The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People this week will make an inquiry of the United States Justice Department into the scheduled execution of Troy Davis in Savannah, Georgia.
The rights group is pushing for a stay of execution.
Davis was convicted and sentenced to death for the fatal 1989 shooting and killing of a Georgia Police officer, Mark MacPhail.
A concerted effort has arisen, from lawmakers and rights groups, to change the minds of the five-member Georgia Board of Parole and Probation to stay the September 21 execution.
There is uncertainty surrounding the case. Questions abound, even at this late date, on Davis’ involvement in the MacPhail killing. Seven out of nine eye witnesses have recanted their stories.
Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott contends that “It is a bad day in America when you have an inconclusive case and you have to put somebody to death on inconclusive evidence.”
The black Congressman has been opposed to the death penalty since 1978. He sits on the House Crime Sub-Committee. Scott says, “seven of the nine witnesses have recanted their testimony and one of the remaining two is an actual suspect of the murder.”
“There needs to be a stay of execution,” said Hillary Shelton, senior vice president for advocacy and policy for the NAACP. “There is too much evidence that points to contradictions in preceding testimony.”
Organizations like Amnesty International and the NAACP are also urging people to make their concerns known to the Georgia Parole and Probation board.
Watch Al Sharpton’s coverage of the Troy Davis case