Stanley Tookie Williams Essay

864 Words Nov 29th, 2006 4 Pages
Stanley Tookie Williams III was born on December 29, 1953 in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the age of six he moved to South Central's West Side neighborhood in Los Angeles. He was known as a fighter and running the streets of South Central's Westside. He attended John C. Freemont High School but was expelled and never graduated.
The Crips started when the Baby Avenues were formed by Ray Washington in 1969. Tookie joined him in 1971 and formed the West side portion of what is now known as the Crips. The Crips were initially started to eliminate all street gangs and create a strong neighborhood watch. Tookie said "we started out to, in a sense—address all of the so-called neighboring gangs in the area and I thought I could cleanse the
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Without an apology and atonement for these senseless and brutal killings there can be no redemption. In this case, the one thing that would be the clearest indication of complete remorse and full redemption is the one thing Williams will not do."
Williams requested no last meal and consumed only milk and oatmeal throughout the day of his execution. He said to the people before lead to his death, "I would like my legacy to be remembered as: a redemptive transition, it is not predicated on color or race or social stratum or one's religious background. It's accessible for everybody, that's the beauty about it. And whether others choose to believe that I have redeemed myself or not, I worry not, because I know and God knows."
On December 13, 2005, after all forms of appeal, Williams was executed by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison in California. He was the 12th person to be executed by the state since California reinstated the death penalty in 1992.

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