For a few hours, Troy Davis supporters believed that their social media galvanizing made a life and death difference. Twitter and Facebook were all aflutter and Howard University students who protested in front of the White House Wednesday felt they would see an outcome that would spare Davis as they collectively asked President Barack Obama and the White House why they remained quiet about the issue.
“I am Troy Davis” and “I’m so proud of Howard” sentiments ran through cyberspace when the 7 p.m. scheduled execution was delayed as the Supreme Court weighed an 11-hour request to stay the lethal injection of Davis in Georgia for his murder conviction in the 1989 killing of an off-duty police officer.
Then a deflating blow was dealt: the Supreme Court decided after 10 p.m. to deny the request to block the execution.
The following are some local tweets in response to the final decision:
@MikeElk Not a single Wall Street Banker in jail, but we’re going to murder Troy Davis tonite
@RawStory The president cannot pardon Troy Davis, but could stay the execution by asking for a civil rights investigation into the case.
@DCBABY Moment of Silence for Troy Anthony Davis. Today he was failed by the justice system. Please RETWEET! RIP Troy Davis
@jaketapper WH declines to comment on Troy Davis case: “it is not appropriate for the President of the United States to weigh in on specific cases”
@LanceBillington #RIP Troy Davis. Hopefully this injustice isn’t in vain and the backlash will invoke positive #change
Here is a local tweet round-up from the White House protest earlier in the evening:
@MedTechMari Jena 6 2007, A-building 2009, Troy Davis 2011 Howard University, trying to make a difference #inspiring
@MrMarcusESQ There are about 200 Howard students ready to be arrested. They’ve called about 30 officers and more are coming...meet us at the White House.
@KevonTweets10 Howard Students+1 Professor arrested at the White House. We continue to stand w/ our HU family & protest Legal Lynching of Troy Davis
@MrNiceWatches S/O 2 all the Howard students that got arrested protesting Troy Davis’s upcoming murder!!