"The struggle for justice doesn't end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me. I'm in good spirits and I'm prayerful and at peace." Troy Davis
Right now in a Georgia Prison a man by the name of Troy Davis is getting ready to be put to death at 7pm tonight.I know some people might not know who this man is.Troy Davis has been on death row in Georgia for the last twenty years.In 1991 Davis was convicted of the murder of police officer Mark MacPhail.Let me start off by saying that my heart does go out to the victims family.I have lost people in my life to violence so I know the hurt that you feel.Now on to Troy Davis.In August of 1989 Davis was arrested for the shooting of Mark MacPhail.It is said that MacPhail went into the parking lot of the Burger King he was working security for to help a homeless man by the name of Larry Young.This man was arguing in the parking lot with Sylvester "Redd" Coles over a beer.MacPhail went out to help Larry Young.Two shots were fired and MacPhail was killed.No physical evidence was ever retrieved from the crime scene. In the beginning of this case one of the main suspects was Sylvester "Redd" Coles until he decided to tell them that he had seen Davis with a gun.It has been said that Cole was heard around town saying that he was in fact the one that killed MacPhail.Davis was arrested and charged with murder.August 30,1991 a jury recommended the death penalty for Troy Davis.No physical evidence linking him to crime was ever found.Seven of the nine witnesses have seen recanted or contradicted the testimony given in the trail.You would think that with all this doubt that he would be allowed a new trail.Not the case in the state of Georgia.Every appeal has been denied.He has not been giving the chance to prove his innocent.They keep saying that he should have proved his innocence the first time around.Heartless.Now we are less that 15 mins from this man being put to death.I have a question for our lovely judicial system.Who and what gives you the right to say when someone has to die?You are not God.You are just a man who happens to have a little power.It is a chance that you can put to death a innocent man.What happens if you later find out that he was innocent?All you are going to do is give his family a sad I am sorry and not really mean it.Maybe give them some money and hope that makes it ok.Trust me it won't make them feel any better. This man will not get back the twenty years of his life that he spent in jail.As much as people like to say that race has nothing to do with this I think that it does.Let's not forget this is the deep south.In our minds we like to think that those days of racism is over but it is not.We still live in a world where race is a big problem.So you have to take all of this into consideration.But no has done that.This is about all the Troy Davis' out there in the world.Trust me he is not the first person to be in this situation.I hear and see people say that he was tired and found guilty.Yes he was tired and found guilty but was it a fair trail.They have no evidence linking this man to this murder.Yes it is sad that a man lost his life but does a innocent man have to be killed for something he did not do.I am all for people taking responsibility for the crimes they commit but put a person away for something they didn't do.I know that I may be a little all over the place with this post but it is upsetting me that this is the world I live in.We live in a world where a fight between Ray J and Fabolous gets more airtime than this serious issue.The people in my generation are ignorant to the issues going on around them.They make comments not realizing that it could be them in this very situation right now.This is the world that my children will be born into.They will be born into a world where they kill innocent people.They will be born into a world were you can spend 20 years in jail without having a fair trail.It breaks my heart that a man can lose his life with this much doubt.If you have an ounce of doubt than you shouldn't put this man to death.But you are.It is a sad day in this world when things like this happen.We have to pray that that situations like these won't happen again.But we also have to fight to get the changes we want.That means going out to vote, jury duty and getting involved with organizations against this issue.No I didn't know Troy Davis personally but it could have me or you in that Georgia jail tonight.After the last appeal was denied one of the news reporters said that Troy Davis will be put down now.You say put down like is a animal or something.The media is cold.How do they think that sounds?One of the things I laughed at was they said they had to cut into his last visit with this family so he could get a physical.Yes you read that right.They gave him a physical to make sure he was healthy enough to kill.Bullshit!!!!The mother of the victim said I just want some peace.You aren't going to peace in this mans death.You are still going to think about your son and miss him.No man has the right to take the life of another man.In the future I hope I am never a witness to something this disgraceful again.I hope that my future children will never witness something like this horrible.Pray and asked that both families be covered with his grace.
Peace and Love!