Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Threat to Everyone

On Thursday, September 21, 2011 at 11:08 p.m., Troy Davis was executed by lethal injection, according to a Reuters article that you can read here. I'm sure everyone's Twitter timelines and Facebook news feeds were, and probably still are, blowing up with the outrage, sadness and anger. If you didn't know who Troy Davis was before tonight, you probably know who he is now. But in case you still don't know, here's the background story.

Davis was convicted in 1989 for the crime of murdering a police officer in Savannah, Georgia. What's the big deal you may ask? I mean, it sounds like a criminal got what he deserved, right? So why the uproar and the protest? Well, Davis was an African American man who shot a Caucasian police officer in a southern state's city. Seven out of the nine witnesses changed their testimonies, saying that the police forced them to testify against Davis or that it was actually another man that committed the crime. Oh, and there was no physical evidence found against Davis.

Is this really justice? Now, I admit that I am not in any position to make a judgement. I honestly don't know what the circumstances were or what the full details of the case are. But when seven out of the nine witnesses used against Davis are changing their testimonies, does Davis not deserve a final appeal? Can the Supreme Court really not hear him out one more time? I mean this isn't just a prison sentence or fine. This is a matter of someone's LIFE.

It just really, really breaks my heart when someone that could have very much been innocent is killed like that. Is it really that easy to take a life away from someone? Everyone deserves one more chance to explain themselves. In Davis' case, it was very much possible that he was innocent. Maybe he was just a man in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Our justice system is flawed, and what sucks even more is that it can take 10 more Troy Davises before any flaw is even attempted to be fixed.

"I am innocent" were his last words.

Rest in peace, Troy Davis.



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