Asian Pacific Americans of Conscience on the Impending Execution of Troy Davis

September 21, 2011


Originally posted at New America Media.

by Andrew Lam

A last-ditch clemency appeal by Troy Davis, who is set to be executed in a high-profile case on Wednesday for the murder of a police officer,  has been denied by a Georgia parole board on Tuesday.

In 1991 Davis was convicted and sentenced to death row themurder of off-duty police officer Mark Allen MacPhail in Georgia two years earlier. Though a number of witnesses have recanted their testimony, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles on Tuesday denied Davis clemency.

On Facebook -- as well as Twitter and other social media -- his cause is being championed by various individuals, and organizations like, NAACP and Amnesty International are waging a campaign to have as many people to use text to sign their pettitions asking for the stay in execution. 

Below is a statement by Asian Pacific Americans of Conscience on the Impending Execution of Troy Davis.

Georgia's State Board of Pardons and Paroles has recently rejected Troy Davis' clemency petition. Davis continues to face execution on Wed., Sept. 21 at 7 pm EDT. The killing by execution of Troy Davis must be stopped. The most compelling reason for this is that there is ample evidence that points to factual innocence. Decades ago an innocent Korean immigrant teen was unjustly imprisoned and almost faced death in California. Chol Soo Lee's life was spared because of the untiring efforts of journalists, lawyers, and community members who unearthed critical information missed by trial lawyers in that case. We have seen that the system is imperfect...over a hundred times in death penalty cases. There are options that can be exercised to save an innocent life. Therefore we must voice our experience and share the wisdom of that experience today. We all share in the act that appears to be imminent due to the failure of our justice system in the Davis case.

Troy Davis may be out of options in the justice system but he is not out of options in the realm of humanity and common decency. A life can still be spared and whatever standards or criteria are required by the justice system can be made more humane by way of an executive decision. Executive action is needed now, not an execution.

We urge that the Board reconsider its decision and that Chatham County (Savannah) District Attorney Larry Chisolm seek a withdrawal of the death warrant and support clemency himself. We urge everyone to do what they can to stop the execution of Troy Davis.

More information on how to take action can be found at:


Angela Oh
Helen Zia
Maxine Hong Kingston
K.W. Lee
Jessica Hagedorn
Don T. Nakanishi