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Georgia gov to repeal citizen’s arrest law after Ahmaud Arbery shooting

Georgia gov to repeal citizen's arrest law after Ahmaud Arbery shooting

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is scheduled to sign a repeal of the state’s citizen’s arrest law on Monday — a move sparked by the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery last year.

The measure, which came under consideration by state lawmakers following Arbery’s death by three white men, will overhaul a Civil War-era law that allows civilians to make citizen’s arrests if they believe a crime was committed, WTVY-TV said in a report.

The new law prohibits citizens from making an arrest if a crime is committed in the person’s presence or “within their immediate knowledge.”

But it still allows for self defense and for business owners to detain suspected thieves.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is set to repeal the the state's citizens' arrest statute.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is set to repeal the the state’s citizens’ arrest statute.
Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP

Licensed security personnel and restaurant employees could still detain a suspect if they are stealing or refusing to pay for food.

The law has been on the books in the Peach State since 1863.

Gregory McMichael (left) and Travis McMichael are facing murder charges and federal hate crime charges.
Gregory McMichael (left) and Travis McMichael are facing murder charges and federal hate crime charges.
Glynn County Detention Center via AP

Kemp is expected to sign the bill at 2 p.m. at the state capitol, with Arbery’s mother expected to be on hand for the signing ceremony, the outlet reported.

Arbery’s caught-on-video death came as he jogged through a residential neighborhood in Brunswick on Feb. 23, 2020 — only to be chased down by three men who suspected him of committing a crime.

Footage of Ahmaud Arbery's death shows the McMichael's cornering him, and Travis McMichael shooting Arbery.
Footage of Ahmaud Arbery’s death shows the McMichaels cornering him, and Travis McMichael shooting Arbery.
AP

Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and local resident William “Roddie” Bryan got into their pickup trucks and tried to block Arbery’s path — claiming they thought he was a burglar that had been targeting the neighborhood.

The footage shows the McMichaels cornering the 25-year-old victim when Travis McMichael gets out with a shotgun and shoots Arbery after a brief struggle.

A mural depicts pays tribute to Ahmaud Arbery, in Brunswick, Georgia.
A mural depicts pays tribute to Ahmaud Arbery, in Brunswick, Georgia.
REUTERS/Dustin Chambers

All three suspects are facing state murder charges in the case — and last month were hit with federal hate crime charges as well.

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