SHOCKING: Oklahoma Execution Goes Horribly Wrong
By Sarah Ford on May 1, 2014
Source: Amnesty International USA
From time to time, we are reminded about the horror that the United States continues to endorse with the archaic practice of the death penalty.
Last night we were reminded of that yet again, as Oklahoma attempted a “double execution” with a new “drug cocktail.” The procedure went horribly wrong and Clayton Lockett ultimately died of a massive heart attack after the procedure was stopped mid-stream.
This practice in barbarity went on for 43 minutes with curtains drawn, disallowing spectators from seeing the procedure once it started to go wrong.
A few things strike me as glaring when thinking about what just happened. Oklahoma has to try a new drug combination since the one previously used cannot be used as the companies who produce those drugs, companies in Europe, will no longer sell them to the United States as they stand firmly against the death penalty and the use of their drugs in this practice.
But, as that may be a sign of how wrong the death penalty is in the eyes of the world and how out of step the United States continues to be, there are even more things to contemplate. Personally, I was struck by a broadcast on Public Radio I heard this morning. The newscaster was going to be interviewing a witness to last night’s botched execution.