Troy Davis was falsely convicted for the murder of a policeman. There was no evidence. None, not one shred. There was eye witness testimony from nine people. Seven of them recanted with statements that they’d been coerced to testify. Fingers were pointed at another man as the killer, a man who was one of the other two witnesses who didn’t recant. He was also the man who had been beating a homeless man—the reason for the call to the police that resulted in the homeless man’s shooting death.
The title of this piece is accurate. Troy Davis was murdered by the state of Georgia…No, he was murdered by the United States. The US Supreme Court had a last-minute chance to reprieve him, but declined. As they have signalled recently, they’ve come to the conclusion that the actual innocence of a person really isn’t their concern when it comes to putting him to death. All that matters is that the points of the law be met.
When a state takes that attitude, it has decided that its citizens have no value. They have decided that human life is not their concern. That should not surprise anyone. The United States has enthralled itself to another master, the corporations that now run the state. If they allow the innocence of a man to determine his fate in the legal system, then they can be held to a higher standard than that of the minute detail of law.
This is a time when the minute detail of law is used to enact corporate utilization of the legal system to thwart the will and need of the people, and to force the acceptance of their desires on humanity. In such a time, the piddling concern of whether one man lives or dies pales behind the need to know that they—and only they—control the system. The system cannot be allowed to bend simply because one person is innocent.
Those of us who live with the reality of a system that hides medical malpractice, that allows pharmaceutical corporations to lie and sell poisons that do far more harm than good, a medical system that literally kills people at a rate of jumbo jets crashing every single day, a system that sits back while chronic diseases like cancer, asthma, diabetes, and autism explode in our children and destroy their futures without bothering to address the causes, that allows nature to be destroyed by pseudo-agriculture and nuclear power and coal and oil companies…we are people who cannot be surprised at the murder of Troy Davis. We see murder and torture and debilitation by the state every single day, all around us.
The murder of Troy Davis stands for a legal system run by a rogue state.