After many people had made their peace with the idea of Georgia death-row inmate Troy Anthony Davis’ life ending at 7 p.m. on September 21, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Courts just after 7 p.m. issued a call for a “temporary delay” of his death, but then again at 10:20 said it would not block the execution. Officials then announced that Davis was executed at 11:08 p.m.
The planned execution of Davis for the 1989 murder of police officer Mark Allen MacPhail topped news broadcasts on every major American television station Wednesday. Protests against the execution were staged globally in cities from Oslo and Paris to New York and Atlanta. The online television and radio program Democracy Now had scheduled a live stream broadcast from outside the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison at Jackson, where Davis was executed, to last from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The broadcast instead, with host Amy Goodman, lasted for four hours beyond that scheduled time.
Davis himself issued a letter to supporters in which he stated: "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. But I will not stop fighting until I've taken my last breath."
Moreover, according to the group of media witnesses who were allowed to watch the actual execution, Davis “went quietly” but maintained his innocence until the very end. “May God bless you,” he said to the guards and executioner. “And may God have mercy on your souls.”
For comments from NAACP President Benjamin Jealous and Rev. Raphael Warnock please click this link: Savannah Talks Troy Anthony Davis No. 16: Davis Executed
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