The controversial execution of Troy Davis at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson has sparked a firestorm of protest nationwide. Many people believe that an innocent man was put to death by lethal injection Wednesday at 11:08 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. As the Associated Press notes, a famous gallery of Troy Davis supporters have voiced their outrage over what they believe to be a miscarriage of justice.
Troy Davis given death penalty for 1989 slaying
Troy Davis, 42, was executed via lethal injection for the 1989 slaying of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail, who was off-duty at the time, working as a security guard. MacPhail was shot as he was rushing to aid a homeless man who was under attack. Davis was accused of being the gunman, yet he maintained his innocence until the end. Seven of nine witnesses against Davis reportedly recanted their testimony and admitted that they believed him innocent, too.
The public stood by him
Everyday people like Rashaan Sharif, 62, set their daily routines aside to show support, reports the AP.
“I took off from work and I’m losing a day’s pay, but it’s a worthy cause,” Sharif said. “It’s definitely a worthy cause. People need to stand up for truth and justice.”
Nicolas Krameyer of Amnesty International said that the denial of clemency for Troy Davis by Georgia’s pardons board amounted to a “miscarriage of justice.”
“Everyone who looks a little bit at the case knows that there is too much doubt to execute him,” said Krameyer with Amnesty International, adding the decision by Georgia’s pardons board to deny clemency was a “miscarriage of justice.”
Celebrities continue to carry the torch
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter told reporters that the execution of Troy Davis “will spur us as a nation toward the total rejection of capital punishment,” according to the Daily Mail. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Mia Farrow were stunned by the execution, calling it an “injustice.” Farrow writes,
“I love my country, but tonight we can only be stunned, saddened, disgusted and deeply ashamed.”
Actor Alec Baldwin was considerably more vocal.
“The U.S. death penalty humiliates us in the eyes of much of the world,” Baldwin tweeted. “For all you blood-thirsty right wing trash out there tonight, the point is he may have been innocent. Get it now? Every sensible American is appalled when police officer is killed. But the attendant charges are grave. You don’t want 2 kill an innocent man.”
‘What country are we living in?’
Associated Press: http://wapo.st/pxbVud
Daily Mail: http://bit.ly/q3kPYn
Toronto Sun: http://www.torontosun.com/2011/09/22/celebrities-join-troy-davis-protest
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