Georgia Governor Praises Attorney General for Requesting DOJ to Probe Handling of Ahmaud Arbery Case

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Sunday praised Attorney General Chris Carr for requesting the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct an investigation into the handling of the deadly shooting of Ahmaud Arbery.

"We are committed to a complete and transparent review of how the Ahmaud Arbery case was handled from the outset," Carr said in a statement released on Sunday. "The family, the community and the state of Georgia deserve answers, and we will work with others in law enforcement at the state and federal level to find those answers."

The attorney general has requested the DOJ probe the "communications and discussions" pertaining to the case between the Office of the District Attorney of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit and the Office of the District Attorney of the Waycross Judicial Circuit. These two district attorneys were assigned to the case before they recused themselves.

The DOJ will also investigate other elements in Arbery's case, according to a news release from the attorney general's office.

Kemp expressed his support for the investigation and praised Carr for requesting it on Sunday evening.

"Thank you, [Carr]. This is another positive step to ensure truth and justice prevail," the governor tweeted.

Thank you, @Georgia_AG. This is another positive step to ensure truth and justice prevail.

— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) May 11, 2020

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) on Wednesday announced that Gregory McMichaels, a 64-year-old former law enforcement official, and his 34-year-old son, Travis McMichaels, were arrested in connection with the February 23 fatal shooting of the 25-year-old Arbery.

Both men were "charged with murder and aggravated assault. The McMichaels were then taken into custody and will be booked into the Glynn County Jail," the GBI said.

News of their arrests came after a recently-surfaced video of the shooting caused widespread outrage. The video showed Arbery, who is black, falling to the ground after a confrontation with two white men traveling in a truck. Arbery was unarmed and out for a jog in Georgia's Glynn County when he was fatally shot following the confrontation.

Anger among Americans was exacerbated by the fact that neither of the men in the video had been arrested after Arbery's death more than two months ago.

Attorney Alan David Tucker of Brunswick, Georgia, who released the video, said he shared the clip because "people had the right to know." He did not reveal how he was in possession of the footage.

"There had been very little information provided by the police department or the district attorney's office, but there was entirely too much speculation, rumor, false narratives, and outright lies surrounding this event," Tucker told Georgia Public Radio.

"My sole purpose in releasing the video was absolute transparency because my community was being ripped apart by erroneous accusations and assumptions," he added.

Newsweek reached out to the Glynn County Police Department for comment. This story will be updated with any response.

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Demonstrators raise their fists at a parade of passing motorcyclists riding in honor of Ahmaud Arbery at Sidney Lanier Park on May 9, 2020 in Brunswick, Georgia. Sean Rayford/Getty