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Fri Sep 3, 2021, 11:29 AM Sep 2021

Prosecutor Indicted For Covering Up Ahmaud Arbery Killing. FINALLY. [View all]


Yesterday Georgia's attorney general announced the indictment of former prosecutor Jackie Johnson for official misconduct in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.

"Our office is committed to ensuring those who are entrusted to serve are carrying out their duties ethically and honestly," Attorney General Chris Carr said, as if it was normal for prosecutors to charge one of their own for sweeping the murder of a Black man under the rug — or for any bad conduct at all, no matter how reprehensible.

It's not at all normal, which is why it took a national outcry over Johnson's egregiously inappropriate behavior to force the Georgia Bureau of Investigations to swing into action.

All credit goes to Arbery's family for having the courage to jump up and down screaming and demanding justice for their son, who was murdered when he was out jogging by state-sanctioned vigilantes who suspected him of burglary and attempted to make a citizens' arrest. In a wrongful death suit filed in February, the family described the relationship between prosecutor Jackie Johnson and killers Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan:

The effort to cover up what the McMichaels and Bryan had done continued in the Brunswick County District Attorney's office. Defendant DA Jackie Johnson had known Gregory McMichael personally for years when he served as her investigator, and had previously intervened to try to keep him on the police force after he repeatedly failed to complete state-mandated officer training. In the immediate wake of the murder and before recusing herself, Johnson instructed law enforcement not to arrest her former colleague, his son, or Bryan. Upon recusing herself, Johnson handed the case to her colleague in neighboring Ware County, Defendant George Barnhill, knowing, but not disclosing, that he too had a personal connection with Gregory McMichael. When this connection was discovered, Barnhill, too, was forced to recuse himself, but not before issuing a letter intended to justify the murder of Ahmaud as "perfectly legal," based on a multitude of demonstrably false statements. This included painting Ahmaud as a violent and unstable criminal who had attacked the McMichaels.


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