Georgia’s citizen’s arrest law murdered Ahmaud Arbery. This archaic law is racist in its intent and has been used to justify violence against Black people in Georgia for 150 years. The law must be repealed in its entirety, not simply reformed. (1/3) #sots #sots2021 #gapol
Last year, the Governor celebrated and signed HB 838 into law, a dangerous bill that affirms the power of first responders to use violence against Georgians with impunity and which further erodes community trust in law enforcement. (2/3)
Georgia Republicans can’t have it both ways; ensuring Black lives matter requires the full repeal of the citizen’s arrest law, the full repeal of HB 838, and a commitment to reforming Georgia’s criminal justice system in its entirety. (3/3)

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14 Jan
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