NAACP Works to Save Life of Troy Anthony Davis

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Troy Anthony Davis

The NAACP is campaigning to save the life to Troy Anthony Davis, 23, who is set to be executed in the state of Georgia despite his strong claim of innocence.   He has been sentenced to death for the murder of a Savannah, Georgia police officer on what many considerable to be questionable eyewitness testimony.
According to Davis’ supporters, 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 facts that indicate that Davis 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,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.
“Georgia is no exception to the rest of the country,” Jealous said.  “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.
Las Tuesday was Global Troy Anthony Davis day, coordinated by Amnesty International, during which people from around the world pressed for the commutation of Davis’s sentence.
Racism continues to characterize the use of the death penalty in the United States, according to the NAACP. 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.
“This practice of executing Americans is not only morally wrong but makes no common sense,” said Jealous.  “We must end our country’s barbaric practice that is now disfavored by most nations in the world.:
Individuals can send emails to Governor Perdue by visiting NAACP.org.