by Tequila Higgins
On February 23, 2020 Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed 25 year old Black man, was gunned down in a South Georgia neighborhood in broad daylight due to a father (Greg McMichael) and son (Trevor McMichael) “policing” their neighborhood attempting do a citizen’s arrest because they thought that he was the person responsible for recent break-ins in their area. Until about 2 weeks ago, this incident went under the radar until the man filming the reckless murder releasing the video and it later going viral. The McMichaels were not arrested until May 7, 2020, and are currently being held without bond.
Ahmaud’s family had been battling this alone. Fighting to get a new prosecutor on the case as the one that was originally assigned to the case was friends with the father, Greg McMichael, and therefore was a conflict of interest. Hence the reason that they had not been arrested and were still free men. Well on Monday, May 11, 2020, Atlanta area district attorney, Joyette M. Holmes was appointed to the Ahmaud Arbery case which would eliminate bias. Holmes is the first Black woman to serve as Cobb County District Attorney. She has experience as both a lawyer and a judge.
The Arbery Family is being represented by Atlanta-based lawyer L. Christ Stewart who has partnered with S. Lee Merritt and Benjamin Crump. They believe that Holmes is a very effective prosecutor and believe that the case will be given a fair shot. “Merritt and Stewart said in a joint statement Monday that they made a request to Carr that a new district attorney be put on the Arbery case because the ‘south Georgia prosecutorial community was tainted by the delay in action prior to the video being released’.” Holmes assures that her office is working expeditiously in getting this case to be moved forward although the courts are closed until June 12. Hopefully jogging while Black doesn’t prove to be a crime once this case is decided.