Many say that last night America lost a bit of it’s soul. After over 2 decades, the Troy Anthony Davis case came to a sordid end last night with the execution of the accused. Davis was found guilty of killing police officer Mark MacPhail, among other charges, and sentenced to death by execution in August of 1991. Davis pleaded guilty, and maintained that he was innocent to the very last moments of his life, and his final words to the MacPhail family were “I’m innocent. I did not kill your son.” (Daily Mail)
This story gained international appeal as for 20 years Davis’ defenders sought support from activists, politicians and celebrities, because a number of the prosecution’s witnesses recanted their statements, and a murder weapon was never found. From Amnesty International and the NAACP, to Al Sharpton and Former President Jimmy Carter, to Big Boi of Outkast and Kim Kardashian, the outcry for the courts to appeal the decision were widespread, but unfortunately to no avail. After 20 years of stayed execution; despite an official petition to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles by almost one million Americans demanding clemency; and with thousands of supporters and family members standing by in protest, the decision was carried out and Troy Anthony Davis was executed last night, without complaint or sedative. His final words to the prison officials were “May God Have Mercy On Your Souls.” (Huffington Post)
A media frenzy erupted last night as images of the protests came to light, and the Twitterverse took hold of the issue with hashtags #TroyDavis, #TooMuchDoubt and eventually #RIPTroyDavis. For those that missed most of the coverage, we have collected 100 of some of the most compelling images from yesterday and last night from The LA Times, National Post, and protest groups. It’s easy for us to get caught up in the everyday cycle of our day to day lives, but images like these remind us that there is a whole world going on out there that we need to remain aware of.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
Protesters Last Night
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