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Fri May 22 2009Global Day of Action for Death Row Inmate Troy Davis
Fri May 22 2009Bay Area, Fresno Activists Demonstrate for Troy Davis and Against Death Penalty
In 1991 Troy Davis was found guilty of murdering an off-duty policeman and sentenced to death in the state of Georgia, despite a total lack physical evidence. The bulk of the prosecutor’s evidence presented at Davis' trial was based primarily on that of prosecution witnesses who later recanted their testimony. Most of the witnesses have claimed repeatedly that they were pressured by police to point to Davis as the perpetrator. So far, no court has been willing to hear the new evidence. He lost his most recent appeal and his execution date is expected to be set soon.
On Tuesday May 19, activists in Fresno sang solemnly and carried placards calling out for re-consideration of the case and elimination of the death penalty. In Palo Alto, members of Amnesty International Chapter 19 gathered signatures for clemency in the city's downtown Lytton Plaza. They were encouraged by an outpouring of support from citizens of all ages in the busy city square.
Palo Alto Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | Fresno Photos and Video | Amnesty International Vigil in L.A.
See also: Martina Davis-Correia, Sister of Troy Davis, Speaks at ILWU Event on Racism, Repression and Rebellion | Martina Davis-Correia Speaks at Townhall Meeting on Oscar Grant and Police Terror | Amnesty International