and discrimination. Sharpton and JJ is out scaming people.

The rappers have been promoting crime with their songs for years. Tookie supporters claim that if even if they save one life its worth saving his, next will be an appeal to get him released.


44 posted on 12/09/2005 3:58:06 PM PST by newfrpr04
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To: Main Street

Don't worry people, kookie tookie will be calm when he assumes room temperature.


45 posted on 12/09/2005 3:58:10 PM PST by Buffettfan
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To: captnorb

Yes, and another was arrested two weeks ago for raping a woman in San Bernardino.


46 posted on 12/09/2005 3:58:30 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Joe 6-pack

If shame stopped community leaders this would still be the America I grew up in.


47 posted on 12/09/2005 3:58:41 PM PST by samadams2000 (Nothing fills the void of a passing hurricane better than government)
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To: ErnBatavia

" ... the tradition in South Central is to hit the streets only during warmer weather."

that was my first thought .. the King riots were in May when it's nice and warm... don't picture similar rioting in December


48 posted on 12/09/2005 4:00:50 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Main Street; windcliff

Will "looter guy" join in?


49 posted on 12/09/2005 4:00:59 PM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: newfrpr04

I'm disgusted the Tookie was giving 'inspirational' talks on college campuses by video hook up from prison. What's up with that? or should I ask what's up with all this liberal death row crap.


50 posted on 12/09/2005 4:01:04 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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