Troy Davis protest outside the White House
Protestors gathered outside the White House Wednesday in support of death row inmate Troy Davis scheduled to be executed Wednesday night. (photo: Lesa Jansen/CNN)
September 21st, 2011
02:53 PM ET

Troy Davis protest outside the White House

The controversy over Wednesday’s scheduled execution of convicted murderer Troy Davis has reached the White House. (watch video of protest here)

More than one hundred protesters, mostly students fromHowardUniversityinWashington,DC, marched outside the White House Wednesday afternoon.  Brendon Harris, Howard University Student Association president told CNN, “We felt we had to stand up and say something.”

Protesters chanted, “No justice, no peace,” and carried signs reading “No to legal lynching.”

They vowed to continue the demonstration until the 7pm scheduled execution inGeorgia.  The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied a request to reconsider clemency for Troy Davis.

Davis has spent 22 years on death row for the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail

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  1. Joey

    Being a canadian this is sad to hear about.. Who do you think yous are to decide someones fate with no hard evidence? Yeah I can see why the family is pushing for this, but they are only basing thier judgement on the fact that thier love one was murdered and someone has to pay for it. They'll feel pretty bad when the truth comes out.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  2. J.S.

    "Mostly students from Howard." Was that part necessary? Is it even factual? What percentage of those 100 were from Howard?

    People all over the world are protesting this case, especially in France and in Canada. And here in the U.S. our journalists continue to belittle the case by making it a racial issue.

    September 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • HU1867

      The protest in front of the White House (that this article is referring to) was organized by Howard students. So the participants were MOSTLY Howard students. Thanks.

      September 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  3. Melvin Ijih

    In my silent Christian prayers, that which i always say.."Lord may my fate never be subject to the justice of the land, for I trust not in the law of man but in thy grace and mercy. The sight of man may fail to reach where guilt hides but your gaze Lord is ever present piercing every conscience. The law of man may wrongly assign guilt and thus punish the innocent, yours, Lord is an everlastingly flawless judgement..

    Our societies and their systems are no where near perfect and this is evident in the case of Troy Davies. The law says that if you make a mistake and take the life of one man, your own life should also be taken as punishment. The capital punishment however sounds more like vengeance than punishment. Secondly, what happens to the law itself when it makes the mistake of taking the life of an innocent man?? Thirdly, I think that in a special murder case such as Davies` where the proof of guilt is not exhaustively conclusive, there should be atleast a life sentence instead where there is the possibility of remedying a mistaken judgement if at all it is found one day that there was an error in judgement passed.
    I am not a lawyer and I may not know anything of the law or the administration of justice , One thing i do know however is that, it would be a cold and joyous day in hell should an innocent man be condemned to death by the law even if by mistake. That, I believe would be the ultimate victory of evil over good.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  4. Mjoh523

    This type of injustice that gives the American people the hopeless they feel with the justice and political system. A man being put to death for crime in which there is little no evidence. Former witnesses feel wronged in their pleas that law enforcement coerced them into giving statements. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of American citizens’ protests are left unacknowledged and ignored by judges, politicians, and other government officials against taking the life a man who may not been given a fair trial. This is just an internal view from our citizens, the world has also spoke up with its criticisms of Troy’s unfair views. This not the first time and seems to be the regular in the American Justice system. Groves of citizens come together on issues they feel strongly about and attempt to use the justice system in the way it was designed, yet no resolution or even acknowledgement comes of it.
    With public officials disregard of the very people they supposed to represent, there’s no wonder the American People have no confidence in our government to protect or look out for us.

    September 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  5. Howard

    should send a generous campaign contribution to
    whoever runs against Obama !!!

    September 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Thankyou Howard University and to all who are protesting on behalf of the life of our 'Georgia Boy' TROY DAVIS in Washington!

    September 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @J.S.; We know people in Canada, France and I think I heard England have demonstrated and protested against The State of Georgias' handling of the now late TROY ANTHONY DAVIS. We are also aware of all of the marches and demonstrations staged throughout the US in defiance of what this judicial system was about to do to more than likely, an innocent man. I live in GA, and whether you accept it or not RACE is all over this case! However, we thank all of our white family and others who helped us in the cause.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:02 am |
  8. Dean

    Yet another reason I may move to Georgia.

    September 22, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  9. SaintM

    Really ticks me off–this will be the Georgia governor's equivalent to Rick Perry's Willingham case. Predominently redneck, republican states with narrow minds and even narrower world views and are mostly racist are also the states that execute the most citizens–some of which are innocent. Wanna put another Republican in the White House?

    Although I applaud their protest, it should have taken place at the George state house, not the White House. The Obama administration could not have done anything about this because the individual states decide whether they have the death penalty. If it were a federal case, then that would be different. I'm sure God took Troy Davis into his arms and comforted him. He is in a better place, and God will await the arrival of those who committed this gross miscarriage of justice.

    September 22, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  10. C-Lo

    Maybe it was by God's grace that he was executed. I know of at least one innocent person who was cruelly and graphically executed for the betterment of mankind.

    Right or wrong, I am a strong supporter of the death penalty in certain cases, this one does not qualify.

    A law professor (Republican and criminal defense attorney) told me one time why he chose to be a defense lawyer. He said he would rather 100 guilty people be set free, than to have one innocent person convicted. This was the intent of our founding fathers in innocent until proven guilty (beyond a reasonable doubt).

    September 22, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  11. Dean

    Most of you who wanted to set this murderer free also voted for Obama. Can't you do anything right?

    September 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  12. sonic10158

    I'm sorry, but wasn't this outside Obama authority?

    September 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • Joshua from Baton Rouge

      It was way outside of his control. The President cannot jump into a state matter like that and he cannot overrule the Supreme Court.

      September 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  13. Liz Carter in Georgia

    GOD HELP US! I plead to you...please don't move to Georgia! There are just too many of your kind here as it is! Your kind notably, killed an innocent man last night in Georgia, giving the whole world their a***s to kiss! Most of your kind are heartless and Godless! And we don't need anymore of that here.

    September 22, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    ...And yes, we got it right in 2008, and we folks will get it right again in 2012. We will really get it right when we get rid of the GOP....all of them!

    September 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm |