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In one of the most egregious executions in history, Jesse Tafero was put to death by electric chair by the state of Florida in 1990 -- two years before his wife's conviction for the same crime was overturned. Flames erupted from Tafero's head, and executioners had to pull the switch three times to stop his breathing. State officials attributed the display to "inadvertent human error"; someone had substituted a synthetic sponge for the proven natural one.

Tafero's exonerated wife, Sonia "Sunny" Jacobs and Tafero were sentenced to death in Florida in 1976 for the murder of two policemen at a highway rest stop.

A third codefendant received a life sentence after pleading guilty and testifying against Jacobs and Tafero. He -- the state's star witness -- was the actual killer.

Did the policemen's families receive justice after a man not guilty of the crime was executed? Of course not. Do they have closure now? Probably not.
Willie Darden (Florida): Darden was convicted of the murder of a store owner during an attempted robbery. Alibi evidence later surfaced from two independent witnesses came to light in 1986. The witness stated that Darden could not have committed the murder. State and federal rules governing the discovery of newly discovered evidence following trial, however, prevented the evidence from ever being addressed in any court. Even before this new evidence emerged, the U.S. Supreme Court was bitterly divided over the case and upheld the conviction by a narrow five to four majority. The dissenting justices criticized the majority for being "willing to tolerate a level of fairness and reliability so low it should make conscientious prosecutors cringe." Darden was executed on March 15, 1988.
Dawud Abdullah Muhammad, formerly David Junior Brown (North Carolina): Prosecution withheld eyewitnesses and physical evidence from Mr. Muhammad, both during his trial and on appeal. Withheld for 14 years was also a statement by a witness who saw the victims alive during the time the prosecution theorized the murders were being committed. The prosecution had a witness who could have testified that the victims' car had been moved around the time they were seen by the other witness who had seen them alive. Two witnesses saw a man with long blonde hair jump from the balcony of the victims' apartment when the murders could have occurred, Dawud was black. A long blonde hair found at the crime scene was later lost. The trial was before an all white jury. He was murdered by the state in 1999.
Cornelius Singleton (Alabama): Singleton was convicted and executed for killing Sister Ann Hogan while praying in a cemetery. There was no physical evidence placing Singleton at the scene of the crime or linking him to the murder. Singleton had no connection to the victim and no motive. Eyewitnesses identified the man thought to be the killer as a white male with blonde hair. Singleton was an African-American man. No other suspects were investigated. Singleton had an IQ between 55 and 65. Singleton was taken to the cemetery where the murder took place and was questioned about details, despite his apparent lack of knowledge of the crime. According to Singleton, the victim's pager and some papers were on the ground and he was told to pick them up but refused. He was then returned to the police station where he was told to sign the confession. He could not read, but he signed the confession after being told that other charges pending against him would be dropped. In fact, no charges were pending.
Deceased November 20, 1992.
If given the chance, would you "sponsor" Tookie? Would you let him live you, if all his convictions were overturned, the Justice system made a complete fool of and "Tookie" were set free?

I would not, and I can't weigh-in on whether or not "Tookie" got a fair trial; for I am extremely biased"”My best friend lived next door to the "Chambers Brothers" (Look up: Young Boys, Inc.) When the Chambers got busted (I was there that day) they used combat weaponry against the police"”I still remember the taste of the old concrete in front of Dave's house. That's how hard you hug the ground.

Then, when S.W.A.T. showed up, they gave up"”screaming how innocent they were. Man, I have absolutely no love for sociopaths. (If anyone had told me AA would worship them as heroes, I would have spit in their face.)
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http://stonecupidreal.blogspirit.com/archive/2005/12/01/tookie-williams-is-innocent-suspend-all-california-execution.html


Interesting site.

I am relieved to know that there are still a few folk who believe this fiasco with "Tookie" requires a full re-examination!
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I never felt executing a person ever served "justice". It is revenge.

And being that most cop's, crime labs, and the entire "IN"-justice dept, believes prosecute by any means neccesary, I am all the more against executions.
My response for sending an email in support of Tookie--

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Dear Tookie Supporter,

Thank you for contacting and supporting Stanley Tookie Williams. He has received an execution date of December 13th, 2005. We need to fight to save the peacemaker on death row!

