NAACP poster in memory of Troy Davis. Download and print one here.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Troy Davis case, I’ve posted about it many times in the past.
May 22nd, 2008
Killer spared from death hours before execution
(Reuters) - The parole board in the state of Georgia spared a convicted killer from execution hours before he was due to die by lethal injection on Thursday and commuted his sentence to life in prison.
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles made its decision less than three hours before Samuel David Crowe, 47, was to be executed, according to a spokeswoman for the state’s prisons.
“After careful and exhaustive consideration of the requests, the board voted to grant clemency. The board voted to commute the sentence to life without parole,” the parole board said.
Crowe’s death would have marked the third execution since the U.S. Supreme Court lifted an unofficial moratorium on the death penalty last month.
Crowe was not present at the parole board hearing in Atlanta. He had already eaten his last meal and was preparing to enter the execution chamber at the prison in Jackson, Georgia, Mallie McCord of the Georgia Department of Corrections said.
In March 1988, Crowe killed store manager Joseph Pala during a robbery at the lumber company in Douglas County, west of Atlanta. Crowe, who had previously worked at the store, shot Pala three times with a pistol, beat him with a crowbar and a pot of paint.
Crowe pleaded guilty to armed robbery and murder and was sentenced to death the following year.
“David (Crowe) takes full responsibility for his crime and experiences profound remorse,” according to Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, an advocacy group, who welcomed the board’s decision.
At Thursday’s hearing, his lawyers presented a dossier of evidence attesting to his remorse and good behavior in jail, according to local media reports. The lawyers also said he was suffering from withdrawal symptoms from a cocaine addiction at the time of the crime.
The U.S. Supreme Court on April 16 rejected a challenge to the three-drug cocktail used in most U.S. executions, which opponents claimed inflicted unnecessary pain. Georgia then conducted an execution on May 5.
Georgia has executed 41 men since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1973 and this week it had 109 prisoners on death row.
For a point of comparison.
And an interesting (and completely unsurprising) point of comparison it is.
So he got a stay not because there was doubt he shot is co-worker with a gun and beat the shit out of him with a crowbar and a bucket of paint, but because he was a good boy in jail and was high when he committed the crime.
(TW: Rape, execution, etc.)
And by “Hi” I mean STFU for a second and think about what you’re doing by infringing on someone else’s righteous anger after a truly terrible and racist murder has JUST been committed.
Someone got killed by the state for being black, and the black community is reacting, and if your biggest concern is your feelings or how dare someone make you feel guilty for your race, well, you need to rearrange your priorities. Because that is some blatant, sick privilege right there.
This is like when feminists (and some of you call yourselves feminists, hi!) talk about rape culture and men go “BUT LADIES’ NIGHT!” As if not getting free drinks = getting raped. Seriously? This is some low shit. Shut your traps and show your support by reblogging what black activists are saying, listening, and continuing to beat the drum about this injustice tomorrow when all this fanfare fades.
LOL’d at the first line. “And by ‘Hi’ I mean STFU” Hahaha!
Bolded for emphasis.
Troy Davis was brutally tortured for 4 hours by being left strapped to the execution chair while supreme court judges wrote a 1 page letter.
I’m borderline hysterical so pardon me if this makes little sense, but can someone tell me how this does not violate the cruel & unusual punishment clause?
I can’t. Because it does violate it.
One page? Try one sentence.
Another Follow Up of the Day: Despite a slew of last-ditch efforts, including an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States, death row inmate Troy Davis was executed by lethal injection at Georgia Diagnostic Prison near Jackson, Georgia, at precisely 11:08 PM tonight.
A moment of jubilation for supporters came and went as the Supreme Court temporarily delayed the execution so that it could issue its ruling. At around 10:20 PM it was officially announced: There would be no stay.
Doubts about Davis’s guilt stemming from potentially flawed ballistic evidence and the recantations of several witnesses who blamed police pressure on their initial statement were not enough to persuade neither Georgia’s Supreme Court nor its national counterpart to halt the execution of the man convicted in 1991 of murdering off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail.
An earlier request for an additional pardons board hearing was also denied, as was a request to allow Davis to take a polygraph test. “He has had ample time to prove his innocence,” said MacPhail’s widow Joan MacPhail-Harris, “and he is not innocent.”
The White House declined to comment, saying “it is not appropriate for the President of the United States to weigh in on specific cases.”
According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Davis is the 29th inmate to be put to death by lethal injection since the state reinstated the death penalty in 1973. There are presently 99 men and one woman on Georgia’s death row.
I sat here all night with hope, knowing that Troy Davis would get a the stay of execution. Reasonable doubt was abundant! So many of people of importance were speaking out! Millions were signing petitions and calling and protesting! And then he’d eventually be freed! And he’d get deserved money from the state and they’d make a movie and eventually Davis would die of old age surrounded by his family. I just knew it.
But no. Injustice, racism, torture and murder was all I got, with indifference from our public servants. This is the bloodthirsty country I live in.
WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE
I just…I can’t even.