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Law enforcement supports Troy Davis execution

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Law enforcement all over the world is banding together to seek justice for slain Savannah police officer and Columbus native Mark MacPhail.

On August 18, 1989 Troy Davis murdered Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. Since that day, his family has fought for justice.

"I know I am never going to have closure, there's no way, but I'd like to have some peace of mind. I think about my son, that he can't get any peace either because he knows his family is suffering, all of us," explained Annaliese MacPhail, Mark MacPhail's mother.

But that peace has been delayed for 22 years, because Troy Davis's sentence has not been carried out.

Randy Robertson with the Georgia Fraternal Order of Police said, "He was convicted of murdering Officer Mark MacPhail and was sentenced to death so for the past 22 years the MacPhail family has waited for justice the jury handed down to be carried out."

Robertson told News Leader Nine, year after year Davis goes back to court, files appeals and is granted stays of execution, "Troy Davis has manipulated the justice system like it has never been manipulated before. Nobody has had more opportunities to have their case reviewed and dissected than Troy Davis has."

Now law enforcement all over the world is banding together to make sure Davis is punished for what he was convicted of.

"We've asked them to contact the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole and tell them 22 years is long enough and the MacPhail family should receive the justice they deserve," Robertson said.

Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed on September 21st, but Mark MacPhail's mother says she won't be in attendance, "I don't need to watch him die. I'm angry, I'm hurt, I'm disgusted of what they have done to us with a lot of lies and false insinuations but I don't need to watch that."

The MacPhail family says they are very appreciative of any help and support they can get from the community in order to honor Mark MacPhail.

The following is a copy of the letter Randy Robertson sent out to friends and other law enforcement agencies in the United States along with other countries:

Dear Friend,

On the evening of August 18, 1989 Troy Davis shot Michael Cooper in the face with a 38 caliber handgun while attending a pool party. Later in the evening Troy Davis murdered Savannah police officer Mark Alan MacPhail with the same handgun in the parking lot of a Burger King restaurant while officer MacPhail was attempting to stop Davis and his friend from beating a homeless man.

Since Davis' conviction of the murder of officer MacPhail and the shooting of Michael Cooper, Troy Davis and his supporters have continued to spread lies and untruths concerning the evidence in the trial in which Davis was convicted by a jury of his peers, which was made up by a majority of minority citizens from Chatham County, Georgia.

Troy Davis has had more case reviews and appeals than any other individual on death row in the United States of America.

The MacPhail family has been forced to suffer through these many years of injustice by the constant misleading and untrue stories surrounding the trial and crimes of Troy Davis.

The responsibility of ensuring that justice is finally carried out in this case rests solely in the hands of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole. I prayerfully and respectfully ask that each of you help the MacPhail family and all citizens of Georgia to ensure that criminals like Troy Davis are punished according to the wishes of the juries that convict them of crimes such as murder.

Mark MacPhail was a 27-year-old husband, son, police officer and father with a 2-year-old daughter and an infant son. He had served his country for 6 years as an Army Ranger. Mark gave to his country and his community; do not allow his murderer to go unpunished.

Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed on September 21, 2011, please serve your country and your community by contacting the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole and tell them that you want justice for Mark Alan MacPhail.

E-Mail the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole at:

victimservices@pap.state.ga.us

Your Friend,

Randy Robertson

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