Troy Davis Denied Clemency One Day Before Execution


Vibe / September 20, 2011

Troy Davis, the Atlanta man who many believe was wrongfully accused of shooting and killing a police officer in 1989, has been denied clemency.

Davis is scheduled to be put to death on Wednesday at 7 p.m. EST by lethal injection for killing off-duty Savannah officer Mark MacPhail, who was shot dead while rushing to help a homeless man being attacked. It is the fourth time in four years that Davis’ execution has been scheduled by Georgia officials.

“This is a civil rights violation and a human rights violation in the worst way,” said the Rev. Raphael Warnock, who spoke to the board on Davis’ behalf on Monday (via AP). “This is Jim Crow in a new era. There’s too much doubt for this execution to continue.”

Despite overwhleming support and testimony from ex-president and a former FBI director for the claim that he was wrongly convicted, Georgia’s board of pardons rejected a last-ditch clemency bid.

The NAACP considered asking President Barack Obama to intervene but the president cannot grant Davis clemency since Davis was convicted in state court.