A Georgia Superior Court decide dominated on Friday that voters can not resolve to abolish the Glynn County Police Department over its dealing with of the homicide of a Black jogger, an incident captured on a cellphone video that created a nationwide outcry.
- Last Updated: September 11, 2020, 11:00 PM IST
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ATLANTA: A Georgia Superior Court decide dominated on Friday that voters can not resolve to abolish the Glynn County Police Department over its dealing with of the homicide of a Black jogger, an incident captured on a cellphone video that created a nationwide outcry.
Liberty County Judge Charles Rose dominated that the authority to abolish a police division rests with native officers and was not topic to a public referendum.
The transfer to abolish the Glynn County Police Department was spurred by the taking pictures loss of life of Ahmaud Arbery, 25, by two white males, together with a former police officer. The killing occurred in February however the suspects have been charged solely after state authorities turn into concerned two months later.
Michael Browning, the chair of the Glynn County Board of Commissioners, mentioned that it was the precise resolution.
“This was unconstitutional from the get-go,” mentioned Browning who pushed for the lawsuit to cease the referendum.
State Senator William Ligon, who began poll initiative was not instantly out there for remark. The state legislature accredited of the referendum in June and Gov. Brian Kemp signed it into regulation in August, prompting the county fee’s lawsuit.
A former Glynn County police officer, Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34, have been charged with homicide and aggravated assault within the Arbery case.
Police say Gregory McMichael noticed Arbery jogging by his neighborhood exterior of Brunswick and mentioned he believed Arbery appeared like a housebreaking suspect. The elder McMichael known as his son and the 2 armed themselves and drove after Arbery.
The cellphone video seems to indicate Arbery was chased and shot with a shotgun. The Department of Justice is investigating the police division over the delay in bringing fees.
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