What you can do:

1. Contact Governor Schwarzenegger! Ask him to grant clemency to Tookie.

State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-2841
Fax: 916-445-4633
E-mail: governor@governor.ca.gov

2. Join us for upcoming events! If you are in California, please join us on December 8th at the West steps of the Capitol Building in
Sacramento from 10am - 12noon. We are hosting a "People's Clemency Hearing" and Save the Peacemaker Rally. For more events visit
http://www.savetookie.org

3. Contact the Save Tookie Committee at 510-253-5418 or 510-333-7966 or info@savetookie.org . Log on to
http://www.savetookie.org to read more
information, sign the online petition and donate funds.

Signed,

The Save Tookie Committee

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If given the chance, would you "sponsor" Tookie? Would you let him live you, if all his convictions were overturned, the Justice system made a complete fool of and "Tookie" were set free?

I would not, and I can't weigh-in on whether or not "Tookie" got a fair trial; for I am extremely biased"”My best friend lived next door to the "Chambers Brothers" (Look up: Young Boys, Inc.) When the Chambers got busted (I was there that day) they used combat weaponry against the police"”I still remember the taste of the old concrete in front of Dave's house. That's how hard you hug the ground.

Then, when S.W.A.T. showed up, they gave up"”screaming how innocent they were. Man, I have absolutely no love for sociopaths. (If anyone had told me AA would worship them as heroes, I would have spit in their face.)


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I agree Thayfen and Blacksanction. Although innocent Black men and women have been sent to prison, I'm willing to bet Tookie Williams is not in any regard one of the many innocent.

Voices from those who knew him!

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"November 23, 2005

Fond Memories of Tookie

I'm being sarcastic. The first thing you have to understand about Tookie Williams is that this is what he looked like. Knowing that this man used to hang out at parks and beat down people for fun, that he used to force people to oil his body, gives you some idea what Tookie was all about. The Tookie I knew hung out at Centinela Park in Inglewood with another huge dude named 'Mouse' doing pullups and otherwise being as badass as humanly possible. Basically, he did whatever he wanted to, and in the end what he wanted to do was be the most intimidating and dangerous man anywhere. He got his wish of course. Who was going to stop him?

I got other Tookie and Mouse stories second-hand from a kid named Timmy Green who was a bodybuilding roughneck too. Back in highschool, Tim Green was about five feet tall and 2 feet thick. He was a devastating football player, a little walking muscle. We all suspected that Timmy was a Crip, but nobody said it straight out, after all ours was an exclusive Jesuit prep school. I heard that Tim is dead, shot by another Crip somewhere. We kinda knew that he had a deathwish. Tim owned a red Honda motorcycle, a CB400 with the swivelly pipes. I rode with him once, and I immediately experienced a kind of terror I've never known before. Tim was absolutely fearless riding on the wrong side of the double yellow line of Crenshaw Blvd at 70 miles per hour. But if you talked about Tookie, Tim showed fear. Admiration to be sure. Tookie went everywhere in LA to prove that he was the was the baddest, and nobody lived to win a challenge, but fear too. Tookie was the man that thugs feared. There could only be one reason for that. He was more than buff, he was deadly.

You could not grow up in the 'hood in Los Angeles during the 70s and not know about Tookie or the Crips. It's probably hard to understand if you didn't grow up in a roughneck neighborhood. But street smarts are just that. You are forced to rely on the human instinct for survival, you navigate the degrees of danger and you grow senses that middleclass live has no use for. Tookie today looks like somebody's grandfather but don't be fooled. Back in the day, there were all kinds of gangs, some no more troublesome than the Jets or the Sharks. Truth be told, Tookie got busted right around the time gangs were going off the chain, and his Crips were the reason. The short version of the story is this, Crips were dangerous and they "Don't die, they multiply". There came a time when they became so pervasive and dangerous that anyone not in a gang was vulnerable - and then beyond that to the point at which gangs that didn't bang hard had to get hard. The Crips in the late 70s were basically escalating street rivalries into open warfare. From fists to knives to guns. The Crips created the Bloods because the Brims and the Pirus had to bang together or hang separately. When I was a kid, there used to be a saying: 'Crips are cool, but Piru rule'. By 1980, nothing was cool.

