Stanley "Tookie" Williams
Police agencies in the Central Valley are downplaying the influence that death row inmate Stanley "Tookie" Williams has had on local gangs.
Gangs are so prevalent in the Central Valley that many police departments have special units that monitor and investigate their activity.
Modesto Police Department spokesman Rick Applegate says "Tookie" Williams is a non-entity among area gangs.
"We've heard a lot about the impact that he has supposedly had on the gang community. However in this area I'm not aware that he's had any impact at all."
Lieutenant Tom Sweeney of the Sacramento Police Department was succinct when asked if there is any indication Williams had discouraged anyone from gang activity.
"No, we have not."
A spokesman for the Stockton Police Department says Williams has only had a negative effect on local gangs. The spokesman says even though it was founded in Los Angeles, the "Crips" gang to this day spawns criminal activity in Stockton.
Governor Schwarzenegger is considering clemency for Williams who is scheduled for execution at twelve oh one A-M Tuesday.