In memory of Troy Davis.
(AP) Georgia inmate Troy Davis was defiant to the end, proclaiming his innocence in the 1989 slaying of off-duty Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail.
Here are his final words, as witnessed by an Associated Press reporter: “I’d like to address the MacPhail family. Let you know, despite the situation you are in, I’m not the one who personally killed your son, your father, your brother. I am innocent.
The incident that happened that night is not my fault. I did not have a gun. All I can ask … is that you look deeper into this case so that you really can finally see the truth.
I ask my family and friends to continue to fight this fight.
For those about to take my life, God have mercy on your souls. And may God bless your souls.”
Read his letter to all of us here.
Living so close to Georgia, I am constantly shocked at their legal system’s ruthlessness and cruelty. A few months ago, I heard on This American Life the episode of “A Very Tough Love,” where a Georgia judge has become so blinded by her power that she has taken a drug court program out of proportion and confined a young, disillusioned girl to solitary confinement for days over a miniscule lie. She didn’t kill anyone. She didn’t hurt anyone. She didn’t do anything bad but lied and stole under $100 from her father (during her solitary confinement, her dad was so worried about his daughter but the court wouldn’t give any updates on her to him or their family). Because she was locked up and alone for days, she took a razor and tried to kill herself. This is insane. This happened in America. This shouldn’t have happened in America. I constantly forget that America is a country with a bloody, bloody history. I even work at a company that tiptoes around this bloody history. I read and copy edit stories from all over the states, and it’s rare to find anything negative about our country’s history. Call it the winner’s amnesia or what-have-you. I definitely have a hard time with those Republicans who call legalizing illegal immigrant programs as amnesty when they constantly forget that their families did more horrible things to people than hopping over a fence and coming into this country for a better life.
Lastly, I cannot fathom living in Georgia. Although South Carolina is no walk in the park, Georgia is a state governed by their religious zealotry and where the weak are continually disregarded by their legal system. I may not fully know or fully understand all the details of Troy Davis’ case. But, I believed in his innocence. I had hoped that true justice would have been served for this man. Unfortunately, this had to have happened in Georgia, and yet another man has been lynched.