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GA lawmakers call for federal resources to investigate Arbery killing

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  • All 14 members of Georgia’s congressional delegation signed a letter to Attorney General William Barr asking for federal resources to be used in helping with the investigation into the Ahmaud Arbery case. 
  • Arbery was killed on February 23 but his assailants, a white father and son duo were not arrested till earlier this month. 
  • The case had been riddled with potential conflicts of interest and the initial prosecutors on the case eventually recused themselves, one was fired. 
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Members of Georgia’s Congressional Delegation signed a letter to Attorney General William Barr and Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband asking for the use of “all possible Federal resources to achieve full justice, transparency, and accountability in the case of Mr. Ahmaud Arbery.”

The letter was signed by a bipartisan group of Georgia’s delegation. 

 

They argued that “a full investigation, with robust Federal support, is warranted,” because the case was neglected for months. 

“For months, Mr. Arbery’s family and the community endured their loss without the answers they are entitled to under the law. Across our state, our constituents are increasingly alarmed as we learn additional details about the case and its handling,” the letter stated. 

Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was killed on February 23, after being followed by a white father and son duo who told police they suspected him of being a burglar. Arbery’s family said he was out on a jog. 

After spotting Arbery jogging, Gregory McMichael and his son Travis grabbed two guns and pursued him in their pick up truck, according to a police report. Arbery was shot during an altercation with the pair and died at the scene. 

Business Insider previously reported that the McMichaels were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault earlier this month, more than two months after Arbery was shot.

“The truth will reveal this is not just another act of violent racism,” Gregory McMicahel’s defense attorney Frank Hogue said last week. “Gregory McMichael did not commit murder. Gregory McMichael is not a party to the crime of murder.”

Attorneys for Travis McMichael, Robert Rubin and Jason B. Sheffield, wrote that he has been “vilified before his voice could even be heard.”

The day before their arrest by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Ben Crump the lawyer representing Ahmaud’s father Marcus Arbery spoke to Insider and called for their swift arrest, citing a video of the killing that was leaked earlier this month.

“We have every right to expect an arrest immediately based on the ocular proof presented in that video of his execution,” Crump said.

Initial prosecutors on the case had recused themselves due to conflicts of interest stemming from the elder McMichael’s previous role in law enforcement. By May 11, a fourth prosecutor, Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holme was brought on to the case, at Arbery’s family’s request, Business Insider previously reported

Georgia’s Attorney General Chris Carr announced that he had asked the Department of Justice to conduct a “complete and transparent review of how the Ahmaud Arbery case was handled from the outset,” according to Reuters. 

Now, Rep. John Lewis and other members of Congress from Georgia are asking for additional federal help in the investigation. 

“In particular, we encourage you to honor Georgia Attorney General Carr’s efforts and actions, and we hope the Department will provide strong assistance to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s (GBI) inquiries regarding the criminal investigation and possible misconduct,” their letter wrote. 

The case has garnered outrage across the US. Public figures from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to Lebron James have condemned the killing. 

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