Killer Mike is set to join protests in Savannah, Georgia, today (September 21) challenging the decision of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to reject clemency for Troy Davis.
"I am going there to join the protest. The state of Georgia is killing a man who is possibly innocent and that's a tragedy," the Atlanta rapper told HipHopDX.
BET.com has been covering the Troy Davis case in depth for weeks. Davis was convicted 20 years ago and sentenced to death for the 1989 murder of Georgia police officer Mark MacPhail. However, in recent years, an avalanche of evidence suggesting he may be innocent has been revealed.
"The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony, which contained inconsistencies even at the time of the trial," says Amnesty International's website. "Since then, all but two of the state's non-police witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony.... Many of these witnesses have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured or coerced by police into testifying or signing statements against Troy Davis."
Hundreds of thousands have signed petitions urging the board to grant Davis clemency. Former President Jimmy Carter and Pope Benedict XVI are among those who have demanded that Davis be given a new trial.
The Georgia Parole Board is currently taking phone calls at (404) 656-5651 to gauge support for Troy Davis. To reach the proper department, press 5 in the first touchtone menu.
(Photos from left: Rick Diamond/Getty Images, AP Photo/Georgia Department of Corrections)