Me personally, I've battled Crips hand to hand. I've dealt with all kinds of knuckleheads, roughnecks and thugs. But everybody knows their limits. I know I am not to be a warrior and I didn't have to go to jail to learn any of that. I didn't have to wait until somebody wrote a rap song about 'dead homies' to know what that was all about. I grew up in the black neighborhood when basically few people had a choice on where they could get real estate. I know what it's like to walk through the Jungle at night, and I know if the man cursing on the bus is actually going to swing at you. But I only know what it's like to live around people who were basically about 1/3 as dangerous as Tookie Williams.

The scariest part of my neighborhood was West Blvd over near Adams. I could go into it, but it was over there wher I learned the meaning of getting 'curbed'. Now if you're dainty, skip to the next paragraph and agree me because I'm about to describe it. Everybody knows about being 'jumped in' and 'jumped out' of a gang. Basically about 7 of them beat you down until you can't stand up. That's child's play. You basically get curbed if you rat to the cops. What does that mean I asked? Well, you lay down in the street perpendicular to the and facing curb. You open your mouth and bite the concrete corner of the curb and somebody comes up behind you and kicks you in the back of the head. People who did this were afraid of Tookie.

I cannot wait until the founder of the Crips dies at the hands of the California justice system. This convict has actually convinced people that if you write some children's books, that you can redeem yourself for a quadruple murder conviction. That doesn't say much for the state of conviction these days. So long as he fries, I can handle it.

It's not surprising that the Coalition of the Damned is up in arms about this clemency drama, and quite frankly I'm not surprised that Jamie Foxx and others have a screw loose in this matter. Clearly, they don't know what Crips are all about. I discussed this sorry SOB here and over at africanamerican.org a month or so ago, and it's amazing the amount of BS excuses go into trying to make the case for clemency. Take this one for example:

Never mind the fact that Blacks make up the majority of the prison population because White cops are 6 times more likely to arrest a Black or Latino than a White offender. And never mind the fact that the police purposely go looking for Black criminal offenders while ignoring White criminal offenders.
Never mind the fact that the police don't do stings on White gangs because they know if it got on the news, it would tarnish the false image that "White people don't do crime". Never mind all of that, that is not important.

What is important is that Blacks are criminal animals, and that's all there is to it.

Nevermind? How about nevermind the Crips. So let's inteject a little sanity. And I'm going to break a rule here and bring back a whole lot more from a site than I usually do because I want people to get a handle on what gang violence is like in LA County. As you read this try to remember that this is just about one particularly notorius set out of hundreds of streetgangs.

Rollin' 60s N-Hood Crip Seattle Mariners
Seattle Mariners Cap

Sub Sets: All 60s are NHCs, but there are the Avenues and the Overhills that are west of West Blvd. Allie(s): Their allies include Neighborhood Crip sets such as 67 NHC, 55 NHC, and 46 NHC.

Brief History:Their main rival would be the Eight Tray Gangster Crips to the east. This would be the most intense rivalry between any two gangs in all of Los Angeles County. This rivalry goes back to 1979 and was the beginning to Crip infighting. This rivalry is discussed in Monster Kody's book Autobiography of an LA Gang Member and Donald Bakeer's book, Crips. It would be great to see a truce between these 2 sets, because so many other rivalries would come up under it and many lives would possibly be saved. Thus far nearly 400 members of both sets have died in the last 20 years and that does not include the bystanders caught in the cross fire. Also keep in mind that many of the decedents expired as a result of non-gang related circumstances such as car accident, suicide, natural causes and conflicts outside gang membership.

Comments:The Rollin 60s made news headlines when Tiequan Andrew Cox (b. 1966), who had purchased fake cocaine, sought revenge against the dealer when he mistaken a neighbor's house as the drug dealers. He was convicted in 1986 for committing a quadruple murder that occurred in 1984. The victims were the wrong targets and were related to former NFL Rams wide receiver Kermit Alexander. Cox, while on death row stabbed Stanley "Tookie" Williams in 1988. This act is depicted in the 2004 film Redemption starring Jamie Foxx but many suggested that the incident didn't play out as it did on the silver screen.

