Saturday, December 10, 2005

LA Riots, Pt. 2

Stanley "Tookie" Williams has been on death row since 1979 for the murder of 4 people. He along with Raymond Lee Washington are known as the founders of the Crips gang. During his time in San Quentin, he has become a anti-gang activist. Williams has written an autobiographical book entitled Life In Prison aimed at 8-12-year-olds to discourage kids from joining gangs. In the book, he writes about the reality of prison from the humiliation of strip searches to being locked up in solitary confinement. In 2001, received a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Williams is set to be executed on Dec. 14. So far, Schwarzenegger has been quiet about Williams's fate. LA council members expect violence if he is executed, and LA police, school, and local groups have been told to prepare. Robin Toma, executive director of the LA County Human Relations Commission has stated there is information about planned and intentional acts of violence if Williams is executed. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has also stated that several threats are being investigated and all of San Quentin's inmates, as well as other prisons, will be locked down during the execution.

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