Occupy Atlanta protesters rally to end death penalty - CBS46 News

Occupy Atlanta protesters rally to end death penalty

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Protesters with the Occupy Atlanta movement will rally at the Georgia State Capitol to end the death penalty.

A spokesperson for Occupy Atlanta said the 2011 execution of Troy Davis was the catalyst for the group's attention toward Georgia's death penalty and the treatment of minorities in the legal system.

Davis was executed in September after spending years on death row for his conviction in the 1991 shooting of a Savannah police officer. 

But Davis's case captured worldwide attention because of the doubt his supporters raised over whether he killed the officer. Several of the witnesses who helped convict him at the trial that took place 20 years ago have since backed off their testimony or recanted. Others who did not testify said another man at the scene admitted to the shooting.

Last fall, Occupy Atlanta renamed Woodruff Park after Davis.

The rally starts at noon.

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