In 2003 City Attorney filed a gang injunction against the Rollin 60s Crips and they had specified 31 men that were members of the 60s, but some have suggested that the 60s were being unfairly targeted and some mentioned that the injunction included individuals that had not had police contact in several years. Below are some published articles about the injunctions.

Their main Blood rival would be the Van Ness Gangsters (VNG) to the north. Since the 60s attend Crenshaw High School, north of Slauson, they often clash with the VNGs and becasue the VNGs are a smaller gang with less membership, the Rollin 60s have been able to dominate the school population even though the high school is outside their turf.

The Rollin 60s also started a conflict with the School Yard Crips during the 1980s. This is an unusual conflict because gangs often rival with neighboring or adjacent gangs. But the Rollin 60s would show their dominance by hanging out at the World-on-Wheels skating ring on Venice in the neighborhood of the School Yard Crips uncontested many times. Although there were several shootings committed by the School Yard Crips, the Rollin 60s, for the most part maintained their dominance for several years there.

Other rivals would include all Hoovers, especially the 83 Hoover and 74 Hoover and all Gangster Crips that are hooked up with the ETGs, such as the 53 Avalon Gangster Crips and 43 Gangster Crips. The 60s and all the "Owes" were allied during the 1980s but that is not the case today.

Tookie deserves to die. Plain and simple. If he's such a saint, let's hurry him on his way to his everlasting reward." by Cobb


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Heck, Tookie Williams was on trial for killing a Caucasian male, and a Chinese family. In the event the Black people he is responsible for killing are thrown into the equation, only a fool from Black community would forgive such a set of circumstances.
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originally posted by Michael--Heck, Tookie Williams was on trial for killing a Caucasian male, and a Chinese family. In the event the Black people he is responsible for killing are thrown into the equation, only a fool from Black community would forgive such a set of circumstances.


Tookie Williams was on trial for a case that rested on the testimony of claimed accomplices and admitted informants, including a notorious jailhouse informant, all of whom were facing substantial prison time and even death for various offenses, and all of whom received either freedom or vastly reduced sentences for their testimony.

(Petition for Executive Clemency, Dated November 8, 2005, 9).
killers and gang bangers do not share their business with normal lawabiding citizens. So that means they hang with other scum who when caught will do or say anything to stay our of jail.

The best way to keep a secret is not to tell anyone or kill all the witnesses and accomplises. If you don't they will be at your trial.

Tookie being is ratted out by other bad actors is no surprise hence your momma said lie down with dogs wake-up with fleas Smile

So Monday is supposed to be decision day.
TOOKIE'S GIFT TO BLACK AMERICA:

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The hard fact is that since 1980, street gangs have killed 10,000 people in Los Angeles, which is three times the number of black people lynched throughout the United States between 1877 and 1900, the highest tide of racial murder in the history of the nation.
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Originally posted by Constructive Feedback:
TOOKIE'S GIFT TO BLACK AMERICA:

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The hard fact is that since 1980, street gangs have killed 10,000 people in Los Angeles, which is three times the number of black people lynched throughout the United States between 1877 and 1900, the highest tide of racial murder in the history of the nation.


Tookie's true gift to the Black Community

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My Letter To Incarcerated Youth, No. 2



What is the relationship between prisoner and guard? Is it slave versus master?

Foremost, the interactions between captor and captive can vary from person to person. All guards do not behave the same way; neither does every prisoner exhibit an identical pattern of behavior. But a relationship of any kind that is based on distrust, caution or fear will eventually give rise to open hostility.

In prison, the basis of the so-called relationship between guards and prisoners is that guards issue institutional orders and prisoners must comply – or the prisoners suffer the consequences. These consequences include prisoners being placed in solitary confinement in "The Hole," which is known as receiving "hole time," or prisoners are forced to comply through violence inflicted on prisoners.

In the matter of the master-slave concept, there are commonalities between a guard as master and a prisoner as slave.

Similarity between the guard's role and the master's role can be found in the guard's absolute power to control the prisoner. This control is carried out by enforcing rules on the prisoner; closely watching the prisoner to ensure compliance with those rules; punishing, abusing and, if need be, eliminating the prisoner through banishment to solitary confinement or through violence.

