The State of Georgia did what it has been doing for centuries this week. It killed a black man who many believe was innocent, a hallowed tradition in the American South. Troy Davis was executed in Georgia on September 21, 2011 after spending decades on death row.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene and all state level appeals were denied. Troy Davis was convicted of killing an off-duty Savannah policeman who was moonlighting as a security guard. Seven of the nine witnesses who testified against Davis recanted, citing police coercion and intimidation as reasons for their untrue testimony. There was no physical evidence linking Davis to the crime. I have been saying for years that the criminal justice system in this country is criminal and unjust.