NAN urges all to join the fight for justice and calls for charges to be brought against the father and son perpetrators, one of whom is a former law enforcement officer.
New York, NY – Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and president of National Action Network (NAN), is demanding an immediate investigation into the case of an unarmed 25-year-old man, Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed by a a former Glynn County police officer and his son in Brunswick, Ga., on Feb. 23.
There have been no charges or arrests in connection with the killing and Rev. Sharpton and NAN are calling for an investigation for racial profiling and the unjust illegal use of Georgia’s citizen arrest statute. Rev. Sharpton and NAN were brought into the case by the family of Mr. Arbery and their attorney S. Lee Merritt.
“NAN and I are closely following this case and we will apply pressure until this case is fully investigated and those responsible are held to account for their acts that led to the killing of unarmed Ahmaud Arbery while he was jogging,” Shaprton said in a statement released today (April 29). “Justice delayed is justice denied and we are vigorously pursuing for all parties to be held accountable for the death of Ahmaud. We demand an impartial investigation over racial profiling as one of the perpetrators should not be granted immunity because he is a former law enforcement officer.”
Arbery’s family and their attorney believes his murder qualifies as a hate crime and should be reviewed under The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act 28 U.S.C. § 994 note Sec. 280003. Merritt is also calling for a special prosecutor on the case.
“The family of Ahmaud Arbery is relieved to receive the support of the NAN under the leadership of Rev. Al Sharpton,” Merritt says. “” NAN will be working closely with our attorneys to ensure Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael are vigorously prosecuted and appropriately sentenced. Our attention now turns to DA Tom Durden of Liberty County, Ga., where the case has been referred. Mr. Durden has held this file since April 22. He has not met with the Arbery family nor requested the assistance of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) in the handling of the case. As the DA for Liberty County, Mr. Durden likely shares similar conflicts that required two other county DAs to recuse themselves from this case. As such, we are demanding that Mr. Durden turn this file over to an independent special prosecutor.”