US Ahmaud Arbery's mother files civil rights lawsuit on anniversary of his death

02:35  24 february  2021
02:35  24 february  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Ahmaud Arbery ' s mother just filed a bombshell federal lawsuit , alleging the men charged in her son's death were in cahoots with local law enforcement. Wanda Cooper is suing Greg and Travis McMichael and William Bryan -- the 3 who've been charged in connection with Ahmaud 's killing one year ago today as well as a number Ahmaud 's mom alleges multiple causes of action including excessive force, conspiracy to violate Ahmaud 's civil rights , conspiracy to obstruct justice, a failure to properly train officers, and several others. She's seeking at least a million dollars in damages. Share on Facebook.

Arbery ’ s mother filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday accusing the men charged in her son’s death and local authorities who first responded to the shooting of violating his civil rights . The complaint filed by Wanda Cooper-Jones in U.S. District Court seeks million. Attorneys for the men charged with Other relatives planned a candlelight vigil at a church in Waynesboro, where Arbery is buried in his mother ’s hometown. At the Georgia state Capitol in Atlanta, Democratic lawmakers joined civil rights activists to mark the anniversary . “It is important to remind people of the origins, when it all started

By Rich McKay

a person holding a cell phone: FILE PHOTO: A community gathering remembering George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery outside First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Seattle © Reuters/LINDSEY WASSON FILE PHOTO: A community gathering remembering George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery outside First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Seattle

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The mother of Ahmaud Arbery filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Tuesday against the three men accused of killing her son, a Black man who was chased down and shot dead as he jogged through his Georgia neighborhood.

The $1 million suit, filed by Wanda Cooper on the anniversary of her son's death, also names police and other officials who did not initially bring charges in the case. It alleges the killing was racially motivated, stating that the defendants "were motivated to deprive Ahmaud Arbery of equal protection of the law and his rights by bias, animus, (and) discrimination."

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Ahmaud Arbery ' s family files lawsuit saying police deputized '3 killers' to act as cops, then staged a 'cover-up of his gruesome execution' - as Biden pays tribute to the 25-year-old black man on the anniversary of his death . The federal civil rights complaint, seeking million in damages, was filed Tuesday in the Southern District of Georgia by Arbery ' s mother Wanda Cooper. The suit was filed against the three men accused of murdering her son - Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael and William 'Roddie' Bryan.

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of the death of her son, 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery , and Cooper-Jones said she plans to celebrate his life instead of dwelling on how he was chased and shot to death near his Brunswick, Georgia, home. She and family members plan to hold a candlelight vigil at her son' s gravesite on Tuesday. They also plan to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the three men charged in her son' s death and against the Glynn County, Georgia, Police Department, alleging it shares accountability by encouraging its residents to rely on vigilante justice, the family' s attorney Lee Merritt told

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Filed in the U.S. Southern District of Georgia, the suit claims the Glynn County Police Department and prosecutors were part of a "deliberate effort to cover up Ahmaud's murder," as one of the accused killers was both a former police officer and investigator for the local district attorney's office.

Neither Cooper nor her attorney Lee Merritt were immediately available for comment to Reuters. The Glynn County Attorney's office and the Glynn County District Attorney's office, which oversees the prosecutors, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A video of the Feb. 23, 2020 death of Arbery, 25, in the coastal city of Brunswick sparked outrage across the country, with civil rights activists saying it marked yet another example of a targeted attack on Black man.

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Arbery ’ s death became a national flashpoint two days before the McMichaels’ arrest This is murder. Arbery ’ s mother , Wanda Cooper, told CBS that the footage “proves that The shots reportedly damaged Arbery ’ s right lung, while also fracturing his upper left

One year after Arbery ’ s killing, organizations and leaders in the US reaffirmed calls for social and racial justice reforms. “You should be here,” activist Bernice King tweeted Tuesday. The daughter of civil rights pioneer, the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr, added she was “praying for [ Arbery ’ s ] family and committed to working toward a nation and world where Black men aren’t hunted and gunned down for being Black”. A memorial procession led by Arbery ’ s family has been planned for Tuesday evening near where he was killed.

A former Glynn County police officer, Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34, were charged with murder and aggravated assault, but only after state authorities stepped in about two months after the shooting.

A third man, William "Roddie" Bryan, joined the McMichaels in chasing down Arbery, police say, and shot a video of the incident on his phone. The clip appears to show the McMichaels confronting Arbery before the jogger was shot with a shotgun.

Attorneys for the McMichaels were not immediately available, but Kevin Gough, an attorney for Bryan said that his client will be vindicated.

"The civil suit, like the criminal case, will show that Mr. Bryan acted within the law," Gough said.

A candlelight vigil was planned for Tuesday night in the Waynesboro, Georgia church where Arbery is buried. Attendees are asked to bring their own candles and wear a blue ribbon in his honor.

(Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Aurora Ellis)

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