The state legislature took the matter into consideration after Arbery’s death when three white men chased him down a street, confronted him, and then shot him dead. When Kemp signed the bill, it ended a Civil War-era law on the books since 1863 that allowed citizens to make what was termed a “citizen’s arrest” if they thought a crime was being committed, according to WTVY-TV.
“As you all know one year ago, a viral video shocked the world and sickened the hearts of so many in our state,” Kemp said during the bill’s signing ceremony.
“Georgians and Americans in communities across the country watched in horror as the killing of Ahmaud Arbery was brought to light on our phone screens and in TV broadcasts,” the governor said. “Ahmaud was the victim of vigilante-style violence that has no place in our country or in our state.”
The new law now bars citizens from making a citizen’s arrest if a crime is committed in their presence or “within their immediate knowledge.”
However, Georgia law still allows someone to defend themselves and allows for business owners to detain suspected thieves until police arrive.
Licensed security personnel and people who work at restaurants can still detain a suspect if they are stealing or they refuse to pay for food they took or already ate.
Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, was on hand at the ceremony when Kemp signed the bill into law at the state Capitol.
Cooper Jones announced the launch of the Ahmaud Arbery Foundation last week on the day that would have been her son’s 27th birthday.
WSB-TV reported that the Foundation will serve to help youth minorities with financial literacy and mental and physical wellness.
A video captured the scene where Arbery was jogging through a neighborhood near Brunswick in Glynn County on February 23, 2020 and was chased down by three men who thought he committed a crime. The 25-year-old Arbery walked onto private property where construction wasn’t yet finished. On the surveillance video, it didn’t show the young man doing anything wrong, outside of standing on private property and looking around.
Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and local resident William “Roddie” Bryan got into their pickup trucks and tried to block Arbery’s path saying later that they thought he was a burglar who had been targeting the neighborhood.
The footage shows the McMichaels pulling ahead of Arbery and stopping their truck in his path when Travis McMichael gets out with a shotgun. The video then shows Arbery reaching for the shotgun and a struggle ensues before McMichael shoots him.
All three suspects facing state murder charges had hate crimes added to the case last month.
Of course, they’re going to throw hate crimes into the mix because today everything is about race, even though it has not been reported that the men said anything at all about Arbery’s race. The timing for their trial could not have been worse for the defendants as the Woke Supremacy took over America. Expect their trial to be hyped up to the level of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was recently convicted of all charges over the death of George Floyd.
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Civil rights groups will probably be reluctant to sing praises for the move by the state legislature and the signing of the bill by Governor Kemp because of the recent election integrity law where every leftist from here to the Mississippi and beyond labeled it racist simply because Democrats and leftists do not want election integrity. They hate voter ID because of its potential to curb voter fraud. And even though black voters out-registered and outnumbered voters of any other Democrat-created political group, Stacey Abrams and other leftist lunatics around the country called the law voter suppression. The madness with that bunch just never ends.
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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