NAACP Works to Save Life of Troy Anthony DavisDecember 31, 1969
Civil rights organization asks members and supporters to petition Governor for redress
Troy Anthony Davis, 40, is set to be executed in the state of Georgia despite his strong claim of innocence. He was sentenced to death for the murder of Savannah, Georgia police officer Mark Allen MacPhail on questionable eyewitness testimony. Seven out of nine witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony, no murder weapon was found, and no physical evidence links Davis to the crime. The NAACP is calling on members and supporters to send letters and emails through its website or individually to Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue asking him to commute Davis’s sentence. The courts are refusing to consider the new evidence despite the overwhelming amount of facts that indicate that Mr. Davis, an African American man, is innocent.
“Governor Perdue must act quickly and decisively to prevent Troy Anthony Davis, a young African American man, from being executed for a crime he did not commit,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Georgia is no exception to the rest of the country. All over the nation, we have witnessed scores of persons wrongfully sentenced to death. And far too often, African American men are overrepresented in their ranks. The preponderance of evidence in Troy Anthony Davis’s case points to his innocence. Justice requires that we not turn a blind eye to killing an innocent man - a travesty that can never be rectified. We must join together to raise our voice in a clarion call to Georgia Governor Perdue to stop this injustice and save Troy Anthony Davis’s life. ” Jealous said.
Tuesday, May 19th is Global Troy Anthony Davis Day, coordinated by Amnesty International, during which people from around the world will press for the commutation of Davis’s sentence.
Racism continues to characterize the use of the death penalty in the United States. Nearly 60 percent of all inmates on federal death row are racial or ethnic minorities. While whites represent approximately 50 percent of murder victims in the U.S., they represent a disproportionate 80 percent of the murder victims for which current death row inmates have been sentenced. Critics say this raises the question of whether, in the aggregate, the judicial system places a higher value on the lives of white victims. The United States is one of only a few countries – China, Iran and Saudi Arabia – that still sanctions the murder of its prisoners.
“This practice of executing Americans is not only morally wrong but makes no common sense,” states Jealous. It costs millions of dollars more to execute someone than it does for them to spend life in prison. This is money that could be better spent investigating homicide cases and solving crime. We must end our country’s barbaric practice that is now disfavored by most nations in the world,” said Jealous.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.
Individuals can send emails to Governor Perdue by visiting NAACP.org.
Contact: Leila McDowell Lmcdowell@naacpnet.org (202) 463-2940 ext 1005