Kemp signs bill repealing citizen's arrest law after Ahmaud Arbery shooting
Added 05-10-21 05:57:03pm EST - “Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Monday signed legislation that repeals the state's citizen's arrest law, a year after graphic footage showed the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.” - Thehill.com
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Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempGeorgia governor signs bill barring large cuts in police budgets Stacey Abrams on why she won't quit working: 'The world isn't fair yet' Georgia, South Carolina governors sign bills to pay college athletes MORE (R) on Monday signed legislation that repeals the state's citizen's arrest law, a year after graphic footage showed the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.
The legislation, House Bill 479, removes the ability of most bystanders to detain someone who they believe has committed a crime, and deadly force cannot be used to detain someone unless it’s in defense of property, oneself, or in an attempt to stop a forcible felony.
"Today, I was proud to sign H.B. 479 to overhaul Georgia's citizen's arrest statute, while also protecting every Georgian's sacred right to defend their person and property," Kemp said.
"After the tragic killing of Ahmaud Arbery, we knew that action was needed to ensure an antiquated, Civil-War era statute could not be used to justify rogue vigilantism in the Peach State.”
Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was fatally shot while jogging through Brunswick on Feb. 25, 2020. Greg McMichael and his son Travis began trailing Arbery because they suspected him of being a burglar. The McMichaels, along with William "Roddie" Bryan, chased Arbery through the neighborhood.
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