Who is Troy Davis?
Today my twitter flooded with trending topics #TroyDavis and #WhoisTroyDavis ?? It’s now 8 p.m. and I am sure if you didn’t know who he was before you know who he is now. However there are a few people I am sure still don’t know so here it is in short….Troy Davis is an African American man from Georgia who was convicted of killing a police officer in 1991. However through the years Davis has maintained his innocence. His trial showed no physical evidence that he committed the murder, there were also no weapon, DNA evidence, or surveillance. In his trial there were nine witnesses and since then 7 of them have changed their story or retracted their statements.
However his efforts and appeals continued to be denied all the way up until the day before his execution. He was supposed to be executed today at 7:10 p.m., however because of the NAACP and strong supporters rallying his execution was pushed back and the case was being reviewed again. This is the fourth time that has execution has been postponed. All for him to still end up being executed at 11:08 p.m.
This brings about many questions. How many times did they plan on doing this until they had an actual plan of action? Where are the witnesses who helped find him guilty? Personally, I believe that the witnesses recanting their statements and there being no physical evidence is enough reason to AT THE VERY LEAST leave room for reasonable doubt. Aside from playing the race card which I feel has no place in this particular situation, I believe that this is to prove a point to people who kill police officers. I do wish that the family of the officer could find peace, but not in the way of just killing the closest person they could find.
On the other side however, this situation would be even worse if he were actually the murderer he was convicted for being. (Just playing devils advocate)…how would you feel about that?
What are your thoughts on the case and do you think they just postponed the case in order to please the public? I also am curious as to why everyone in our generation is just now hearing about this. As big as this case and event is, unfortunately the way we work things are relevant today and done tomorrow. Tell me what you guys think??