The renaming honors the Savannah man executed by the state on September 21 for the 1989 shooting death of police officer Mark Allen MacPhail.
Mr. Davis’s case drew worldwide attention and appeals for clemency because of doubt about his guilt, and seven of nine witnesses recanted or changed their testimony.
On Friday, when Occupy Atlanta took over Woodruff Park, a handful of participants were wearing “I Am Troy Davis” tee-shirts.
It’s not likely the city’s parks department will recognize the renaming. The park is named for Robert W. Woodruff, president of Coca-Cola Co. from 1923 to 1954. A philanthropist, Woodruff gave the land to the city in 1971, and it was opened as a park two years later.
The group said it met with Atlanta police officials and were warned Monday the department would begin enforcing ordinances. It’s not clear if any arrests have been made as have occurred in other Occupy rallies in other cities
- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed: Occupy Atlanta protestors must leave Woodruff Park by Monday afternoon (ajc.com)
- Occupy Atlanta | Protesters vow to stay in park (ajc.com)
- Occupy Atlanta | Police let protesters stay in park (ajc.com)
- Occupy Atlanta | City takes hands-off approach to protests (ajc.com)
- Occupy Atlanta Group Vows to Stay in Downtown Park (abcnews.go.com)