first_img “Regardless of the governor’s decision, we must not succumb to violence,” Wesson said. Despite the concerns, Los Angeles police have received no credible threats of possible violence no matter the outcome of Williams’ case, according to Lt. Paul Vernon, a department spokesman. Police have no plans to deploy more officers or step up security, he said. “We don’t want to unduly concern the community over unconfirmed rumors,” he said. Officers question the depth of Williams’ support among local street gangs, Vernon added, saying the Death Row inmate had been unfamiliar previously to many younger generation gang members. Sheriff Lee Baca had no immediate comment, said department spokesman Deputy Steve Suzuki. Calls to Williams’ representatives were not immediately returned. Williams’ backers say his teachings from prison – through a series of books and talks by phone – have persuaded many to avoid gangs. Many celebrities have joined his cause, saying he has redeemed himself on death row. Williams, 51, was convicted of killing Yen-I Yang, 76, Tsai-Shai Chen Yang, 63, and Yu-Chin Yang Lin, 43, in a robbery at a Los Angeles motel the family owned. Albert Owens, 26, a 7-Eleven clerk, was gunned down in a separate robbery in Whittier. Last week, the California Supreme Court rejected a request to reopen Williams’ case amid defense claims that he was connected to at least three of the killings by shoddy forensics. The U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts have ruled against Williams, whose 1981 death sentenced would be commuted to life without parole should the governor approve clemency.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Wary of public anger over Stanley Tookie Williams’ pending execution, local leaders on Friday called for peace if the Crips gang co-founder is put to death next week for four shotgun murders in Los Angeles County. Authorities have received reports of possible plans to commit violence if Williams is denied clemency, calling the threats a “credible concern.” “What we picked up is enough to make us believe that there will be an attempt in some isolated places for violence,” Robin Toma, executive director of the county’s Commission on Human Relations, said at a news conference at City Hall. Toma declined to provide further details, but said schools and various county areas could be targeted. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has yet to decide whether to grant Williams clemency in the 1979 murders. Williams, who is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison, would be the 12th inmate executed since California reinstated the death penalty in 1977. In Los Angeles, four City Council members urged calm in the next several days while asking local religious leaders to promote peace among their congregants and open their churches to those upset by the case. Though community opinions about Williams vary, even a small group could provoke widespread civil unrest, said Councilman Bernard Parks. He alluded to the 1992 Los Angeles riots that followed the acquittal of white police officers in the beating of African-American motorist Rodney King. “All you need is a few to disrupt the entire city,” Parks said. Councilman Herb Wesson implored Williams’ supporters to follow his message of nonviolence. last_img

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