Georgia NAACP Issues Statement on Joint Press Conference with GBI and Special Prosecutor

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Crystal Greer / communications@naacpga.org


ATLANTA, GA -- There was an advisory that notified the general public of a joint press conference with members of the Georgia NAACP, Southern Christian Leadership Conference [SCLC], the Georgia Bureau of Investigation [GBI] and the District Attorney of Cobb County scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 calling for an investigation into the Waycross and Glynn County records.

There will NOT be a press conference related to the Ahmaud Arbery case including any official of the NAACP at this time. Any government agency or media organization seeking comment regarding this case should contact the State Office of the Georgia NAACP directly. The only public comments that shall be made on behalf of the Georgia NAACP will come directly from Rev. James Woodall, our State President. This is to ensure that all information that is made public on our behalf is accurate and true.

“We remain committed to working with Georgia’s Attorney General Chris Carr, GBI Director Vic Reynolds and Special Prosecutor DA Holmes to ensure that justice is served and judicial accountability is urgent in Southeast Georgia,” says Rev. James Woodall, State President of the Georgia NAACP.

The Georgia NAACP remains focused on its advocacy efforts to ensure that Jackie Johnson and George Barnhill are both held responsible in the miscarriage of justice. Prosecutorial accountability is necessary to ensure that the safety of every Georgian is at the forefront of our legal system. We will continue to work directly with the Arbery family, legal counsel and community leaders of Brunswick to ensure that justice is served.

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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has had an unbroken presence in Georgia since 1917. The Georgia NAACP maintains a network of branches throughout Georgia, from cities to small rural counties. The Georgia NAACP has been the most effective and consistent advocates for African American civil rights in Georgia. You can read more about the Georgia NAACP’s work and mission at naacpga.org.

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