NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous Joins Veteran Civil Rights Leader Congressman John Lewis for Meeting with Troy Davis, Likely Innocent Man Set to be Executed

JEALOUS REQUESTS MEETING WITH GOVERNOR TO URGE HIM TO STOP EXECUTION. NATIONAL CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO SAVE DAVIS' LIFE

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Friday, May 29 Between 12:30 pm-1 pm (Following visit with Troy Davis),
Georgia Diagnostics & Classification Prison (GDCP),
HWY 36, Jackson, GA 30223

NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous will join Congressman John Lewis, Congressman Hank Johnson, and NAACP State Conference President Edward Dubose to meet with Troy Anthony Davis, who is set to be executed in the state of Georgia despite his strong claim of innocence.   He was sentenced to death for the murder of Savannah, Georgia police officer Mark Allen MacPhail on questionable eyewitness testimony.  Seven out of nine witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony, no murder weapon was found, and no physical evidence links Davis to the crime.

Jealous is also requesting a meeting with the governor.  The organization has filed an amicus brief in the case.

“Governor Perdue must act quickly and decisively to prevent Troy Anthony Davis from being executed for a crime he did not commit,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.  “It not only is morally wrong to put an innocent man to death it does not bring justice to the victim’s family and allows a dangerous criminal to go free.  Sadly, Georgia is no exception to the rest of the country.   All over the nation, we have witnessed scores of persons wrongfully sentenced to death.   The preponderance of evidence in Troy Anthony Davis’s case points to his innocence.  Justice requires that we not turn a blind eye to killing an innocent man - a travesty that can never be rectified. ” Jealous said. 

The NAACP is also calling on supporters to send letters and emails to Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue asking him to commute Davis’s sentence.   

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Contact:  Leila McDowell Lmcdowell@naacpnet.org   (202) 463-2940 ext 1005

 

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