NAACP 'Appalled and Outraged' By Troy Davis Decision
Still urges Ga. Parole Board to take final step, grant full clemency
While the early morning news of Troy Davis losing his clemency bid is hard to wake up to, the NAACP has released a statement condemning the Georgia State Parole Board for their decision to go through with executing Davis tomorrow by lethal injection.
NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous says:
“In moments of immense sadness, moments that shake the foundation of our faith in the justice system and in mankind, there are often no words that can adequately express one’s grief and outrage...Despite overwhelming evidence pointing to his innocence, the execution will proceed and Troy Davis will live his last day on September 21...
...We are appalled and outraged by the Parole Board’s erroneous decision to uphold the state’s death sentence to murder an innocent man...There is too much doubt to proceed with an execution. No amount of deliberation will change the fact that the case against Mr. Davis has too many holes.”
The statement went on to call out the parole board on their own judgment pointing out, "The Board ignored its own decision in 2007, vowing that the execution would not go forward unless there was 'no doubt' about guilt."
Still, even after seven witnesses recanted their testimony, three jurors saying they would've judged differently had the known what they know now and not to mention that the man who pinned Davis at the scene of the crime reportedly admitted to killing Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail himself, the board has decided that Davis should die.