Thursday, March 14, 2019

Capital Punishment Stopped -- March 14, 2019

The Annals of San Francisco by Frank Soulé, John H. Gihon, James Nisbet. 1855.
Governor Gavin Newsom has blocked implementation of the death penalty in California.  It discriminates against people of color, poor people and mentally ill people.  If it is applied by mistake, it cannot be reversed.  I agree with him, although there are some people who probably deserve their sentences.

Samuel Whittaker and Robert McKenzie were hanged by San Francisco's 1851 Committee of Vigilance for "burglary, robbery and arson."  On 24-August-1851, members of the committee took the men from their cells in the county jail on Broadway and hanged them outside the windows of the committee's rooms on Battery Street.

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