Remembering Troy Davis
In a lot of people’s eyes Troy Davis’ ordeal will be a catalyst to abolish capital punishment in the U.S.
Back in 1991, despite much reasonable doubt, Davis was found guilty and sentenced to die by lethal injection for the killing of an off-duty Caucasian cop 2 years earlier.
Although his conviction eventually began to fall apart – 7 of 9 prosecution witnesses recanted testimonies, signing affidavits stating they were coerced by the pigs, and there was no physical evidence linking him to the murder – Troy was never granted a retrial.
“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!” determined the courageous Georgian last Wednesday night just prior to being injected with the lethal combination of toxic-tonics that concluded the premeditated, state-sponsored murder of a probably innocent man.
On Saturday, millions of compassionate supporters worldwide celebrated the life of Troy Anthony Davis as he was returned to the essence in his native Savannah, Georgia after a ‘Celebration Of Life’ service at Jonesville Baptist Church earlier in the morning.
“Stand with those who know in their hearts that what happened last week was wrong!!!” vented Solsista, an irate observer. “Justice is not always absolute, meaning not always right, in this ‘great country’, the U.S. of America… sometimes you have to take a stand for something, or die for nothing! It’s called solidarity and unity!”
October 1st will from now on forever be known as the ‘Day of Remembrance for Troy Davis’ to millions of people worldwide, in recognition of the injustices committed against the former prisoner-of-war.
Troy’s family and friends vowed to make sure his legacy continues to fulfill a great cause, and to not allow his unjust circumstance to get swept under the rug after the mainstream-media stops paying so close attention.
“We’re going to keep moving forward,” declared older sister Martina Correia-Davis. “That’s what my brother would have wanted us to do… not be angry and wallow and those kinds of things.”
Jason Ewart – one of Davis’ attorneys who witnessed the execution, shared: “Many have spoken of Troy as a symbol. He was the soul of something profound.”
Anti government sponsored murders advocates also added on.
“Those of us who stand opposed to the death-penalty and to the injustices of mass incarceration need to seize upon this moment to build the struggle for abolition, to rid the system of capital punishment and harsh sentencing for once and for all!” advocated Lee Wengraff, from Campaign to End the Death Penalty.
“We’re going to keep on fighting until his name is finally cleared and Georgia admits what it has done,” NAACP President Ben Jealous established. “We’re going to keep on fighting until the death penalty is abolished and this can never be done to anyone else.”
Even the popular Judge Greg Mathis added his perspective:
“Troy Davis was failed at every step of the judicial process. We need a nation-wide ban on the death-penalty. One innocent man put to death is one too many. If we can’t be certain of the legitimacy of the convictions, the practice must be halted It was criminal that this man was executed with so much doubt surrounding his case, and Georgia has blood on its hands!”
Davis’ relatives remained resilient…
“We told him we’re not just fighting for your innocence. We’re fighting the judicial system here,” Troy’s younger sister – Kim Davis explains.
“Me and my family – people ask us… ‘Why aren’t you crying? Why aren’t you grieving?’ My brother was at peace with God. He told us before… ‘Even though the state of Georgia may execute me, they will only take my physical body, never my soul.’”
Watch Judge Mathis comment about Troy Davis’ case.
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