We are Troy Davis
I watched Democracy Now in shock at what was happening in the State of Georgia in 2011.
I admired the dignity and grace of the Davis family who believed in American justice and who believed it would all become right.
I watched the dozens of police cars turn up when it started to become known SC Judge Thomas had the papers. I kind of knew what was going to happen. I just did not believe it.
For even the strongest defender of the death penalty will say, it should not apply when there is doubt. There was just too much doubt.
The United States of America has been responsible for thousands of deaths. One man should not make a difference. Except it does. The murder of Troy Davis by the State of Georgia is a wake up call to any who continue to support the death penalty. It is not just a question of mistakes being made. Whenever there is a murder, wherever you are in the World,there is an outrage and as a result a desire to “get who did it” and quick.
That desire to feed the press means innocent people get caught up.
Once they become the accused that accusation is difficult, if not impossible to disprove. Especially when you are faced with the whole apparatus of the State against you.
If the State murders in response to murder there is no way back for the “culprit” if later found innocent or for the original victim. Neither get a “do over”. There is no re-try button to press. There is no x box controller to pick up and try again.
I just hope that the screaming yahoos that cheered Perry now understand this. Perhaps we will see this tonight. People around the World did and watched many Americans sink in to a state of murderous depravity. We can follow them and cheer more death. Or we can learn from this. We can adopt the dignity of the Davis family and see that the death sentence is wrong.
It is nothing but judicial murder. Eye for an eye where everyone ends up blind.
We can all be Troy Davis.