Troy Davis’ execution

This video from the USA is about the execution of Troy Davis.

See also here. And here. And here.

Whatever you think about whether Troy Davis, whom the state of Georgia executed last night, was guilty of the crime for which he was convicted, it is unconscionable that the United States Supreme Court fails to have the courage to declare the death penalty unconstitutional: here.

Students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor protested the execution of Troy Davis Wednesday night in Georgia after the US Supreme Court refused to order a stay of his execution: here.

Beyond Troy Davis: How Race Colors Death Row “Justice”: here.

A UN human rights investigator has called on Georgia and Texas to halt the upcoming executions of two mentally disabled men: here.

5 thoughts on “Troy Davis’ execution


    We Are All Troy Davis!
    A statement from the Campaign to End the Death Penalty
    Thursday, September 22, 2011

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    “In honor of Troy Davis and his family, we will continue stand up and build the struggle against the death penalty and the whole INjustice system!”
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    The Campaign to End the Death Penalty is deeply horrified and grief stricken at the murder of Troy Davis by the State of Georgia on September 21, 2011 at 11:08 PM — despite a worldwide movement of unprecedented numbers of people calling for a halt to the execution.

    We are left asking how it could be that seven of nine witnesses can recant and change their testimonies from Troy’s trial, yet the courts still refused to grant him any relief. There was no physical evidence tying Troy to the 1989 shooting Savannah, Georgia police officer Mark Allan MacPhail — no DNA evidence, no murder weapon, no fingerprints. He was convicted based solely on the testimony of these witnesses.

    How could it be that Troy was found guilty based on the testimony of these witnesses, yet they had no credibility when they later came forward to say that the police coerced and even threatened them into saying that Troy was guilty?

    Troy spent 22 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. We strongly believe that Troy was innocent. As he maintained during his final words in the execution chamber, “I’d like to address the MacPhail family. Let you know, despite the situation you are in, I’m not the one who personally killed your son, your father, your brother, I am innocent.”

    We are appalled and disgusted that the parole board, the courts in Georgia, and the U.S. Supreme Court all denied Troy the relief that he so clearly deserved.

    But we are not surprised — we have learned the hard way that innocence does not matter within our justice system. The U.S. Supreme Court itself has stated that innocence is not enough when seeking relief from the courts in death penalty cases.

    Barring the court system — could anyone else have stepped in for Troy?

    President Barack Obama declined to speak on the case, stating through his Press Secretary Jay Carney, that the he “has worked to ensure accuracy and fairness in the criminal justice system” and that, “it was not appropriate for the President of the United States to weigh in on specific cases like this one, which is a state prosecution.”

    We disagree. The President is one of the most powerful people in the world — he has the authority to force change within the criminal justice system. He should have something to say when a state is about to execute an innocent person.

    Even with all the evidence of his innocence, Troy was called a criminal, strapped down to a gurney, where he waited for hours while the courts deliberated — and then he was finally killed.

    We recognize that this gruesome act is not an unusual occurrence in a system of capital punishment that does not care about the racism and bias against the poor which is endemic in it. We know that the people who maintain the system of capital punishment are so desperate to keep it that they aren’t willing to admit when they have made a mistake.

    Troy’s case may not be unique in this sense — but in another way it is different than the vast majority of executions that have happened over the years. Troy’s case generated the biggest outpouring of solidarity, support and activism witnessed against a death penalty case in modern times.

    Truly, the whole world was watching Georgia these last few days. As Martina Correia, Troy’s sister and champion, put it, “Troy Davis has impacted the world. They say ‘I am Troy Davis’ in languages he can’t speak.”

    From the close to 1 million petition signatures sent to the Georgia Parole Board to spare Troy’s life, to the many thousands of people who joined Facebook pages and tweeted for Troy, to the thousands who demonstrated all over the world over the last week — the scale of activism for Troy was something many of us in the abolition movement have never witnessed before.

    Last week members of the CEDP traveled to Atlanta, Georgia where we participated in a march and rally for Troy. Over three thousand others rallied to demand that the execution be stopped.

    Campaign member and former prisoner Mark Clements gave a heartfelt speech on behalf of Troy.

    “I spent 28 year in prison for a crime that I did not commit, I know how Davis is feeling, he’s scared, that’s why I am here, because I know how he feels, I feel his pain, I have witnessed men facing execution and they are scared,” Clements told the crowd.

    Fighting hard to control his emotions, he went on to state that the NEW JIM CROW is about people like Troy, confined inside of prisons for crimes they never committed, and they need us! We the people to help them like never before.”

    There were rallies all over the world for Troy on Wednesday evening. Outside the Jackson prison, waiting to hear whether Troy would live or die, hundreds of people gathered and chanted “You say death row, we say HELL NO!”

    That is the spirit we have to go forward with now. The fight is not over, despite the worst of the worst taking place last night. It was Troy’s last wish that his family and friends continue to fight even after his death.

    As Troy told his supporters in a letter,

    “There are so many more Troy Davis’. This fight to end the death penalty is not won or lost through me but through our strength to move forward and save every innocent person in captivity around the globe. We need to dismantle this Unjust system city by city, state by state and country by country.”

    Troy Davis, who contributed so much to our movement and to the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, will be sorely missed and deeply grieved.

    In a touching moment yesterday, Troy’s sister Martina, assisted by others, stood up out of her wheelchair, saying, “I’m going to stand here for my brother.”

    In honor of Troy Davis and his family, we will continue stand up and build the struggle against the death penalty and the whole INjustice system!


  2. Last choice taken from death row

    UNITED STATES: Texan prisoners on death row will lose the right to choose their last meal after a state senator complained that a man executed on Wednesday had ordered an expensive dinner and not eaten it.

    “It is extremely inappropriate to give a person sentenced to death such a privilege,” John Whitmire said, leading prison officials to confirm today that the “last meal” prerogative, documented as far back as ancient Rome, was history.

    Other states in the US continue the practice, although some have introduced price ceilings on the meals.


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