Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Black murderer faces death by lethal injection 7 pm ET tonight; killed white officer.

By Verne Strickland / September 21, 2011


Troy Davis should die today. 7 pm sharp ET.

I say "should die" because the convicted murderer is only now facing justice for a heartless crime he committed on Saturday, August 19, 1989 -- twenty-two years ago. 

If a white cop (not an officer or policeman) shoots a black man, our liberal race-baiting media work frantically to start World War III. In this case, the tables were turned, as Troy Davis a black man, murdered Officer Mark MacPhail, Jr., in cold blood. MacPhail's young family -- including his wife and their two infant children. MacPhail was white.

Since the media has had almost two decades to build up a head of steam over the fate that awaited the killer, I decided to make an effort to breathe some humanity into the victim of the shooting. If you think that the murderer deserves a break, read the line below about how Officer MacPhail was killed.

This notice was published on a national site named the Officer Down Memorial Page:

Officer Mark Allen MacPhail, Sr. | Savannah Police Department, Georgia Savannah Police Department, Georgia


Mark Allen MacPhail, Sr.

Savannah Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, August 19, 1989
Biographical Info
Age: 27
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Military veteran

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 19, 1989
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Sentenced to death

Officer Mark MacPhail was shot and killed while working an off duty security job at a bus station. He was shot while attempting to break up a fight in the parking lot of a nearby fast food restaurant.

The man shot him underneath his vest and then again in the head as he fell.

The subject was sentenced to death. On March 28, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the man's appeal.

Officer MacPhail was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Savannah Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife, 1-year-old daughter, infant son, mother, and siblings. 

Troy Davis' Execution Eve Sees Final Efforts To Save His Life 

JACKSON, GA September 21, 2011 -- While the Davis family prepared for the end of what has been a decades-long fight to prove Davis' innocence, another family rejoiced.

"That's what we wanted, and that's what we got," Anneliese MacPhail, the victim's mother, told the Associated Press. "We wanted to get it over with, and for him to get his punishment."

"Justice was finally served for my father," said Mark MacPhail Jr., the son of the dead officer, Mark MacPhail.

But for Troy Davis' family and his supporters, the looming finality of the board's decision to carry out his execution, sent a very different message.

"It is bigger than Troy. It really reflects the attitude of a country and a state that still sees black life as meaningless," said Edward DuBose. "That is the only conclusion that you could come away with from the decision made by the parole board."

In the decades since his conviction, his case has gained the support of former President Jimmy Carter, former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, one-time FBI Director William Sessions, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Pope Benedict XVI.

Earlier this year the U.S. Supreme Court turned down what likely was Davis' last set of appeals. In 2009, Davis, by filing an original writ of habeas corpus to the Supreme Court, convinced the justices to order a federal court in Georgia to review new evidence that Davis said would establish his innocence. By then, according to reports, several of the witnesses had recanted their earlier testimony that Davis had gunned down officer MacPhail in a Burger King parking lot that night 20 years earlier.

The new hearing in June of 2010 gave Davis a chance to present his new evidence in his defense. He chose not to take the stand or call on witnesses who had given statements on his behalf. The trial judge concluded that Davis' evidence was "largely smoke and mirrors," according to a New York Times article from earlier this year. The Supreme Court refused to review Moore's ruling.

"I wanted to believe that we had abandoned the Old South, but the decision by the parole board not only reflects that we have not abandoned the Old South, but we have not even left the days of Jim Crow," said DuBose, who at 53 said he can recall the last days of cradle-to-grave segregation in Georgia.

"I think it's a message that they said during Jim Crow: Stay in your place. It is a message to every African American, whether you are guilty or innocent, that there is a place for you and you need to stay in it."