“In keeping with the Glynn County Supervisor’s 2019 report describing the Glynn County Police Division’s ‘ongoing tradition of cover-up, failure to oversee, abuse of energy and lack of accountability,’ when Glynn County law enforcement officials arrived on the scene they didn’t arrest their former colleague Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, or William Bryan, even though all three had simply participated within the ugly execution of an unarmed individual,” Cooper-Jones’ authorized staff mentioned within the swimsuit.
The workplaces of each district attorneys in Brunswick and Waycross are being investigated for “potential prosecutorial misconduct” within the case. ”The Legal professional Normal is worried that the actions of those workplaces in presumably misrepresenting or failing to reveal info throughout the strategy of appointing a battle prosecutor to research the loss of life of Ahmaud Arbery could have constituted unprofessional conduct (…) or different crimes,” Georgia Legal professional Normal Chris Carr mentioned in a letter requesting an investigation.
His workplace obtained a letter from Brunswick District Legal professional Jackie Johnson on Feb. 27 advising of a battle of curiosity as a result of McMichael is a former investigator along with her workplace. Johnson requested George Barnhill, the district lawyer of the Waycross Judicial Circuit, to tackle the case. “Not lengthy after Mr. Barnhill’s appointment, he and Ms. Johnson realized that Mr. Barnhill’s son, an assistant district lawyer in Ms. Johnson’s workplace, had labored with Mr. McMichael on a prosecution involving Mr. Arbery,” Carr mentioned. “Mr. Barnhill, nonetheless, held onto the case for a number of extra weeks after making this discovery.”
It was later discovered that Georgia police truly inspired Gregory McMichael to play fake cop for the neighborhood. “It seems that Gregory McMichael had been informally ‘deputized’ by the Glynn County Police Division,” mentioned Elizabeth Graddy, an lawyer for the proprietor of the house in query. Lee Merritt, an lawyer representing Arbery’s household, tweeted on Tuesday: “Everybody concerned within the concentrating on, homicide and cover-up within the case of #AhmaudArbery should pay criminally and civilly. Do you know that one of many officers that gave the McMichaels permission to hunt Ahmaud nonetheless works for the PD?”
The anniversary of Arbery’s loss of life prompted prime Democrats all through the nation to tweet messages calling for justice, together with President Joe Biden. “A Black man ought to have the ability to go for a jog with out fearing for his life,” the president tweeted. “At present, we bear in mind Ahmaud Arbery’s life and we dedicate ourselves to creating this nation safer for individuals of colour.” Rep. Cori Bush tweeted: “We can’t neglect his life. We can’t neglect his story. We can’t neglect that the system virtually let his killers get away. ”
Bernice King, activist and the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted: “You ought to be right here. I’m praying for your loved ones and dedicated to working towards a nation and world the place Black males aren’t hunted and gunned down for being Black.” Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams mentioned she’s considering of Arbery’s household and praying for his or her therapeutic. “The homicide of #AhmaudArbery is proof that we should assemble a system the place justice is the inspiration & not the ceiling of our creativeness,” Abrams tweeted. “A system that brings equal justice to Black individuals & prevents unjust murders of Black individuals, the place protest is usually the one solace.”