Former district attorney Jackie Lee Johnson was indicted over her handling of Ahmaud Arbery’s case.
Johnson allegedly violated her oath of office by expressing “favor and affection to Greg McMichael during the investigation into the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery.” Johnson’s indictment also accuses her of “directing that Travis McMichael should not be placed under arrest,” thereby obstructing law enforcement.
In May of 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced that two arrests were made in relation to the death of Ahmaud Arbery. The 25-year-old black man was unarmed and jogging when he was killed on February 23, igniting racial tensions across Georgia.
According to the bureau, Arbery was confronted by Gregory McMichael and his son Travis who shot and killed him. Both Gregory, 64, and Travis, 34, were charged with murder and aggravated assault.
“The path to justice for Ahmaud Aubrey and his family has been a long and arduous one, but the indictment is yet another step in the right direction,” Aubrey family attorney Benjamin Crump said during the press conference. “Former DA Johnson may not have pulled the trigger on the day Ahmaud was murdered, but she played a starring role in the cover-up.”
In 2020, Arbery’s death contributed to the destructive racial justice protests that swept across the country. Other black Americans’ names were chanted alongside his, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
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