Yet another try to hurry up executions on California’s death row has drawn $12,500 from the San Diego Police Officers Association’s political action committee. In addition to hastening their demise, the measure would put death-row inmates to work while they waited.
The initiative was submitted for signature-gathering last year by retired NFL star Kermit Alexander, who lost four family members in a bungled 1984 contract killing. A measure to repeal the death penalty is being backed by M.A.S.H. star Mike Farrell.
A previous Farrell attempt to do away with execution in 2012 drew the backing of a host of La Jolla Democrats, including billionaire Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs and the San Diego chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which kicked in $100,000.