On the other hand, the resemblance of the prisoner to the slave is that both are subjected to strict rules, confined like animals, controlled, often brutalized physically as well as psychologically, and deprived of basic human rights.

Dare I take the master-slave connection a step further to point out that many people – of all races and ethnicities – have allowed themselves to be modern-day slaves. Indeed, a person does not have to be Black to exhibit a slave mentality. Unwittingly, too many of us – and it does not matter whether we are Black, Asian, Chicano or White – perpetuate "the Master's will" through our own self-hatred and destructive behavior. For those individuals who are in denial, here are some recognizable signs of self-perpetuation of slave behavior, be it in prison or in society.

Modern-Day Slave Traits

A modern-day slave will neglect to educate himself, which in turn creates mental slavery. (During slavery, Blacks were prohibited from learning to read or write. So, these days, everyone should take advantage of the opportunity to get an education.)
A modern-day slave will swindle and commit other crimes against his own people and others instead of helping to break the chains of poverty by earning an honest living.
A modern-day slave will perpetuate self-hate through committing violence on people of his same ethnicity, such as black-on-black violence, including murder, which is a form of genocide.
A modern-day slave will deal, buy and/or use drugs that will make him and others function as slaves (addicts) to drugs, slaves to misery and slaves to defeat.
A modern-day slave will adopt the wicked ways of the slave master, who disrespected and abused women.
A modern-day slave will abandon his children – leaving them for someone else to raise – just as the old masters abandoned Black children by selling them off to other slave owners, not caring about their fate.
A modern-day slave will foolishly commit crimes that cause him to end up behind bars, incarcerated, in mental and physical bondage.
Take a look at this list and then read it again. Look within yourself for any similarities and eliminate your modern-day slave traits. If you cannot admit to any of the seven signs, you are in denial. But all is not lost. The first step toward defeating a slave mentality begins with your acknowledgment that it exists.
Modern day slave or sleazy asshole still trying to excuse reprehensible behaviour?

When a person wraps himself in the cloak of a victim (the modern day slave)and spout this shit I must say I am touched lol

To claim that he had a modern day slave mentallity and that this was the cause of his acting out to violate the rights of the black community by creating the pox known as the crips just shows that he has not taken responsibility for his actions.

BE A MAN don't hide behind that "I had a slave mentality" shit!!
The Governator has until Monday night....

The Sunday Times December 11, 2005
Death row awaits judgment of Arnie
Tony Allen-Mills, New York

AFTER almost 25 years of waiting for the man who killed his brother to be executed for the crime, Wayne Owens is enduring a final weekend of uncertainty as California's governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, weighs one of the most difficult decisions he has faced since he gave up Hollywood for politics.

Schwarzenegger must decide by Monday night whether to grant clemency to Stanley "Tookie" Williams, a former Los Angeles gang leader who was sentenced to death in 1981 for murdering Owens's brother, Albert, and three other people in two robberies.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-1920210,00.html
yep...i guess the sadistic lust for revenge has been settled by this hick azz country....who knows how many lives he could have turned around....but I guess it is like when I make the black/white comparsions and people in here dismiss them....they do not want to be treated as equals and have accepted their second-class status......kinda like when I mentioned the asian lady who shot LaTasha Harlins in the back of the head....the so-called death penalty cheering squad went silent on that one....which just tells me the kind of people I am surrounded by.......sad indeed......
So, is he being blamed for every crime committed by the Crips now?? Confused Or do his crimes stop with the alleged murders that he was convicted of?

I watched an interview with a woman who supported the execution, and her reasoning was that he didn't deserve to be set free (let out of prison) because of the problems created by the Crips in her neighborhood and the crimes they've committed all over the country and because of the victims that have been left suffering because of the gang violence. This woman had lost 2 children to gangs.

Although I sympathized with her loss, I was disappointed that her reasoning was so flawed and that she showed some ignorance in that 1) there was no question about him ever "getting out" and two, she wanted him dead for crimes committed by someone else.

A statement from him on his website says that he ever envisioned that the gang he started would go countrywide, let alone in other parts of the world! And I'm sure he didn't ... but it did. And while he has a certain responsibility for that, should he also be responsible for every act committed by every member for the last 25 years?? Confused

I mean, maybe he should ... I'm just asking. Smile
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So, is he being blamed for every crime committed by the Crips now?? Confused Or do his crimes stop with the alleged murders that he was convicted of?

