“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!!