Actor Danny Glover took to the stage in a packed San Francisco theater to urge celebrity governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to spare a condemned gang founder turned anti-gang advocate.
Actor Danny Glover took to the stage in a packed San Francisco theater to urge celebrity governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger to spare a condemned gang founder turned anti-gang advocate.
Schwarzenegger is the only person with the power to cancel the date convicted killer and Crips gang co-founder Stanley “Tookie” Williams has with San Quentin Prison’s death chamber on December 13.
Glover drew cheers and a standing ovation from the standing-room-only audience that showed up for an anti-execution fund-raising screening of the film “Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story.”
“I think there is a chance Arnold Schwarzenegger will grant clemency,” Glover told AFP. “He should grant Tookie Williams clemency; that will let Williams touch lives and change lives.”
Glover derided the death penalty as “immoral” and out of tune with most of the civilized nations in the world.
“The international community has a chance to make the United States look at itself in the mirror, sit down and abolish the death penalty,” Glover said while noting support for Williams has spread past US borders.
Schwarzenegger has granted Williams a private clemency hearing on December 8 and is to decide whether to use his muscle as governor to convert Williams’ sentence to life in prison with no chance of parole.
But, Mr. Glover, what about justice for Tookie’s four murdered victims?
The charges that put Williams on death row “weren’t proven beyond a shadow of doubt” and “it’s a trick” to blame Williams for the deeds of the notorious Crips gang he helped form in Los Angeles decades ago, Glover said.
“To blame Tookie Williams for The Crips is barking up the wrong tree,” Glover said. “It would be like blaming all white people for slavery.”
Are you kidding me?
The charges were proven and Tookie has had 24 years of legal appeals, including the California and United States Supreme Court.
Stanley Tookie Williams is a renown “Crips” gang leader and is responsible for many crimes.
Danny should stick to acting and investing his money in Planet Hollywood with Arnold before he makes pronouncements that are factually FALSE.
“Tookie’s example breathes life not only into gang members, former gang members, and wannabe gang members, it breathes life into us. He shows us we can be a value to society as well.”
Glover recounted Williams’ influence helping in truce talks he, now US secretary of state
Condoleezza Rice and others brokered with street gangs slightly more than a decade ago.
African-American film maker Kevin Epps warned that hardship-shaped young people who relate to Williams will react if Williams is executed.
“They are on the street, and they are watching,” Epps said. “They will make a decision on how they are going to respond.”
“We have to save this brother’s life,” the young filmmaker said, pressing his open hands to his troubled face. “Because, if we save this brother, we are going to save a generation.”
If you save this brother (grant clemency) from the “BIG JAB” all you are saving is a savage murderer who shotgunned four innocent victims to death.
NO CLEMENCY FOR TOOKIE!