Your Black News: Rep. John Lewis: “Race Is Everything” In Troy Davis Case
From Democracy Now!
Death row prisoner Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed tonight at 7:00 p.m. despite widespread concern Davis is an innocent man. In 1991, Davis was convicted for murdering a white police officer. Since then, seven of the nine non-police witnesses have recanted their testimony. There is no direct physical evidence tying Davis to the crime scene. We speak to Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Troy’s sister, Martina Correia:
REP. JOHN LEWIS: This is a very sad and grave day in the state of Georgia, in our nation and in the world. A man that could really be innocent—and all of the evidence tends to dramatize and quantify that this man may go to his death later today as an innocent human being. And when you commit that final decision and later discover that he is truly, truly innocent of the crime that he’s been accused of committing, there is not any way to bring him back. I just think it’s wrong and it’s unfair, and it will be the greatest miscarriage of justice.
The majority of the people that testified in this case have now recanted their testimony and their position. And I don’t quite understand how the system of justice in America and in the state of Georgia can come any way close to being fair to this one human being. For the state of Georgia and for our judicial system in America to stand by and see this man executed would be a barbaric act, as far as I’m concerned.
AMY GOODMAN: You are a civil rights leader. How does race play in here?
REP. JOHN LEWIS: Race is everything in this case. This is a case involving a young African American male and a white—young white male police officer. And the cards are stacked against this young black man. This has a long history. This is not something that just happened in the past few years, but have been a long history in the state of Georgia, and especially in the American South, of being so quick and so apt to electrocute or provide capital punishment for low-income people and for people of color.
NOTE: YourBlackWorld.com would be updating readers on this story as the night progresses.
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