Oh yall Care about Troy Davis Now? Two weeks ago you didnt know who this nigga was. Two weeks ago you were screamin free Lil Boosie (Who killed more niggas than cigarettes!) Two weeks ago you were saying "beyond a reasonable doubt my ass! That Bi*ch Casey Anthony is guilty!" Remember that?
Oh, apparently I've gotten your attention....now I'll play nice.
I am in no way knocking people for becoming aware of something only because social media latched onto it. I feel, ultimately, that the ends justifies the means. You logged onto twitter to unscrupulously invade some girls DM box and drool over some titty tuesday pics and by the graces of God became educated on the pressing issue of injustice in the justice system. Kudos. Use this as a stepping stone to learn more about this cause which you are seemingly passionate about and not a way to try and look smart...whenever stupid people try to look smart it ends catastrophically with us smart folk laughing all the way to our baccalaureate.
Now, onto Ol' boy Troy and his case.
Nowadays, most states in the U.S, (I believe about 46) have felony murder statutes which basically say that if someone dies during the commission of a felony, all participants, whether they are the "shooter" or not, will be charged with 1st Degree murder. Mind you, this is my basic understanding of the law as an intelligent human being, not a lawyer, so feel free to correct me if you are smarter and have a law degree (you must meet both conditions or I will tell you to suck 1,000 di*ks.)
Troy wasn't in the "wrong place at the wrong time", because he was obviously up to no good. He was not a saint. Though no murder weapon was found, bullets at the scene matched bullets from another shooting in which davis was implicated as the shooter. I have no doubt in my mind that Troy Davis shouldn't have been killed, however, having prior gun charges and being at the scene while everything is going down doesn't make you look innocent. He may not be guilty of 1st Degree murder, but what Troy Davis is guilty of, however, is getting First 48'ed.
The other main suspect in the killing, Troy's "friend" Slyvester "Redd" Coles is one of the first people to snitch to the police and blame the killing on Troy. Like in the First 48, he snitched 1st and got the better deal. Swag.
All these things considered, Davis WAS found guilty by a jury, supposedly of his "peers." While it has since came to light that more than half of the original eyewitnesses have recanted their testimony (Changed their stories) or admitted to being coerced by police, this does not change the fact that he WAS convicted. This is an inherent danger in the definition of a trial by jury. People are going to make opinions based on what they see and the emotional responses their personal beliefs trigger within them. Witnesses often lie, this is fact. The error, however, lies not within the justice system itself, but rather in the sea of lying ass witnesses, crooked ass cops and naive ass jurors who somehow managed to convict "beyond a reasonable doubt" (no Jay-Z) even with NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE...just circumstantial clues and here say.
What this is, is not an campaign for or against one man's guilt, but rather a debate on capital punishment (The Death Penalty), a penalty which I wholeheartedly support in this case, as I believe it's God's way of removing Troy from the Prison Purgatory that is death row. If he is innocent of the killing, why the fuck would he want to stay alive in jail everyday thinking "this is some bullshit."
Even Amnesty international has released the following statement:
Amnesty International does not know if Troy Davis is guilty or innocent of the crime for which he is facing execution. As an abolitionist organization, it opposes his death sentence either way. It nevertheless believes that this is one in a long line of cases in the USA that should give even ardent supporters of the death penalty pause for thought. For it provides further evidence of the danger, inherent in the death penalty, of irrevocable error. As the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court wrote in 1993, "It is an unalterable fact that our judicial system, like the human beings who administer it, is fallible."(3) Or as a US federal judge said in 2006, "The assessment of the death penalty, however well designed the system for doing so, remains a human endeavour with a consequent risk of error that may not be remediable."(4)
In the end, I guess I'll just leave you with the classic black folk saying designed for those moments when things are beyond are control and we resign ourselves to our melanin afflicted fate....
"It is what it is."
One thing's for sure, however... Mr. Davis, or shall we say T.R.O.Y....they will reminisce over you.
-Rocka P. Newton