On September 22nd, 2011, hundreds of demonstrators met at 5pm on the steps of Union Square to speak out against the the execution of Troy Davis. The impassioned group listened to speakers and shouted slogans such as; “I am Troy Davis” and “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” attracting many onlookers. The group formed into an impromptu march which spilled into the streets, blocking traffic and traveling west on 14th Street and down 5th Avenue. The police, completely overwhelmed, tried to head off and block the march on 5th Avenue, near Washington Square Park, on Broadway, and others. In a game of cat and mouse, the protestors continuously escaped the NYPD, which eventually lead to a confrontation in Soho on Thompson and Broome. Where dozens of police officers barricaded the streets and blocked the demonstration. The marchers quickly rerouted to Broadway and headed south toward the financial district, eventually meeting with the #OCCUPYWALLST protestors in Zucotti Park, where another confrontation with the Police occurred. There the march disbanded.
Troy Davis was an American death row inmate convicted of the August 19, 1989, murder of Savannah, Georgia, police officer Mark MacPhail. During Davis’ 1991 trial, witnesses testified they had seen Davis shoot MacPhail, and two others testified that Davis confessed to them. The murder weapon was never found. Seven of nine eyewitnesses signed affidavits changed or recanted all or part of their testimony.
Troy Davis was executed at approximately 11:10pm September 21st, 2011.