Damian “Football” Williams speaks on the LA Riots from prison

By Alex A. Alonso
Streetgangs.com Staff Writer
May 6, 2012 | 5:55 a.m. PST

Los Angeles — The person found most responsible for the brutal beating of truck driver Reginald Denny during the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, Damian “Football” Williams has spoke out on this 20th anniversary of the Uprising. Williams was sentenced to 10-years for his role in the beating which included throwing a blunt object at Denny’s face which was followed by a brief dance.

Williams was acquitted of attempted murder charges but was found guilty of mayhem against Denny and of misdemeanor assaults on others, based on what was captured on video.

Williams, then 19, and a member of the Eight Tray Gangster Crips (ETG) admits to making “many mistakes and errors.” He was released from prison in 1997 but in 2000 he was accused of participating in the murder of Grover Tinner, 48 and former 74 Hoover, who ran a crack house on Gage Ave in South Los Angeles.

Williams and his accomplice, Tyrone Killingsworth, a former Shotgun Crips member from Gardena were both found guilty in 2003 for their roles in Tinner’s death. Williams was sentenced to 51 years in prison even though he was not the trigger person and Killingsworth received 130 years in prison.

Jasmyne Cannick interviewed Williams who is currently serving his time in California State Prison, Calipatria.


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Alex Alonso is an author, film maker, founder of Streetgangs.com, and a criminal trial consultant. He is a contributing author in the book Black Los Angeles: American Dreams Racial Realities (New York University Press). He can be reached via email, toll free at 800-249-1324 or on Twitter.

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37 Comments for “Damian “Football” Williams speaks on the LA Riots from prison”

  1. Brother Man

    What the hell this guy was thinking of with a fine blank wife, like valnecia. now she got to find another guy to live her life with, it should be me.

  2. michael

    Idiots just smart idiots

  3. POP

    Where’s the story about the prison riots?Duhh

  4. POP

    Okay no prison riots. but when will we hear his side of the story? We put it out there but we never hear from the accused. Yet we call this News, more like propaganda.

    • Sixpack

      How did he survive all this time? The Mexican Mafia put a hit out on him.

      • Big Jojo

        Click click with the ride boy. Unohow we do. Westside ride clique. Same ol

      • Guzman

        How you going to take the day game away from non blacks? Where you going to get it from? Blacks don’t control any country that exports it. If you were smart you would let them keep the d game and teach blacks to get an education so they don’t need the game but your to dumb for that. Mexicans run the game the biggest black dboys get their ish from a Mexican

      • Jlove

        Whatever! Your Soft blank ain’t taking over ish in Little Havana, you Busta blank Big Mouth All talk No Paper, Rotten Mouth Hoe! Suck my Tamales Bb. DonJuan stra8-0 FTN

      • GANGSTA MOOD

        CUZ BIG BRO IS A LOK AND GOD GOT HIS BACK. HE CALLIN!!! ???? ????

      • mostknownunknown

        That outta tell you something. Eme puts a hit out and he’s still alive?? Yeah…

        • Jlove

          Yeah, that tells you he’s a soft blank PC chick.
          Ps. Make that a Soft blank DEAD chick!
          #What_Comes_Around….
          #LiveLikeA_chickliveLikeAchick
          #Damn_Karma!YouA_m’fer!

        • Jlove

          He ain’t breathing anymore Biatch. The Prophet Sees All. Who got next?

        • HCG

          Damian is a PC so he’s out of there reach

  5. Mac

    Keep smiling, football head. Only 41 years to go!

    And how about that hit on him? What happened to that?

  6. Vernon Tweed

    f DAMIAN ” Football ” Williams. Williams should be beaten just like Reginald Denny. What a .P !!. GO f YOURSELF !!!!

  7. JUDDLFLS

    This guy should have been lynched.

  8. Homey Hunter

    Black people get so hostile so quickly. Go f a chimpanzee.

  9. Jimmyj

    You are an ignorant hateful racist

  10. Eddie V

    This kid had so much potential, and he wasted it on gang life. Let this be a lesson to all of you young men growing up in the jungles of L.A. Remember, you always have options, never take the easy way out.

    • Ben Dover

      Edlive V, your a piece of ish you know that. That puppy dog, Williams, should be taken out back and shot!

      • Geo J. Llov II.

        Ben, this is a white guy now, shut up you fing piece of ish! Out of all the Bullish comments here, you talk ish to the only person talking sense, and respectfully. You’re no different than the rest. ALL YOU RACIST chickES, WHITE BLACK AND UNDECIDED BELONG TOGETHER! Maybe you’ll take each other out and leave the decent folks in peace.
        f A RACIST chick!!!

  11. sergio alvarez

    I work at the Calipatria prison and D.W. is in protective custody for many reasons. He has been sexually blankaulted and gang raped more than once. He has learned that he is not as tuff when it is 5 against 1 and he does not have the five. I also found out when someone came to visiy him that he was a star on the freshman team because he scored 5 touthdowns. Big deal. He dropped out of school and was never a star. Very sad that the newspapers have given him the satisfaction of being called a star when he was nothing more than a freshman.

    • JMak

      I hope what you wrote is true. I dont understand why this cowardly criminal is almost heralded and regarded with a level of prestige as an activist. He’s a racist who attacked a man purely because he was white then blankaulted him while he was helpless. Then participates in a murder shortly after being released from prison. People like that dont deserve to be a burden on the tax payer and swift capital punishment should be an option.

    • Craig "Creeper" Tussell

      You know dam well you don’t really work there. Quit yo lyin! And DW was a real star unlike your sorry blank going home everyday to jerk off to playboy!

  12. ChrisJones

    Who cares if dude was a superstar in high school, dudes always doing that dumb s***. If you didn’t make it to the NFL, then your high school career is a cute little anecdote. Regardless he didn’t do anything with his life so I hope he’s enjoying reminiscing on his long gone football shine while he sits in prison

  13. doug keehner

    too bad you didn’t k your colored thug rival before ruining a productive, law abiding
    white man’s life. I truly wish we could meet some day so I might crush your worthless empty colored nappy haired head with my hands. you’re not worth a brick. I did my time at nsp, wish I had a friend in ca. my people would love to dance with you, boy.
    your friend,
    doug

  14. Jlove

    BOO!!! chick!!! LET’S HANDLE THIS LIKE MEN THEN chick! CHECK YOUR FBEMAIL. THAT’S WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME, “HONKEY HUNTER”, shut up YOU LITTLE ILLITERATE SOFT chick!
    Sincerely, A White Guy_Named Geo J. Llov II.

  15. Head Cleats

    Hows the prison you smart coward?

  16. RevenJA

    I WILL PAY FOR SOMEONE TO f THIS f EVERYDAY NOW .f THAT f. REPLY IF YOU KNOW WHO I CAN PAY

  17. Dcc2ndStreetMob

    Remember pickin him up from his moms house 4 school when he lived in Pedro.. His mom didnt play no games. Keep ya head up “D’Money” ?

  18. Dcc2ndStreetMob

    The Young Hommie gets a slap on the wrist for the Denny situation..then gets stretched for some BS he didnt do when he got out..? Keep ya head up “D’Money”

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