The Gang's All Here (and a few gunshots!) as Tookie is Laid to Rest

CRIPS CO-FOUNDER TOOKIE WILLIAMS WAS LAID TO REST TODAY,
VIDEO HERE

The Tookie Legacy:

In 2004 alone, in the City of Los Angeles alone, gang-related crimes accounted for 291 homicides, 717 attempted homicides, 2616 felony assaults, 61 attacks on police officers, 2308 robberies, 44 kidnappings, 36 rapes, 754 acts of witness intimidation, 20 acts of extortion, and 188 carjackings.

After the ceremony today the crowd dropped to the ground…
after what sounded like gunshots.


Members of the ‘Crips’ gang sit in the parking lot outside the Bethel A.M.E. Church listening to speakers during the funeral of Stanley Tookie Williams in Los Angeles December 20, 2005. The 51-year-old Williams co-founded the Crips gang and was convicted for murder, but advocated against gang life after he was sent to prison. He was put to death by lethal injection December 13 after California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to commute his sentence. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Hundreds of gang members, activists and Hip Hop artists joined in to remember quadruple murderer Tookie Williams today in Los Angeles:

Celebrities from hip-hop star Snoop Dogg to motivational speaker Tony Robbins lamented the execution of Stanley Tookie Williams at a funeral Tuesday that drew hundreds to the violence-wracked area where Williams founded the murderous Crips gang three decades ago.

Under heavy police presence, mourners including gang members flashing hand signs waited in line to enter the 1,500-seat Bethel AME Church for a ceremony that stretched more than four hours.

After the service, many of those outside the church dropped to the ground after hearing what sounded like three gunshots about a block away, but there were no injuries and no arrests.

Vendors sold T-shirts with Williams’ picture, and a large TV set up in the parking lot allowed the overflow crowd to watch the service. Williams was executed Dec. 13 despite clemency pleas from celebrities and others who said he had rededicated his life to peace.

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, Bianca Jagger, Snoop Dogg, and Tony Robbins spoke during the four hour service.

Members of the ‘Eastside Crips’ flash gang signs while arriving to the Bethel A.M.E. church for the funeral of Stanley Tookie Williams in Los Angeles December 20, 2005. The 51-year-old Williams co-founded the Crips gang and was convicted for murder, but advocated against gang life after he was sent to prison. He was put to death by lethal injection December 13 after California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to commute his sentence. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Here is information that was “not” brought up at the funeral of Tookie Williams:

In 1971, Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams, along with Raymond Lee Washington, founded one of the most violent and predatory street gangs ever known, the Crips. As a result of Williams’ actions, this gang is now active throughout the United States, as well as other countries across the globe, according to the Lost Angeles District Attorney’s office.

In response to Williams’ petition for clemency, the District Attorney reported to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger the damage caused society by the Crips gang:

This gang is responsible for the regular commission of crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, and drug sales. The gang has taken over large areas of many of our communities. As a result, hard-working, law abiding citizens are forced to live in daily fear that gang members might take their lives.

In 2004 alone, in the City of Los Angeles alone, gang-related crimes accounted for 291 homicides, 717 attempted homicides, 2616 felony assaults, 61 attacks on police officers, 2308 robberies, 44 kidnappings, 36 rapes, 754 acts of witness intimidation, 20 acts of extortion, and 188 carjackings.

Louis Farrakhan gave a rousing eulogy for the Crips Co-founder:

Farrakhan called Williams “the patron saint of all those struggling in gang life.”

“Stan was a sincere and committed and redeemed soul,” Farrakhan said. “He became Stan the man, Stan the redeemed man. . . . He will be greater in death than he ever was in life.”

Michelle Malkin also has more on the Tookie Williams saga.

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