Protesters flooded the streets last week in solidarity with Troy Davis, an African American man executed by means of lethal injection on September 21. Troy Davis was sentenced to death for the murder of a police officer in Savannah, Georgia on August 19, 1989. Last year, seven of the nine witnesses who originally testified against him changed or retracted their initial testimony, calling into question the evidence against Davis. Protests broke out the day after his death, as many felt there were racist motives underlying the execution.
The protest started in Union Square, proceeded down Broadway and through Washington Square Park, and ended on Wall Street. Powerful chants of “Whose streets? – Our streets! We are all – Troy Davis!” and “Stop the legal lynching, the whole system’s guilty” echoed down Broadway as protesters poured down the street, followed by police lights. Protesters held signs that read “Troy Davis: An Innocent Man,” “No to the racist death penalty,” and “Racism kills.”
Text and Photo: Caylee