Ahmaud Arbery’s killers plan to use racist law as a defense in their murder trial

I’m watching the federal trial of union leader John Dougherty and Councilman Bobby Henon, and I’m thinking it should be easy to prove that a $70,000 no-show job, and $20,000 in tickets to sporting events is a bribe.

After all, they convicted former City Treasurer Corey Kemp and gave him 10 years in prison after he accepted cash, gifts and Super Bowl tickets.


But unlike Dougherty and Henon, Corey Kemp was Black, so maybe that’s different. We’ll see.


The case that’s really bothering me happened far away from Philadelphia, and it’s grounded in history of a different sort.


It’s the case of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black jogger who was killed by a group of white men who’ve been charged with murder. Those men tracked him down, blocked his path, accused him of being a burglar, shot him when he fought for his life, and filmed the whole thing.


But it gets worse, because Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan are going to defend themselves using a racist citizens arrest law; a law that was used by mobs that lynched Black people in more than 500 cases between 1882 and 1968.


The law allowed citizens to arrest someone if they suspected the person committed a felony, and in Georgia, being Black was apparently a felony.


But after video of Arbery’s death became public, even Georgia Governor Brian Kemp—a Trump supporter who won office by suppressing Black votes—could not defend it. So, he repealed the law. But that doesn’t make a difference to Arbery’s killers.


Because the law was in effect when they killed Arbery, they’re going to use it to try to justify their actions. The question now is simply this: Is killing Black people still excusable in Georgia? Or will we now see justice prevail.

Photo: IMG_7553 By. Becker1999

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