Augusta and Paine College NAACP chapters hold vigil for anniversary of Troy Davis' execution

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Paine College students hold up signs with a picture of murderer Troy Davis on the eve of the first anniversary of his execution.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Paine College students hold up signs with a picture of murderer Troy Davis on the eve of the first anniversary of his execution.


High above her head, Paine College student Kara Shipp held a sign reading “Abolish the Death Penalty.”

“No justice, no peace if we don’t abolish the death penalty now,” Shipp and about 50 other students chanted Thursday night, the eve of the anniversary of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis’ execution.

Davis was convicted of murder in the 1989 shooting of Savannah (Ga.) Police Officer Mark MacPhail and sentenced to death in 1991. He maintained his innocence until until his execution by lethal injection Sept. 21, 2011.

Several well-known leaders, including former President Carter, called on the courts to give Davis a new hearing, which was granted in 2010 to hear evidence that some witnesses had recanted their testimony identifying Davis as the killer. The court upheld his conviction, and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied Davis clemency.

The Augusta branch of the NAACP and the Paine College chapter organized a silent march across campus, ending at the steps of the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel.

“This is a worldwide effort to keep the memory of Troy Davis alive,” said Augusta NAACP President Charles Smith Sr.

The NAACP urges the Georgia General Assembly to revisit the death penalty, Smith said.

“If there is a shadow of doubt, no one should be put to death,” he said.

Shipp, the president of the Paine College NAACP chapter, said Davis’ execution was an important history lesson that students need to study.

“We’re standing for justice,” Shipp said. “We’re here to make sure if other situations like this occur the justice system does what they’re supposed to do.”

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 09/20/12 - 09:29 pm
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"“If there is a shadow of

"“If there is a shadow of doubt, no one should be put to death,” he said"
Well, the problem with that, sir, is that there's always going to be someone that has a "shadow of doubt". That's why we have courts and juries...people duly appointed to make those decisions, after having heard all the evidence available. Those people decide one way or another.
As far as I'm concerned, these people at Paine have just wasted about an hour of their lives walking around with those posters that only each other are reading. I said it once and I'll say it again....who cares. One less killer on this planet.

JustLilMe
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JustLilMe 09/21/12 - 02:26 am
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I'd be more inclined to take

I'd be more inclined to take them seriously if they'd also address the problem of crime, and the horrible numbers of young blacks who kill others easily, or are killed themselves.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 09/21/12 - 06:41 am
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Paine College might be a real deal college after all.

They seem to be teaching Remedial Protesting 099.

Again since this murder:
* took place in Savannah GA. 20 years ago and NOT Augusta,
* since the trial was NOT in Augusta,
* since he was NOT executed in Augusta,
then why is all this taking place in Augusta?.

The Wiki write up which is compiled by factual experts, really says it best. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troy_Davis

He had a history of criminal activity involving firearms and shooting at people.

Read and ed-u-ma-cate yourselves.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 09/21/12 - 06:54 am
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BTW:

I noticed the signs were even pre-printed for the protestors.
A clear indication this was a NA2CP sponsored Remedial Protesting 099 class.

Higher levels of protesting require students to develop their own signage based on the protest theme of the week.

But, consider what they learned.
Marching in a circle so as not to loose other protestors and made the attendance number difficult to count, how to pose holding protest signage, Photo op for media display, proper attire, and their 1st protest chant.

AWWWW my 1970's memories are coming back, tossing red dye water balloons at the protestors disrupting my college classes.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/21/12 - 07:36 am
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Paine College is
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an excellent place to start teaching blacks to quit killing people.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/21/12 - 07:46 am
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???

And they want to take over the Patch!

trujustis
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trujustis 09/21/12 - 08:30 am
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Unbelievable

UNBELIEVABLE

Jane18
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Jane18 09/21/12 - 09:03 am
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Death Sentence

Kara Shipp and others were probably not born when Officer MacPhail was murdered, so, all they are going on is what they have read or heard. One thing I would like to tell these folks and others, hope and pray some piece of crud does not murder one of your family and then some group as yours tries to save his no-good life. The NAACP and the infamous ACLU need to wise up, just like we have get rid of rabid animals, that's what we have to do with murderers like Davis. My hope is that the death penalty is never repealed, and executions should happen no later than two years after the conviction and sentencing.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 09/21/12 - 01:10 pm
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Really!

Do they not have something better to do like maybe learn??? Once again the race card in Augusta GA say it isn't so.

YeCats
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YeCats 09/21/12 - 03:01 pm
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“We’re standing for justice,”

“We’re standing for justice,” Shipp said. “We’re here to make sure if other situations like this occur the justice system does what they’re supposed to do.”

.......and thank goodness they did. Carry on, good sir.

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