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Williams became the de facto leader and the prominent crime boss in South Central in the s. The highly publicized trial of Williams and extensive appeals for clemency sparked debate on the status of the death penalty in California. On December 13, , Williams was executed by lethal injection after extensive appeals for clemency and a four-week stay of execution were both rejected by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. His father abandoned the family when Williams was just a year old, and in , Williams moved with his mother to Los Angeles , California , and settled in the city's South Central region. As Williams' mother worked several jobs to support them, Williams was a latchkey kid and often engaged in mischief on the streets. He recalled that, as a child, he would hang out in abandoned houses and vacant lots around his neighborhood in South Central where he would watch adults get drunk, abuse drugs , gamble and engage in pit bull fights. Williams stated that after the adults finished the dog fighting they would make the children fight each other, including himself.
Stanley "Tookie" Williams was born on this date in He was an African American gang leader, author, and community organizer.
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His father, Stanley Williams, Jr. Bored at home, Williams wandered the streets and through fighting, made a name for himself. He did not attend school and instead engaged in petty theft and occasional robbery. Eventually meeting Raymond Washington who had a similar lifestyle, the two teenagers started a group that would act as a neighborhood watch and protect their families and homes. By that group evolved into the Crips with fifteen-year-old Williams and Washington leading it. The Crips membership grew exponentially over the years. By there were 45 Crip gangs numbering 20, members in Los Angeles County alone.
Stanley Tookie Williams was an American gangster who moved to Los Angeles at a young age and immediately became immersed in the street life. Williams and a friend created the "Crips" gang and would eventually be arrested and convicted of murder associated with the gang's activity. Williams' mother, who was only 17 when he was born, was left to care for Williams alone after his father abandoned the family. In , Williams and his mother left New Orleans and headed to Los Angeles, California, by Greyhound bus in the hopes of achieving a better way of life. Williams later recalled the affluent-looking South Central neighborhood where they rented their first apartment as "a shiny red apple rotting away at the core. Finding the street "more interesting than being at home," Williams began wandering the neighborhood at age six. As the new kid on the block, Williams had to quickly learn how to defend himself from neighborhood bullies, and was often thrown into the middle of physical conflicts.
Crips , street gang based in Los Angeles that is involved in various illegal activities, notably drug dealing, theft, extortion , and murder. The group, which is largely African American , is traditionally associated with the color blue. The Crips gained national attention for their bitter rivalry with the Bloods. Others claim that Washington, inspired by the Black Panthers , formed a political group in that evolved into a street gang. Numerous explanations have been offered for the revised name. A third explanation is that Crips is short for cripple , a reference to the fact that some of the early members used canes or that they crippled their enemies.