NAACP calls for police chief's resignation over Ahmaud Arbery case

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Cries for justice are being heard across the country for Ahmaud Arbery.This after a video shows the struggle between the 25 year old, who was jogging through a Glynn County neighborhood, and two men before Arbery was shot and killed.Leaders with the Brunswick branch of the NAACP are calling for Glynn County Police Chief John Powell to resign over his department’s handling of the case.Currently he is on administrative leave.This demand from the NAACP comes a day after District Attorney Tom Durden, who is based out of Hinesville, announced that he would present this case before a grand jury for the consideration of criminal charges.Durden was brought in after two other district attorneys recused themselves from the case. The FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are also looking into the case.Below video: GBI comments on Ahmaud Arbery investigationPolice reports show that Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael were the two men involved in the shooting. They told police they believed Arbery was a burglar tied to recent break-ins. As it stands Wednesday, no charges or arrests have been made in the wake of Arbery’s death. Protesters say that is their biggest concern.Despite the shooting happening over two months ago, potential conflicts of interest between previous district attorneys caused a delay in the case. Before moving forward, leaders want to make sure the system is fixed. “We’ve said from the beginning the case hasn’t been handled right,” said Brunswick NAACP’s John Perry. “As a city, we’re sorrowful that this case wasn’t handled right and now we want to assure our citizens that as a community of leaders, we will assure we have a city that operates to the letter of the law.”Perry says he is also calling on the governor to step in on the case.Complicating matters further is that the case will not be heard by a grand jury until at least June 13 because of COVID-19.

Cries for justice are being heard across the country for Ahmaud Arbery.

This after a video shows the struggle between the 25 year old, who was jogging through a Glynn County neighborhood, and two men before Arbery was shot and killed.

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Leaders with the Brunswick branch of the NAACP are calling for Glynn County Police Chief John Powell to resign over his department’s handling of the case.

Currently he is on administrative leave.

This demand from the NAACP comes a day after District Attorney Tom Durden, who is based out of Hinesville, announced that he would present this case before a grand jury for the consideration of criminal charges.

Durden was brought in after two other district attorneys recused themselves from the case.

The FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are also looking into the case.

Below video: GBI comments on Ahmaud Arbery investigation

Police reports show that Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael were the two men involved in the shooting. They told police they believed Arbery was a burglar tied to recent break-ins.

As it stands Wednesday, no charges or arrests have been made in the wake of Arbery’s death. Protesters say that is their biggest concern.

Despite the shooting happening over two months ago, potential conflicts of interest between previous district attorneys caused a delay in the case. Before moving forward, leaders want to make sure the system is fixed.

“We’ve said from the beginning the case hasn’t been handled right,” said Brunswick NAACP’s John Perry. “As a city, we’re sorrowful that this case wasn’t handled right and now we want to assure our citizens that as a community of leaders, we will assure we have a city that operates to the letter of the law.”

Perry says he is also calling on the governor to step in on the case.

Complicating matters further is that the case will not be heard by a grand jury until at least June 13 because of COVID-19.


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