Police group: Execute Troy Davis

Saturday, June 13, 2009 7:00 AM
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It's time for Troy Anthony Davis to be executed for the 1989 slaying of Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail, the director of Georgia Fraternal Order of Police said Friday.

"The family's had to relive this for almost 20 years," said Carlton Stallings of the victim's family. "It's time for the justice system to do what it's supposed to do."

Mr. Stallings noted that the murder conviction of Davis repeatedly has been reviewed and affirmed by appellate courts. His comments came as about 100 Fraternal Order of Police trustees are meeting in Savannah for their annual conference.

Mr. Davis was convicted and sentenced to die in 1991 by a Chatham County Superior Court jury for the Aug. 19, 1989, slaying of Officer MacPhail.

The young officer, working off-duty at the Greyhound Bus Terminal/Burger King restaurant on Oglethorpe Avenue, was gunned down by a single shooter as he ran to assist a homeless man under attack in the parking lot.

A series of appeals has spared the life of Mr. Davis. His attorneys have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to halt another execution date.

That appeal remains pending.

Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm repeatedly has declined to comment while the appeals continue.

Mr. Davis remains on death row at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison at Jackson.

Mr. Stallings, a retired Georgia State trooper of 33 years, is president of the state Fraternal Order of Police and its 4,000 members.

He said police are frustrated by the continuing delays in the Davis execution and want to make known their support for Officer MacPhail and his family. The bulk of media attention has been focused on the pro-Davis voices, Stallings said.

Because the FOP members are meeting in Savannah - site of Officer MacPhail's slaying - they felt it appropriate to dedicate the meeting to him, Mr. Stallings said.

"There's another side to this story," he said. "We have complete confidence in the justice system."

On the Web

Go to savannahnow.com to view a video about the life and trials of Troy Anthony Davis.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/13/09 - 06:27 am
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Davis should have been

Davis should have been executed years ago. The delay points out the flaws in our system.

canyouhearme
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canyouhearme 06/13/09 - 06:34 am
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The system is flawed, time to

The system is flawed, time to correct this injustice---give him the slow drip, NOW!!!

getalife
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getalife 06/13/09 - 06:39 am
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Our so-called justice system

Our so-called justice system is broken when it takes 20 years to execute someone convicted and sentenced to death. After this many years many witnesses will begin to doubt their testimonies.

sgachief
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sgachief 06/13/09 - 07:04 am
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put the skum to death now!

put the skum to death now!

Margot
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Margot 06/13/09 - 07:48 am
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I'm sure he's a threat, as he

I'm sure he's a threat, as he sits in his jail cell. And yes, our justice system is broken, humanly defective, and corrupt.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 06/13/09 - 07:58 am
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If we still used "old Sparky"

If we still used "old Sparky" we could all join in a verse of "SHOCK-A-CON", instead we have to be happy with "letting him peacefully drfit off" to his death nap.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/13/09 - 08:58 am
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This is what happens when

This is what happens when lawyers make the law. Don;t elect lawyers to congress. Lawyers have ruined this nation through a constant bombardment of litigation.

1CowboyFan
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1CowboyFan 06/13/09 - 09:03 am
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Can I insert the needle?

Can I insert the needle?

dhd1108
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dhd1108 06/13/09 - 10:50 am
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funny how this story omits

funny how this story omits that 7 of 10 witnesses who testified against troy davis have recanted their testimony.

augustalibertarian
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augustalibertarian 06/13/09 - 11:06 am
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It amazes me sometimes that

It amazes me sometimes that many of the same people who think the government is too incompetent to dispense aspirin have absolute faith in its competence to dispense death. The so-called "justice" system - in which the government controls every party to the process - is indeed broken. It should be no surprise that an organization representing police officers should be calling for Davis' execution. After all, the "thin blue line" has been active for eons in protecting the misconduct of its members and supporting the judicial murder and imprisonment of innocent men.

augustalibertarian
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augustalibertarian 06/13/09 - 11:14 am
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55 F-100 - There is ample

55 F-100 - There is ample evidence that lethal injection is neither a peaceful nor painless method of execution. In fact one of the most prolific executioners in England, upon observing an execution by lethal injection, considered it to be "sadistic".

augustalibertarian
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augustalibertarian 06/13/09 - 11:18 am
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dhd1108 - Absolutely right;

dhd1108 - Absolutely right; and the 2 that didn't recant were named by several of the others as the probable shooters. And several of the witnesses said that they were coerced by the government's police and/or the government's prosecutors to testify against Davis.

augustalibertarian
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augustalibertarian 06/13/09 - 11:27 am
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Riverman, actually Davis

Riverman, actually Davis should have had a new trial long ago, based on exculpatory evidence which emerged after his conviction and sentencing. Or, he should have been summarily released because of the egregiousness of the police and prosecutorial misconduct in his original trial.

canyouhearme
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canyouhearme 06/13/09 - 12:03 pm
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libertarian, you believe all

libertarian, you believe all that shiet you are spouting??? How many appeals as davis had now, howmnay times has his sentence been affirmed?? Aree all libertarians as stupid as you? If so, no wonder the party has never amounted to squat!

