America, Murder Inc.

At least I know that my blog title isn’t the most offensive or insensitive commentary on this Troy Davis story. That infamous honor goes to Ann Coulter. And while we mention her, let us not forget about the ‘closeted’ Ann Coulters of the world. They are just as responsible for the murder of Troy Davis, with their blood thirst for revenge and vengeance which they clothed under the guise of justice, as those which had the power to save his life, but failed to act.  America was once again on the national and world stage, as it always seems to be. The performers for the most recent show were the late Mr. Troy Davis and every single agency, office and court of law in our country which failed to act on his behalf, and which horribly failed to do the right thing. 

As a young cop, I was a strong advocate of the death penalty, so much so that I would have been willing to be the judge, jury, and executioner of men like Troy Davis. That was back when the only colors that I saw were black and white. Or at least I let myself  believe that it was that simple. As I became more exposed to the brutalities and realities of life, I began to see the shades of grey that were not visible to my closed eyes.  As I became more aware of the greys, I began to see how inherently wrong it was to take another’s life in the name of justice, especially when that justice we so vehemently seek and believe in can be so easily corrupted.

I don’t know if the state of Georgia executed an innocent or guilty man for the murder of Police Officer Mark McPhail. The travesties  of this story for me will always be the needless deaths of two men and the lingering doubt that will haunt will us forever.  I wonder if the rest of the world thinks less of us today for killing a man in the name of justice even though enough substantial doubt existed that commuting his sentence to life in prison would have justified doing “the right thing”.

If there is anything that the headline cases (DSK, Casey Anthony, NYPD Cops Mata and Moreno) of the past several months have shown us or taught is that “Liberty and Justice for all” does not always prevail.

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5 responses to “America, Murder Inc.

  1. I too, Eddie do not know if Troy Davis was innocent or guilty. I only know that things were done wrong; that a man who only had eye-witness evidence against him cannot be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Still, to sentence someone to death, because you believe them responsible for another death somehow seems like having a God complex.
    I did not doubt that they would put him to death that night. I have enough experience with our so called Supreme Court and the Georgia courts to know that they do not do the right thing most of the time. They merely needed the hulabaloo to die down a little, have things get quieter, and then behind their walls do what they intended to do all along.
    It is not missed that this happens most often when the face of the criminal is black and not white. It happened this way this week as a matter of fact. I haven’t seen what Ann Coulter had to say about this and I don’t think I care too. I’m pretty sure of what someone like Ann, would say. Whatever it is, she makes an ass out of herself. I only know it was a sad week. Sad for all of us. When things like this happen, we become less.

    • Donna,

      Thank you for taking the time to read the piece, and for your commentary. There are many reasons why we as a so called civilized society should vehemently oppose the death penalty. The fact that a disproportionate amount of African Americans are affected by it, is just one of many. Almost 80% of death row defendants have been executed for killing white victims, even though in society as a whole African-Americans account for about half of murder victims. I agree that we lose a part of ourselves with every life that we take in the name of justice,

  2. Donna,

    Thank you for taking the time to read the piece, and for your commentary. There are many reasons why we as a so called civilized society should vehemently oppose the death penalty. The fact that a disproportionate amount of African Americans are affected by it, is just one of many. Almost 80% of death row defendants have been executed for killing white victims, even though in society as a whole African-Americans account for about half of murder victims. I agree that we lose a part of ourselves with every life that we take in the name of justice,

  3. You fail to reference his previous murder victim; the one he openly confessed to in court.

  4. Thanks for this thoughtful insight. I appreciate hearing how your exposure to the actual functionings (malfunctioning?) of the system changed your perspective.
    Holding so-called prisoners in jail for life IS expensive, no doubt. But what is the cost to our society for killing innocent people?

    History should also be factored in — should a group of minorities be specifically targeted by the dominant ethnicity for murder & then executed — when that ethnic group was enslaved and millions were murdered, raped, and tortured for over 200 years?

    Another angle — when native people allowed settlers from another continent to live and cohabitate, would they have dreamed that 250 years later the descendants of those settlers would have totally colonized the country and labelled them ‘illegal immigrants’ on their own lands, to live as the lowest class of people who would often be forced to sneak back in and live under the worst conditions & do the worst jobs in the settler-dominated world?

    History, seeing it clearly, can re-frame so many whacky aspects of USA society.

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