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Some disagreed with the use of the term Latino, but others were no more receptive to the Hispanic.
There were many responses to the segment about Troy Davis, the 39-year-old African-American on death row in Georgia for killing white police officer in 1989. Several witnesses against Davis have recanted their testimonies but the U.S. Supreme Court still denied his final appeal, clearing the way for his execution. That triggered lots of back and forth:
"Everyone from the Pope to Jimmy Carter has come out against this case. And I think it just highlights two things, one, it highlights the steps that have been taken by the courts and the legislature in the previous decade to restrict the rights of prisoners, and two, I think it highlights the gruesome reality of the criminal justice system that is plagued by racism and inequality," said Ray Anne.
And A.M. Patino wrote:
"Because none of us were present at the trial, we have no idea of the recanting witnesses were "vigorously cross-examined at trial". The fact the wintesses were not pressured by police to point the finger at Davis is not relevant on the issue of "mistaken identity". There are many factors that can lead to the mistaken identity of a witness including the lighting at the time, whether the witness was Black or white, at what speed everything was happening at the time of the shooting, the pheomena that for some people "all Blacks look alike", the distance between the witnesses and the shooter. if the witness was focused more on the gun as most of us would be rather than the face of the person holding it, etc. So even if the police did not pressure the witnesses to finger Davis, he can still be a victim of mistaken identity."
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