“Beyond racial overtones, the MacPhail family seemed not to understand that their own grief, profound as it might be, was not a client of the United States justice system. The family seemed relentlessly focused on their own emotional vindication, and little concerned with who bore the brunt of it, little concerned with the fact that Davis upon his conviction might have become a stand-in for their grief, not the perpetrator of it. ‘We are victims,’ Officer MacPhail’s widow said. ‘We have laws in this land so there is not chaos. We are not killing Troy because we want to.’ A radio reporter who witnessed Davis’ death may have summed it up best: ‘The family seemed to get some satisfaction from the execution.'”
For more, read Elizabeth’s article in the Huffington Post.