October 20, 2020

Georgia congressmen ask Barr to assist Arbery investigation

All of Georgia’s lawmakers in the U.S. House asked Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday to involve the Justice Department in investigations of the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery as well as potential misconduct by local authorities who took more than two months to bring charges in the case.

All 14 members of the Georgia delegation, Republicans and Democrats, signed the letter addressed to Barr and Eric Dreiband, the assistant attorney general over the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

Arbery was fatally shot Feb. 23 by a white father and son who pursued the 25-year-old black man after spotting him running in their subdivision just outside the port city of Brunswick. More than two months passed before Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, were arrested May 7 on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault

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