troy anthony davis

I usually don't talk about serious, political or news-related issues on my blog. I feel like there are so many news outlets in the world, why would you come to my blog to read about it? But, as it is my place to release my thoughts, today is going to be serious. If that's not what you're looking for today, feel free to check back tomorrow.

Last night, a great tragedy and social injustice occurred. At 7 p.m. last night, Troy Anthony Davis was supposed to be executed for a 1989 killing of a Savannah, Georgia police officer. In the eleventh hour, the Supreme Court met to rule on a request from Troy's lawyers to issue a stay. To give him the justice he deserved. But, after a long, anxious wait, we learned his latest fate: the stay was denied. He was set to die.

At 11:08 p.m., Troy was pronounced dead.

Let's look at the facts of this case. In the twenty-plus years since his conviction, the prosecution against Troy has fallen apart. Originally, nine witnesses pegged him as the killer. Gradually, seven of those nine witnesses either recanted or contradicted their testimony. Some of those witnesses even said the police threatened them until they gave Troy's name. A New York Times piece states:
Seven of nine witnesses against Mr. Davis recanted after trial. Six said the police threatened them if they did not identify Mr. Davis. The man who first told the police that Mr. Davis was the shooter later confessed to the crime. There are other reasons to doubt Mr. Davis’s guilt: There was no physical evidence linking him to the crime introduced at trial, and new ballistics evidence broke the link between him and a previous shooting that provided the motive for his conviction.
Troy's execution has been delayed three times already, the last one being in 2008. The family of slain Officer Mark MacPhail are looking for justice in Troy's execution. But this is my real question: does killing another man bring justice to the one who has been killed? Does it ease the pain or fill the gap that is left in your heart. Does another man's death really make you sleep more easily at night? As Mahatma Gandhi once said, "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

For twenty-plus years, Troy has been trying to prove his innocence. Thousands, including Pope Benedict XVI and former president Jimmy Carter, have written letters to try to exonerate Troy. And still, the state of Georgia has denied everything, stating he doesn't have enough evidence to prove his innocence.

But they don't have enough evidence to prove his guilt.

My mind is boggled, and my heart is heavy. A possibly innocent man is now dead.

Our country failed Troy Anthony Davis. Our justice system has done him wrong. And now, there's nothing left to be done. He's dead.

If you stuck with me until the end of this text-heavy post, I thank you. I'm glad I got to share the story of the social injustice of Troy Anthony Davis. His last message, provided through Amnesty International, reads:
The struggle for justice doesn't end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me. I'm in good spirits and I'm prayerful and at peace. But I will not stop fighting until I've taken my last breath.
We will continue to fight for the other Troy Davises out there, in memory of a man who left us too soon. May there be justice where he has gone.



If you're interested in learning more about Troy Anthony Davis or any of the work that Amnesty International has done, go to their website. It's worth it.

6 comments:

  1. I'm not at all familiar with this case, or with Troy Davis. I'm not saying he's innocent, or guilty, but I will say this...killing one innocent man by means of capital punishment is enough to make me against capital punishment all together.

    Thank you for sharing!

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  2. I'm glad you wrote this. I'm not usually one to talk about many political things. However, the thought of a possibly innocent man being put to death is a hard thing to think about. I can't imagine what his family is going through right now.

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  3. Thank you for taking a break and writing about something as extremely important as this. It was heartbreaking to witness these injustices and over many years. I watched the Amnesty live feed last night and couldn't stop crying. Is this what our country has come to? I know it's GA and it's conservative, but come on. Two wrongs don't make a right. This has made just an impact in our country and throughout the world. It's yet another thing to peg us as corrupt Americans. I just hope the fight doesn't end.

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  4. I like "serious Alex"! Comes from the heart! Innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around-- that's what our criminal legal system is founded upon.

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  5. please dont hate me that I have no idea anything about this case or this person and I heard his name a couple times this week but that is all...
    i am ashamed, its true.

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  6. Thank you for sharing this. We def need more awareness.
    Have a great weekend!

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