Georgia NAACP Issues Statement on the Arrests of Travis and Gregory McMichael


Crystal Greer /

ATLANTA, GA (May 7, 2020) The murderers of Ahmaud Arbery have been arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. We will continue to send a strong message that hate in any form will not be tolerated in Georgia. We look forward to being present for the McMichaels’ trial.

“The arrest of Ahmaud’s murderers are one step in a long pursuit of justice. They should have been arrested on day one -- however, we are grateful for this small win nevertheless. We plan to continue in our demand of resignations and disbarment of both Jackie Johnson and George Barnhill and we are committed to ensuring that both will never be elected District Attorney in Georgia ever again. We are grateful for the powerful grace of the Arbery family and will stand with and support them every step of the way.”

We are ready as we have been for 111 years to prevent the unlawful lynching of Black people. Racism in America has been a threat to Black life for way too long. We are done dying. Those who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.


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

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