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Protesters gather on the steps of City Hall to demonstrate against the pending execution of Stanley Tookie Williams in San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005. Death penalty opponents rallied around the state Wednesday to call on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to save the life of convicted killer-turned-gang peace activist Stanley Tookie Williams. The co-founder of the Crips street gang is scheduled to die Dec. 13 by lethal injection at San Quentin state prison after being convicted of murdering four people in 1979.
The San Francisco Chronicle has Williams says he’s prepared for death but hopes for life
In interview, condemned killer denies guilt, tells of redemption
Stanley Tookie Williams is not afraid to die.
The 51-year-old convicted murderer, who has spent nearly half of his life on Death Row, knows his scheduled execution date is less than two weeks away, but he says he is not fearful, that it’s a prospect he has dealt with his entire life.
“Being near death is nothing new to me or any other black male,” Williams said Thursday during an interview in a visiting room at San Quentin State Prison. “I’ve been shot and close to death many times. This is no different.
“But I am praying that I live. Of course, I want to live.”
Tookie, what about your innocent, hapless victims who you brutally murdered?
Did THEY want to LIVE?
In preparation for the execution, prison officials have asked Williams what he would like for his last meal, whether he wants to invite any friends or family to witness his death and whether he would like a minister present.
“I told them that if I am going to die, I don’t want food or water or sympathy from the place that is going to kill me,” said Williams, a soft-spoken man with a bodybuilder’s physique and graying hair that is pulled into a tight ponytail. “I don’t want anyone present for the sick and perverted spectacle. The thought of that is appalling and inhumane. It is disgusting for a human to sit and watch another human die.”
And Tookie did it disgust and repulse you when you shotgunned your victims to death?
“I am praying that the governor will recognize my work,” Williams said over lunch, a turkey sandwich and a can of grapefruit juice purchased by one of his visitors. “Clemency is not based on legal issues but on individual change that benefits society.
“I have changed and am doing something that is positive and productive and is not at all disruptive to the prison.”
What a load of CRAP.
Justice for Tookie’s Victims
Williams says he wouldn’t change anything about his life, because it took the bad times to get to the good. He says he probably would not be an author if not for his tragic start.
Bear Flag League Commentary:
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