According to CNN, an autopsy was obtained on Tuesday for Ahmaud Arbery, the 25 year old black man who was killed while minding his own damn business, jogging in a Georgia neighborhood and was recklessly gunned down. And it confirmed what we already knew. The video surveillance shows him fighting for his life and trying to stop the father and son from shooting him yet again, for a third time. He was shot twice in the chest with a third bullet grazing his right wrist, according to an autopsy report released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Ahmaud was murdered by two white males with a shotgun, Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael.
Come to find out, murder suspect Gregory McMichael (the father) spent 8 years working as a Chief Investigator with no arrest powers. Before he retired in 2019, he fell behind in his training as a law enforcement officer and worked for nearly 25 years without the arrest authority. According to documents obtained by sites including News4Jax and 11alive, McMichael was informed by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Councill (POST) in 2014 that he had not completed enough hours of his training. Because of the missed training hours, his arrest powers were revoked in 2006.
“Until his arrest powers are restored, he is to hand over his badge, any identification cards identifying him as a Deputy Sheriff or District Attorney’s Office Investigator, his department issued firearm as well as his department issued vehicle equipped with emergency lights and sirens,” the memo said.
McMichael told investigators he fell behind in his training due to health issues after suffering two heart attacks. McMichael said he also had to file for bankruptcy due to “overwhelming medical bills” for himself and for cancer treatment for his wife.
McMichael was told that he must complete his training hours by May 8, 2014 and pay a $400.00 application fee and request a waiver from the Georgia POST or risk suspension. After it was found he spent eight years without any desk powers, Glynn County District Attorney Jackie Johnson moved McMichael to desk duty instead of firing him, reported WSBTV.
After McMichael was granted a waiver and allowed to continue working at the office, Johnson wrote a letter to Georgia POST director Mitch Jones thanking him for his generosity. “This situation has been a great embarrassment to me and to Investigator McMichael. It has negatively impacted my office, and I have taken measures to ensure that this doesn’t happen again,” Johnson said. “Please accept my sincere apology”.
In 2019, Georgia POST suspended McMichael for failure to maintain training in 2018. Another memo shows that after Johnson’s office suspended McMichael for two weeks, he was moved to a nonofficer position from February 2019 until his retirement in June that year.
“McMichael will not engage in any activity that would be construed as being law enforcement in nature. To that end, Mr. Michael will not carry a firearm or badge, nor will he operate any vehicle in the motor pool outfitted with lights, siren, or police radio equipment”, the memo states.
In the meantime, Johnson has recused herself from the investigation on February 27 because of the conflict of interest as McMichael use to work at her office. The case is being handled by Barnhill, despite already suggesting to the Glynn County Police Department that no charges should be brought forward. Greg and Travis McMichael remain in custody charged with murder following their arrest more than two months after Arbery was killed.
The question shouldn’t be “What was he doing on the construction site”? The question should be “Is it worth his life”? And the answer is “NO”. and “HELL NO AGAIN”!!! Why are we analyzing the logistics of the scenario? Instead, why aren’t we analyzing why the lives of black people are taken without remorse, regard or punishment? Why do we need to analyze IF THE LEGITIMACY OF HIS LIFE BEING TAKEN AWAY WAS JUSTIFIABLE?
THAT should be the discussion.
Georgia is one of four states that doesn’t have a HATE CRIME PREVENTION law. Why not? This is something that needs to change. And lets just clear the record, an example of justifiable homicide would be self defense, capital punishment, and police shooting. And none of these fit the script!
We lift up Ahmaud’s family in deep prayer. This is beyond disheartening and it is exhausting. Every single day we must not take for granted that we are still here, breathing and living among our loved ones. Every single day we ought to be thankful that it’s not even worse for us as Black humans. It took two whole months (keep in mind, wer’e living in 2020) just to arrest these ‘you know what’s’. There is no question that they deserve life in prison. Period. But will that happen?