Thu., September 22, 2011 2:46am (EDT)

Demonstrators Swell Town, Then Leave
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 3 years ago

JACKSON, Ga.  —  
(photo Josephine Bennett)
(photo Josephine Bennett)
Supporters and opponents of the Troy Davis execution squared off across a street from each other in Jackson.

Ultimately, by the time Davis died, police in riot gear outnumbered the vocal demonstrators.

Many came from far-off parts of the state to stand with one side or the other.

James McMenamin, President of Augusta's Fraternal Order of Police, was wearing a shirt bearing the name Mark MacPhail, the Savannah police officer Davis was convicted of killing.

"He was a member of the law enforcement family," McMenamin says. "He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police family. And we're here to support a family member just like everybody else is here to support a family member."

Police reported few incidents with the demonstrators and the large media contingent.

Dozens of satellite trucks lined the prison site near Jackson where hundreds met but ultimately left as the night wore on.