I watched an interview with a woman who supported the execution, and her reasoning was that he didn't deserve to be set free (let out of prison) because of the problems created by the Crips in her neighborhood and the crimes they've committed all over the country and because of the victims that have been left suffering because of the gang violence. This woman had lost 2 children to gangs.

Although I sympathized with her loss, I was disappointed that her reasoning was so flawed and that she showed some ignorance in that 1) there was no question about him ever "getting out" and two, she wanted him dead for crimes committed by someone else.

A statement from him on his website says that he ever envisioned that the gang he started would go countrywide, let alone in other parts of the world! And I'm sure he didn't ... but it did. And while he has a certain responsibility for that, should he also be responsible for every act committed by every member for the last 25 years?? Confused

I mean, maybe he should ... I'm just asking. Smile


Don'tcha know? That's the REAL reason why they killed him in the first place.
I'm sure most of the young people in this country that call themselves 'crips' or 'bloods' or whatever, do not and never have even known Tookie.

It is so easy to hate Black men in this country;and his persecution, condemnation, and execution was ONLY politics, and nothing more; as if the greater society of America, it's so-called justice system/justice industry, and politicians even give a damn about what Tookie did in the Black community or anything else horrible that takes place in the Black community, if anyone really did, then Tookie would have been sitting along side police officers, politicians, white collar criminals, and the governor of New Orleans right before his execution.
sunnubian,

I'll post this article as continuation of what you are saying philosophically speaking....which is correct as hell......

Would Tookie Have Been Executed If His Victims Were Black?
Compiled by the DiversityInc staff

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© 2005 DiversityInc.com
December 16, 2005

The majority of the inmates that have been put to death in California were white. But among the 27 victims of these 12 condemned prisoners, not a single one was black, which makes Michael Kroll, Alternet.org blogger and founding director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C., wonder what would have happened to Stanley "Tookie" Williams if his victims had been black.


The morning after Williams' death, Kroll spoke to inmates from the Bay Area County juvenile hall, where many of its young men were asked to mull this over.



"For many -- especially the African-American young men who comprise the majority of the children locked away in this juvenile hall -- Mr. Williams was a kind of folk hero. Most had read one or more of the books he wrote on death row urging youths to abandon their gang affiliations and to recognize the humanity that each of us possesses. Almost all had heard the thoughtful interviews he did on various radio shows," says Kroll.



While he prepared to meet with the young men from the maximum-security division, Kroll kept thinking of how different Williams' sentence would have been had his four victims been black. "The overwhelming likelihood is that he would still be alive today, one of the many anonymous convicted murderers who occupy our state prisons," he says. "The fact that not a single person has been executed in this state for killing an African-American is consistent with studies (referring to "The Impact of Legally Inappropriate Factors on Death Sentencing for California Homicides, 1990-'99," study in particular) across the country that show the death penalty is reserved primarily for those who kill white people."



As the discussion veered from the Williams execution to Saddam Hussein to Hitler, one young man asked about Jack the Ripper, "I told him that those crimes were committed in England more than a century ago, and that the man who did it was never caught. And when I added that his victims were prostitutes, the young African-American said, 'Oh well, who cares? They were just prostitutes.' This observation brought the discussion back to where we had begun," says Kroll. "When I connected his belief about prostitutes with the first theme -- how the criminal justice system devalues some people by placing extra value on others -- he asked if I were accusing him of racism. I answered: 'I am accusing you of ignorance, which is the prerequisite to racism. You have decided a class of people -- prostitutes -- are of less worth than you, just as the criminal justice system decides through its daily decisions that you are worth less than me.'
"Compton Records Its 68th Homicide

In the third killing this week, a teen allegedly stabs her sister. A minister vows to create a community task force and broker a gang truce.

By Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writer

December 15, 2005

A teenage girl allegedly stabbed to death her 15-year-old sister Wednesday morning on the edge of Compton, the third homicide this week in a city that has had at least 68 killings this year, far outpacing the rest of Southern California and its own recent homicide rates.

