Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

Requiem for a recorder

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

"The pen is mightier than the sword"

Read more

FOCUS

Israel's minorities and military service

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Russia targets McDonald's over tensions with West

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola: Liberian authorities admit 17 patients are missing

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'New York Post' slammed for publishing Foley execution images

Read more

DEBATE

Israel-Gaza: Back to Square One?

Read more

DEBATE

Israel-Gaza: Back to Square One? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Israel-Gaza conflict: 72-hour ceasefire deal sets stage for Cairo talks

Read more

  • US forces tried to rescue slain reporter from IS captors

    Read more

  • Israeli air strike kills three top Hamas commanders

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

  • Former Femen activist detained after fighting veiled woman

    Read more

  • Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds dies at 81

    Read more

  • Tensions high in Yemen as Shiite rebel deadline looms

    Read more

  • Thailand coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha voted prime minister

    Read more

  • Deadly street battles hit Ukrainian rebel stronghold

    Read more

  • US attorney general visits Missouri town after fatal shooting

    Read more

  • French village rallies behind besieged elderly British couple

    Read more

  • Brazil’s Silva launches bid after Campos plane crash death

    Read more

  • Netanyahu compares Hamas to IS, Gaza offensive to continue

    Read more

  • Brutal IS beheading video sparks social media pushback

    Read more

  • France’s ex-PM Juppé sets up presidential clash with Sarkozy

    Read more

  • France’s Hollande says global security ‘worst since 2001’

    Read more

Americas

Thousands attend Troy Davis funeral

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-10-02

Thousands have attended a memorial service for death row inmate Troy Davis in Savannah, Georgia. His execution for the murder of a police officer drew international attention after several witnesses retracted testimony against him.

REUTERS - Thousands of people packed a church in the U.S. state of Georgia on Saturday for the funeral of Troy Davis, who was executed for the murder of a police officer in a case that drew international attention because of claims by his advocates that he was innocent.

The service at Jonesville Baptist Church in the coastal city of Savannah reflected a determination by his family, civil rights leaders and activists to turn his execution last week into a renewed campaign against the death penalty.

“Troy ... told us to keep on fighting until his name is finally cleared and Georgia admits what Georgia has done,” Benjamin Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said at the service.

“Troy’s last words were to keep on fighting until the death penalty is abolished and this (the execution) can never be done to anyone else,” Jealous said.

Many in the church wore “I am Troy Davis” T-shirts and speakers praised Davis as being an inspiration to his family, friends and other death row inmates.

Davis, 42, was put to death by lethal injection on Sept. 21 at a prison in central Georgia for the murder of police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989. His execution was delayed by more than four hours as the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether to issue a stay.

Davis went to his death saying he was innocent, according to journalists who witnessed the execution.

Controversy at home and abroad about the execution rekindled intense debate about the use of the death penalty in the United States.

The case provoked protests and an online petition accumulated nearly 1 million signatures.

France and the Council of Europe called for a stay of execution and hundreds rallied outside the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification prison on the night of the execution as well as elsewhere in the United States and in Europe.

Amnesty International, which campaigns against the death penalty, said the case received more attention than any it had seen in the United States in years.

MacPhail was shot and killed outside a Burger King restaurant in Savannah, Georgia, as he went to the aid of a homeless man who was being beaten. MacPhail’s family said Davis was guilty and supported the execution.

Since Davis’ conviction, seven of nine witnesses changed or recanted their testimony, some said they were coerced by police to testify against him and some said another man committed the crime. No physical evidence linked Davis to the killing.

 

Date created : 2011-10-02

  • USA

    Georgia executes Troy Davis

    Read more

  • USA

    For activists, Troy Davis case is indicative of racial bias

    Read more

COMMENT(S)