THE EXECUTION OF TROY DAVIS

The tragic execution of an innocent Black man in Georgia

Troy Davis was sentenced to death in Georgia in 1989 for the killing of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail. Troy, a young Black man, was convicted based on the testimony of nine non-police witnesses at trial, seven of whom ended up recanting their false, coerced testimony.  No DNA evidence nor any murder weapon were ever tied to the crime.

There was a serious and convincing case of innocence that grabbed the world’s attention, which resulted in a roller-coaster of emotion as the state came within 90 minutes of executing Troy in 2008, and then successfully executing him in 2011 despite so much doubt and a massive international campaign.

The following photos tell the story of what transpired outside the prison in Georgia on the nights of Troy's 2008 and 2011 execution dates.

To read Scott's personal reflection written about this experience, visit this blog.

THE EXECUTION OF TROY DAVIS

The tragic execution of an innocent Black man in Georgia

Troy Davis was sentenced to death in Georgia in 1989 for the killing of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail, Sr.

Troy, a young Black man, was convicted based on the testimony of nine non-police witnesses at trial, seven of whom ended up recanting their false, coerced testimony.  No DNA evidence nor any murder weapon were ever tied to the crime.

There was a serious and convincing case of innocence that grabbed the world’s attention, which resulted in a roller-coaster of emotion as the state came within 90 minutes of executing Troy in 2008, and then successfully executing him in 2011 despite so much doubt and a massive international campaign.

The following photos tell the story of what transpired outside the prison in Georgia on the nights of Troy's 2008 and 2011 execution dates.

To read Scott's personal reflection written about this experience, visit this blog.

The following photos are from the 2008 execution date, in which Troy was spared death from a Supreme Court decision 90 minutes beforehand.

Hover over a photo for caption info. Clicking on any photo will open the images in a navigable gallery with captions shown.

The following photos are from the 2008 execution date, in which Troy was spared death from a Supreme Court decision 90 minutes beforehand.

Clicking on any photo will open the images in a navigable gallery with captions shown.

The following photos are from the 2011 execution date, in which Troy Davis was finally killed by the state.

Hover over a photo for caption info. Clicking on any photo will open the images in a navigable gallery with captions shown.

The following photos are from the 2011 execution date, in which Troy Davis was finally killed by the state.

Hover over a photo for caption info. Clicking on any photo will open the images in a navigable gallery with captions shown.

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