The stabbing "” apparently the result of a family dispute "” took place shortly before 9 a.m. in the 14000 block of North Central Avenue. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies arrived to find the 17-year-old alleged assailant on the front lawn with her sister, Carmen Duncan, 15, who was fatally wounded, authorities said. Sheriff's deputies detained the suspect, whose name they have not released because she is a minor. They said she told investigators that she and her sister had been involved in a fight.

The latest homicide came within days of two fatal shootings, one Tuesday night that killed Derrick Richard, 23, and left another man wounded. In another double shooting Sunday, Lubrina Pullard, 17, was killed and her boyfriend wounded as they sat in a parked car on a residential street.

The rise in violence this year in Compton has been "absolutely incredible, absolutely too much death," said the Rev. Carl Washington, a former assemblyman who represented the area until forced out by term limits in 2003. "All around town today people are saying, 'Why are so many people dying in this city?' That's what we have to answer."

In addition to the deaths reported within the city limits, at least nine other homicides have taken place in unincorporated areas just outside Compton. The vast majority of the killings have been blamed by sheriff's officials on gangs.

Washington announced Wednesday that he intended to create a community task force to respond to the violence, including efforts to broker a truce among the city's many active street gangs. Washington, who helped mediate a gang truce in the early 1990s in Watts, said he believed that the time had come to try again.

"We're calling on gang members to cease-fire," he said, standing alone on the city's concrete civic plaza to address half a dozen television cameras.

His message to gang members: "You are killing innocent people. Let the people live decent lives here."

Washington said he planned to bring together a coalition of ministers, community activists and city officials to reach out to local troublemakers.

At the same time, Washington said, residents have to tell law enforcement personnel what they know about crimes in their community.

"It takes good citizens to step forward and get involved," even if that means turning in a relative who committed a crime, he said.

Washington later surveyed the square, adorned by murals of civil rights leaders that, like the nearby Compton City Hall sign, bear the scars of frequent graffiti.

As he watched passersby go about their business, some shouting hello to their former assemblyman, Washington shrugged with frustration at so many years of so little change in the city of 10 square miles and about 96,000 people.

"It's small enough that you'd think the problems could be dealt with," he said. "I feel like everybody's asleep and haven't woke up.... Am I the only one awake?"

Copyright 2005 Los Angeles Times"

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.....with respect to the reality of Compton, California, regarding Black on Black senseless killing, apparantly the words of wisdom, books, etc., etc., haven't reached the individuals who truly need his direction and/or advice. Apparantly today's Crips, Bloods, etc., are thinking if at all, Tookie Who, Tookie What, Never Heard of Him....

The many remaining young Black people who lead productive lives, are already doing the constructive, and they don't need a Tookie Williams, or any other gangmember, felon, murderer, death row inmate, ambulance chasing no good Reverend Sleazy Jesse Jackson, etc., etc.. to set them straight.

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No one may ever even see this but after by accident finding this on the web I created an id to use once to say this. First I am "White" and everyone here may feel my input isn't needed. I don't know any gang members don't know anyone affected by the killing of those people all those years ago either... but I have been to war, and allow me to be the first to tell you that it was JUST a war for african americans to fight. I went and I fought in this past war and in afghanistan and bosnia - Whites Blacks Hispanics and many others of differing ethnic origins all fought there all were affected all were harmed or killed - and guess what else they all did? They all bled the same color of red. My views on what he did are close to your own maybe he deserves to die.. maybe not but who has the right to judge him? The white man in the black robe? A black man in a black robe? Maybe a Black man in a white robe should? Or even a white man in a white robe, would that be better? Or maybe someone from someplace else should do it? Who doesn't look anything like any of us? But wait.... I don't think it matters does it... your blood is just as red as mine or the white man in the black robe or the guy who looks nothing like us who decided that this fellow should die. Me I know what color my bood is, its red I found out when I was shot twice defending the last four memebers of my unit, a white guy with a tan uniform two black guys with tan uniforms and a tan guy whose nationailty I have no idea about, funny isn't it? I just know I can't judge because I have seen enough death and destruction in my life due to someone elses orders but your right Saddam was a monster and maybe this guy is too may god have mercey on him goodnight

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