Georgia overhauls ‘citizen’s arrest’ law after Ahmaud Arbery killing

Georgia overhauls ‘citizen’s arrest’ law after Ahmaud Arbery killing

The Guardian

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Civil rights advocates celebrate bill’s passage, which comes just over a year after the fatal shooting

Georgia lawmakers have approved a bill that would overhaul the state’s citizen’s arrest law, rolling back a Civil War-era statute one year after the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.

The state’s governor, Brian Kemp, is expected to sign the bill into law, which would make Georgia the first state to move toward repealing a citizen’s arrest statute. Georgia’s citizen’s arrest law, which was enacted in 1863 to allow white citizens to capture slaves fleeing north, and was later used to justify hundreds of lynchings, was cited by a prosecutor last year who initially declined to arrest Arbery’s assailants.

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