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Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man whose family says he was just out for a jog, was chased by two white men who suspected him of being a burglar. One of those men them shot Arbery to death.
Graphic leaked video of the shooting went public this week, causing many on both the left and right to express outrage and disgust.
The father-son duo that hunted Arbery both had ties to law enforcement. The father himself was an ex-cop who recently retired as an investigator for the District Attorney’s office.
A prosecutor — who eventually recused himself from the case — wrote a letter to the police saying he saw no reason to press charges against Arbery’s killers, saying they had a right to conduct a citizen’s arrest and to shoot in self-defense.
The unwillingness of prosecutors to bring charges against people who run in their law enforcement circles is a problem that is brought to the forefront by the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.
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The fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old Georgia black man, is such an obvious case of vigilante murder that it has united some prominent voices of both the left and right in universal outrage.
Though much of the early outrage has focused on the issues of race, open carry, and citizen’s arrest laws — all-important issues in this case — there’s another pertinent issue that deserves critical examination: the often too-cozy relationship between prosecutors and police.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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