The pending execution of Troy Davis in Georgia has sparked worldwide protests as far away as London and Rome, with people demanding his life be spared because there is “too much doubt” regarding his conviction. “We’re trying everything we can do, everything under the law,” Chester Dunham, a civil rights activist protesting in Savannah, GA, where police are stepping up security, told the AP. ThinkProgress compiled some photos from around the world of the demonstrations:
Six retired Georgia corrections officials — including the director who oversaw executions for the state — sent a letter to Georgia corrections officials and Gov. Nathan Deal (R) asking them to urge the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to reconsider their Tuesday decision to deny Davis clemency, and, if that fails, to “allow any personnel so inclined to opt-out of activities related” to Davis’ execution. The officers’ statement centered on the “awful lifelong repercussions” that result from participating in executions, particularly those who maintain their innocence until their death. From the statement:
We write to you today with the overwhelming concern that an innocent person could be executed in Georgia tonight. We know the legal process has exhausted itself in the case of Troy Anthony Davis, and yet, doubt about his guilt remains. This very fact will have an irreversible and damaging impact on your staff. […] Living with the nightmares is something that we know from experience.
Davis’ attorneys have filed a stay petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, their absolute last hope to spare Davis’ life, after Georgia’s Supreme Court declined their motion earlier this evening. Their petition can be read here.