Sheila Rodden gives a thumbs down as she walks past a rally in support of clemency for death row inmate Stantley Williams at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005. Earlier in the day Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger held a clemency hearing at his Capitol office to gather information before making a final decision on Williams execution which is to take place Tuesday, Dec. 13.
KNBC 4 News Los Angeles has Council Members Urge Calm Over ‘Tookie’ Williams Decisions
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.
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.
And why would the good members of the African American community in Los angeles be outraged if clemency is not granted?
Tookie is a “BANGER” and a MURDERER.
He is NOT an oppressed model citizen who has been unfairly treated and injustly convicted. He has had after all 24 years of legal appeals.
“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.”
If people do NOT respect the rule of law then arrest them and if they are unruly subdue them.
This is not France and rioting will NOT be tolerated.
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.”