Former Georgia district attorney who was accused of mishandling Ahmaud Arbery’s case has been handed in. Arbery was gunned down as he jogged through a neighborhood. The Glynn County Sheriff’s office booked Jackie Johnson early Wednesday morning (Sept. 8). After posting ten thousand bond, she was released from the Glynn County Detention Center.
The public officer previously indicted Johnson on various charges related to obstruction and oath violations. The prosecutor failed to fulfill her role when she showed “favor and affection” towards Greg McMichael, a former colleague who worked in her office for three decades until he retired in 2019, and did not treat him and his family with dignity.
Arbery was violently chased and attacked by McMichael and his son Travis last year while jogging by them. The jogger allegedly was prevented from fleeing by their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan’s truck. Following a scuffle, Travis shot Arbery, who was standing over his dying body when he allegedly called the black man a racial slur.
A Georgia Bureau of Inquiry investigation led to the McMichaels being charged with felony murder. The same allegation is made against Bryan, who has been accused of taking film from the proceedings, although he claims he was a witness. All men are also accused of hate crimes.
Last week, after the announcement of Arbery’s indictment, her mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, said, “Today was a big win.”. This leaves me speechless. Ahmaud unfortunately cannot join us today. The state of Georgia would be changed a bit by losing Ahmaud.
Johnson faces one to five years in prison if she is found guilty of violating her oath. A conviction of the obstruction charge could also result in her spending one year in prison.
This article was penned by Jonathan P. Wright. Jonathan is a freelance writer for multiple mainstream publications and CVO of RADIOPUSHERS. You can read more of his work by clicking here.