“They can take my body but they can’t take my spirit.” – Troy Davis
The series of checks and balances in the criminal justice system failed Wednesday night with the State of Georgia executing Troy Davis at 11:08 eastern standard time on International Peace Day. For more than 20 years, Davis maintained his innocence and in recent years seven of the nine civilian witnesses recanted their testimony. A few have come forward and claimed police coercion and intimidation. At least three of the twelve jurors in the trial would now change their verdict with the latest evidence to not guilty.
A gubernatorial appointed Board of Parole and Pardons failed in its duty to ensure cases with reasonable doubt do not reach for the life of an innocent.
State Courts in Georgia and ultimately the United States Supreme Court failed in adequately listening to experts from around the country, listening to key eyewitnesses and ignoring the bragging of the real killer. They may have followed the letter of the law or the deeply flawed judicial process, but they failed to follow the spirit of justice.
Decision makers merely played along with a system hellbent on killing in order to prevent killing. Troy Davis’ death certificate will list the cause of death as homicide much like Officer Mark MacPhail’s read in 1989. The difference though is we have undeniable proof that the state of Georgia, the Supreme Court, corrections officers and others involved are guilty of homicide.
The MacPhail family may feel they received their revenge with Davis’ death but the evidence clearly points to the fact the real killer still walks the streets a free man.
Meanwhile, a private corporation profited in the death of Troy Davis. CorrectHealth is company specializing in providing healthcare services in correctional facilities. The company sought and won a contract with the State of Georgia and performed the lethal injection of Davis last night. The company was paid in the range of $18,000 for their services. A tweet on the company’s twitter account from two weeks ago even bragged “Our program minimizes inmate movement, lowering costs and lessening liability. http://bit.ly/gtbz9k” Sadly the link redirects to its home page.
Our democracy and any sense of justice is in mortal danger when we privatize executions of innocent people under the belief that public executioners are too costly.
Our democracy and any sense of justice is in mortal danger when we pray for our own mercy and refuse to deliver it to even the most innocent of people.
Our democracy and any sense of justice is in mortal danger when a murderous criminal justice system that wrong cannot be punished.
Troy Davis’ last word’s to Officer Mark MacPhail’s family was “I was not the one who did it. I did not have a gun. Look deeper to find the truth”
We don’t have to look deeper to find the truth. The truth is staring right back at us, shocked we are so blinded by our own preconceptions or a refusal to even open up our eyes.
We are afraid of the truth telling us we are guilty of state sanctioned murder in our representative democracy.
We are afraid of being awaken to a world full of trouble, evil and sorrow.
We are afraid of the hard work and the pain it takes in coming to terms with the truth.
But it is only by grappling with truth and feeling the immense sorrow of the world in which we can find our true character. One in which we find compassion for others and find the resolve to know we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.
We must fight the urge to push the blame of Troy Davis’ death onto others and collectively ask for forgiveness as a nation.
We must fight the urge to fall into despair, and instead use our anger and frustration as positive energy to seek a better world.
We must fight the urge to give up in the wake this tragedy as well as others and instead find the resolve in communal gathers to battle injustice.
The deeper truth resides in all of us. Spiritually we know the fight lives on. It was here before Troy Davis. It is still here now that he is gone. The fight continues…
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