Saturday, December 10, 2005

LA Fears Riots If Tookie Executed

From the NBCTV.4 Website with an assist from Drudge.

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.
Ok. Am I missing something here? To me it appears that The Gov Terminator should let the judged punishment be meted out if, for no other reason, than our government (be it National, State or Local) should not succumb to threats of terrorism.

If Tookie has reformed, let him rise now and make a statement against evil and violence. Let him say to those that will listen, that he accepts whatever his fate might be, and those that are left behind should do as well. Maybe by doing that he could save a few lives...otherwise he is just another remorseless murdered sitting his ass behind bars wishing he hadn't been caught.

Do I expect riots? Yep. Do I expect deaths? Yep. A few dozen. Is this horrible? Yep. Is it avoidable? No. Even if clemency is granted in this case and no riot ensues at this particular time, we will have very bad people believing that their threats of violence bear legally endorsed fruit. This is a slope paved with ice under Teflon soled slippers. The deaths will occur. The question is when, and what must we sacrifice in between a Tookie execution and the next high profile and unpopular judgment in Los Angeles.

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