Op-Ed: What Should Have Happened in the Case of Ahmaud Arbery by Antoine L. Travers

In Response to “Candace Owens argues Ahmaud Arbery shooting isn’t about race, draws outrage

(BALTIMORE – May 11, 2020) – This is all a cop-out for the justice system in the State of Georgia. First, if a man or men commit a hate crime and murder – and that means any man or men, they should be charged for those crimes. At this point, allow that judicial system to do its job. You have to take into consideration that there are several levels involved in this injustice.

The local police department, county sheriffs, and police chief who are handling this incident are legally liable for the public safety in its jurisdiction. Nothing has been done up to this point.

Secondly, you have the GBI [Georgia Bureau of Investigation], the investigation division of Georgia, that has done nothing thus far.

Thirdly, you have the local State’s Attorney or Assistant State Attorney. And up to this point, nothing has been done. And fourth, you have the Federal Bureau of Investigation. And still, nothing has been done?

And finally I want to say, where is the NAACP, Urban League, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Governor, the County Executive, etc.?

All of these people are your elected officials who you all voted for. Why are you not holding any of them accountable for the racist hate crime that has been committed on a young black man.

What should have happened is the following:

1. Suspects should have been arrested and charged with a hate crime on the date of the crime.

2. Suspects should have been held in jail without bail until this trail or case is adjudicated.

3. Once adjudicated, then the suspects sentenced for the hate crime and murder committed on this young black man.

4. Now Next and not last: Every one of these elected officials should be removed from office and charged with the dereliction of their public duty and also charged with and as an accessory to this hate crime. And things like this will never happen again. Everyone of these public officials took an oath to uphold the laws of this state and the laws of the United States of America and can be charged for not upholding their duties while holding their public office or elected position.