The Trump Effect has emboldened many. Why must some groups have to work incessantly for justice afforded others on a whim? The constancy is tiring. #PoliticsDoneRight
It’s been more than two months since a former Georgia police officer and his son allegedly followed, shot, and killed an unarmed Black jogger on Feb. 23. But somehow prosecutors are just getting around to seeking charges in the incident, according to a press release from prosecutors Tuesday. District Attorney Pro Tempore Tom Durden said in the release that other prosecutors recused themselves “because of either prior employment and/or familial relationships.”
Durden, who was appointed April 13, said after his investigation into the death of Ahmaud Arbery: “I am of the opinion that the case should be presented to the grand jury of Glynn County for consideration of criminal charges.”
Grand juries are, however, prohibited from convening through June 12 in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic. “I have no control over the suspensions due to the pandemic; however, I do intend to present the case to the next available grand jury in Glynn County,” Durden said.
Although the district attorney’s press release failed to name the accused men, they have been identified as ex-police officer Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael, according to CNN. Before Durden’s recent statement, one prosecutor defended Travis and argued that he’s protected by a state law that allows citizens to make arrests, the news network reported.
In a 911 call CBS obtained, however, the caller can’t even definitively say that Arbery committed a break-in. By the caller’s own admission, the man later identified as Arbery was doing little more than jogging in front of a southeast Georgia home that had before been broken into. When the dispatcher on the call asked: “And you said someone is breaking into it right now?” The caller responded: “No it’s all open. It’s under construction, and he’s running right now. There he goes right now.”
Source: ‘It was a lynching’: Ex-Georgia cop and son accused of tracking down and killing Black jogger
There are two things that are confusing me.
For one, a prosecutor seems to think that shooting someone twice is arresting them.
The other is what seems to be an objection that the murderer and his son were not charged with murder without a true bill from a grand jury establishing that there is probable cause that the defendant committed a crime. Especially given the fact that the court system is currently paralyzed by the coronavirus pandemic and hasn’t been able to convene a grand jury for nearly two months in most areas without risking the lives of the participants.
Now, once the courts have resumed session, a grand jury can be empaneled and the grand jury can find probable cause or not. Given what I’ve read on the case, a failure to find probable cause would be a massive miscarriage of justice!