Taylor B
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Taylor B 06/13/09 - 12:12 pm
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canyouhearme, really? Stay on

canyouhearme, really? Stay on topic, our party does not have anything to do with this. I'd rather be in a small correct party than two large wrong ones.

TechLover
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TechLover 06/13/09 - 12:22 pm
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It seems that in many cases,

It seems that in many cases, when they think they have the right guy, all other investigation stops no matter what other evidence turns up. It looks like the FOP wants revenge, not justice. Once so many of the witnesses recanted, a new trial should have been ordered immediately.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 06/13/09 - 12:40 pm
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Of course over a 20 year

Of course over a 20 year period witnesses change their stories for many and varied reasons - some don't agree with the death penalty, some just can't recall and others simply are tired of being called into court time and time again over 20 years for apeal after apeal after apeal and don't like being hounded by the media and those who are against the death penalty no matter what. Lets talk more in generalities - If someone is 100% guilty through DNA, video, possession of the weapon, caught in the act, etc. should he/she be put to death - my answer is 100% YES and it should happen very quickly, at the most no longer than 6 months from the incident. I would venture to say most on here who want new trials, freedom, etc. or who think others want revenge wouldn't approve of the death penatly no matter what. So, are you just against it in this case where a police officer helping a homeless person was gunned down or are you just against it period? Frankly, ALL violent criminals deserve to be removed permantly from society and we should not have to foot their bill in jail for 20 years - give that money to education and try and save others before they become criminals.

canyouhearme
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canyouhearme 06/13/09 - 01:07 pm
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OK ACES just why was that

OK ACES just why was that comment (1303) removed? and atctaylorb, I was responding to augusta libertatrian, and do believe I was on topic!

jack
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jack 06/13/09 - 02:17 pm
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funny how this story omits

funny how this story omits that 7 of 10 witnesses who testified against troy davis have recanted their testimony.
Posted by dhd1108 on Sat Jun 13, 2009 11:50 AM....memory does get hazy after 20 years. How long after conviction was it before anyone "recanted"?

jack
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jack 06/13/09 - 02:19 pm
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After all, the "thin blue

After all, the "thin blue line" has been active for eons in protecting the misconduct of its members and supporting the judicial murder and imprisonment of innocent men.
Posted by augustalibertarian on Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:06 PM....Are you teling us that there were members of the "thin blue line" (police) on the jury? I seriously doubt it.

jack
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jack 06/13/09 - 02:21 pm
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Riverman, actually Davis

Riverman, actually Davis should have had a new trial long ago, based on exculpatory evidence which emerged after his conviction and sentencing. Or, he should have been summarily released because of the egregiousness of the police and prosecutorial misconduct in his original trial.
Posted by augustalibertarian on Sat Jun 13, 2009 12:27 PM....If so (and I am betting you are full of chit), why hasn't an appeals court not given Davis a new trial? They DO read the transcripts of the court proceedings, jury make up, etc.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 06/13/09 - 03:08 pm
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canyouhearme, you took a shot

canyouhearme, you took a shot at libertarians in general. And I have no idea why that comment was removed.

Laguria
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Laguria 06/13/09 - 03:53 pm
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You should not put anyone to

You should not put anyone to death when most of the witnesses now say he did not do it. There is now just to much doubt. There needs to be a retrail. Lag

canyouhearme
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canyouhearme 06/13/09 - 04:03 pm
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atc, it might have appeared

atc, it might have appeared that way, but it was not my intent. Remember, "if all libertarians think like you, etc., etc.! Emphasis on the IF, please!

canyouhearme
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canyouhearme 06/13/09 - 04:58 pm
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Time is past for the slow

Time is past for the slow drip train for this ol boy! Put him on the slow train now!

juantez
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juantez 06/13/09 - 06:36 pm
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All you All can keep
Unpublished

All you All can keep wishing, true he is going to die but not by the state of GA, so keep wishing

Barf Obama
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Barf Obama 06/13/09 - 07:40 pm
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This bum did his thing. Now

This bum did his thing. Now let the State do theirs.

jebko
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jebko 06/13/09 - 08:03 pm
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I say let a

I say let a convicted/senetnced to death perp have his death sentence date come as a suprise. Just a random date...something like throw a dart at a calander ( of the same year of the conviction) and take him from his cell and do it. Suprise 'em like they suprised thier victims.

mable8
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mable8 06/13/09 - 09:13 pm
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Why is this murderer still at

Why is this murderer still at the diagnostic center in Jackson and not on death row where he belongs? 20 years of appeals is much too long; there has been no new evidence to indicate he is innocent in all this time. Funny how some who deliberately and wantonly take another's life fight so hard for their own. Be a man, Davis, and own up to your irresponsible behavior and face the same death sentence you meted out to an innocent person. Obviously, Davis has no shame.

canyouhearme
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canyouhearme 06/13/09 - 09:27 pm
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time for the slow drip!

time for the slow drip!

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