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    The mother of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Black man who was pursued and fatally shot last year while jogging through a Georgia neighborhood, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday alleging an attempt by police and prosecutors to "cover up" her son's murder. The suit comes exactly one year after Arbery was allegedly cornered and shot by a group of civilian men. On February 23, 2020, Arbery was jogging through a Brunswick neighborhood when he stopped at a construction site for a drink of water or to rest, the complaint said. As he continued his run, he was then allegedly pursued and then cornered by Gregory McMichael and his son Travis, who are both White. A third man, William Bryan, is also accused of boxing Arbery in with his truck before Travis shot him three times. More than two months after Arbery's death, the McMichaels were arrested and charged with murder and...
    More On: Ahmaud Arbery Judge denies bail request for Ahmaud Arbery suspect Ahmaud Arbery suspect wants prison release due to high blood pressure Ahmaud Arbery’s accused killers want ‘loaded words’ like ‘victim’ banned at trial Suspect in Ahmaud Arbery killing called DA from scene for help: prosecutors The mother of slain black jogger Ahmaud Arbery filed a $10 million federal lawsuit Tuesday — the one-year anniversary of her son’s death — accusing authorities in Georgia of trying to cover up the killing. Wanda Cooper said in papers filed in the Southern District of Georgia that prosecutors botched the case into her son’s death for months after he was chased down and shot by three white men, including a former cop. The lawsuit names the three men — Travis McMichael, his son Travis, and William “Roddie” Bryan — as well as prosecutors and police officers and officials in Glynn County....
    Loading the player... On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was fatally shot while jogging through a Georgia suburb. Gregory and Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. all face murder charges in the death that added to a season of civil unrest and calls for social justice. Read More: Travis McMichael attempts to explain killing of Ahmaud Arbery in new bodycam video A year later, Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, opened up to NBC News reporter Blayne Alexander about her son and the tragic incident.  “I try but when I laid Ahmaud to rest last February, a part of me left also and it’s hard,” she remarked regarding the ability to move on. “It’s rough. As time passes, I realize that Ahmaud is never coming back. I think before I was numb. I was in a state of just being numb. And as the days have passed, the numbness has left, and I’m really — it’s...
    NBCUniversal A year after Ahmaud Arbery was chased and gunned down, his mother says she's unable to move on.  "As time passes, I realize that Ahmaud is never coming back," Wanda Cooper-Jones told NBC. Arbery's death was one of several that prompted Black Lives Matter protests last summer.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The mother of Ahmaud Arbery reflected on the death of her son a year after he was killed while jogging through a coastal Georgia town.  Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man was chased and gunned down by a 64-year-old former police officer, Gregory McMichael, and his 34-year-old son, Travis McMichael, on February 23, 2020. The McMichael's were white.  A video of the encounter taken by William "Roddie" Bryan went viral in May. The McMichaels were arrested on May 7 on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault. Bryan was also arrested on May 21 on a...
    (CNN)Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced an overhaul of the state's citizen's arrest law Tuesday, one that was used to justify the death of Ahmaud Arbery last year. Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was out for a jog near Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23, 2020, when he was chased down in a truck by three men and fatally shot. Two of the three men -- Gregory and Travis McMichael -- claimed to be conducting a citizen's arrest and acted in self-defense. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.Under the new law, a detained offender must be released or the person conducting the citizen's arrest must call law enforcement within an hour. If authorities do not arrive within an hour, the detainee must be released, according to CNN affiliate WGCL-TV. The Civil War-era law initially said a private person can arrest an offender...
    The Georgia district attorney, who was criticized for her handling of the Ahmaud Arbery shooting death, lost her reelection bid this week and put much of the blame on the case, which drew national attention. Keith Higgins, an independent, ousted Jackie Johnson, a Republican, who had served a decade as the top prosecutor in southeast Georgia's Brunswick Judicial Circuit. Johnson told the Associated Press that she believed Arbery's death played a major role in her defeat. "It was a very big factor," Johnson said. "I'm confident that when the truth finally comes out on that, people will understand our office did what it had to under the circumstances." Unofficial election returns Wednesday showed Johnson carried four of the five counties in her circuit. But Glynn County, where Arbery was killed and the circuit's most populous county, favored Higgins by a huge margin. Johnson called the newly-elected district...
    Loading the player... Tennis superstar Naomi Osaka receives heartfelt messages from the family members of Trayvon Martin and Ahmaud Arbery after honoring their loved ones. Read More: Naomi Osaka wears Trayvon Martin mask at US Open: ‘Things have to change’ She has made it her mission to spread awareness on social justice issues by wearing the names of victims of racial injustice on a protective face mask while playing in the 2020 US Open. Osaka is equipped with seven masks, one for each round, and thus far has worn masks in honor of  Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and George Floyd in addition to Arbery and Martin. NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 06: Naomi Osaka of Japan talks in a post match interview wearing a mask with the name of Trayvon Martin printed on it after her Women’s Singles fourth round match win against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia on...
    Naomi Osaka donned the latest in a series of statement-making face masks on Sunday, wearing a covering that paid tribute to slain 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The 22-year-old tennis star has been using her masks for activism during the US Open, sporting custom pieces that bare the names of black men and women who have been killed by police or in other racist attacks. On September 6, she entered the court at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Cente for her face-off against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia — whom she defeated 6–3 — while wearing a colorful Nike ensemble and a black mask featuring Trayvon's name in all caps. Making a statement: Naomi Osaka wore a 'Trayvon Martin' face mask to the US Open on September 6 The 22-year-old tennis star said: 'I remember Trayvon’s death clearly. I remember being a kid and just feeling scared' 'I actually didn’t...
    Three men have been indicted on murder charges in the death of Ahmaud Arbery. Greg McMichael, 64, his son, Travis McMichael, 34, and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. were indicted by a grand jury on charges including malice and felony murder, Joyette Holmes, the district attorney of Cobb County, announced on Wednesday. Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was shot to death on February 23 after he was confronted by the McMichaels, two white men who claimed at the time they were trying to conduct a citizen's arrest because they believed Arbery was the suspect in a series of robberies in the area. The father and son were not arrested until May, shortly after the release of video taken by Bryan Jr. This story is breaking and will be updated. News Racial Discrimination Georgia death murder hate crime
    In a historic move, Georgia finally passed hate crime legislation for the state. In a bi-partisan effort, House Bill 426 will mandate enhanced sentencing for defendants convicted of targeting a victim because of their “actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, mental disability, or physical disability.” READ MORE: Andrew Cuomo wants to make false, Amy Cooper 911 calls a hate crime The bill had been previously stalled in Georgia’s legislature, but gained renewed support after the killing of Ahmaud Arbery by Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael on February 23. The slaying was caught on video, and investigators testified that Arbery’s killers called him a racial slur after shooting him to death. “I think we’re really at sort of a tipping point right now,” Republican State Senator Bill Coswert told CBS News, “this has been brought about by some of the recent events that have...
    ATLANTA (AP) — A bill to let local voters decide whether to abolish the scandal-plagued Glynn County police department has gone to Gov. Brian Kemp for his approval or veto, having gained support in the Georgia legislature after the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. The state House voted 159-3 on Monday to approve Senate Bill 504, creating a nonbinding advisory referendum on whether to abolish the department and hand its law enforcement responsibilities back to the elected county sheriff in unincorporated parts of the coastal Georgia county. A separate measure that would make the referendum binding passed the House on Friday by a vote of 152-3 and is pending before the Senate. If that also passes in the waning days of this legislative session, it would fall to Kemp to decide how much power to give the county’s voters to decide the issue in November. Glynn County...
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