Former Georgia District Attorney Jackie Johnson indicted for misconduct in Ahmaud Arbery Case

Former Georgia District Attorney Jackie Johnson indicted for misconduct in Ahmaud Arbery Case



A former Georgia prosecutor has been indicted on misconduct charges alleging she used her position to shield the men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery from being charged with crimes immediately after the shootings.



Jackie Johnson, a former district attorney on the Brunswick judicial circuit, was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday September 2, on charges of violating her oath of office and hindering a law enforcement officer.



According to the Thursday indictment, Johnson failed "to treat Ahmaud Arbery and his family fairly and with dignity" by using her past work with one of the murder suspects, Gregory McMichael, as motivation to shield the men from charges.



On February 23, 2020, Arbery was jogging in a Georgia neighborhood when he was allegedly pursued and cornered by Gregory McMichael and his son Travis, who are both White. The two men were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault in May 2020. The McMichaels told police they believed Arbery was a burglary suspect, claiming they acted in self-defense.


William Bryan, the man who recorded the killing, has been charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. Bryan has maintained his innocence. In May, all three men pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges.


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