On the one year anniversary of the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, President Biden issued a tweet proclaiming that “A black man should be able to go for a jog without fearing for his life.”
“Today, we remember Ahmaud Arbery’s life and we dedicate ourselves to making this country safer for people of color,” Biden added.
Former Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in California Errol Webber was one of several who pushed back against Biden’s claims that black men fear for their life while jogging.
“I’m a black man and I never have feared for my life while jogging,” Webber, who is black, responded.
I’m a black man and I never have feared for my life while jogging.— Errol Webber For CA Governor (@ErrolWebber) February 23, 2021
NBC News wrote an article that said, “A year after Ahmaud Arbery was fatally shot while jogging in Georgia, black runners all over the country are still feeling the effects.”
As they noted, two white men are awaiting trial for the shooting and a third man, who also was arrested, recorded the shooting on cellphone video. They didn’t, however, provide any other examples of “black runners” being killed while jogging.
One Twitter user wasn’t happy with the way that NBC used the phrase “fatally shot” and suggested that “the rest of us might know it” as “murdered.” They insisted, “Words matter.”
"Fatally shot," or as the rest of us might know it "murdered."— Ho-stradamus (@HStradamus) February 23, 2021
It was also reported that Arbery’s mother has filed a lawsuit alleging that local law enforcement officials and the men who killed her son conspired to protect Arbery’s assailants.
Wanda Cooper-Jones filed a suit seeking more than $1 million in damages and naming as defendants the three men who were arrested as well as several district attorneys, the county government and a handful of law enforcement officers.
The complaint alleges that “For nearly three months, Glynn County police officers, the chief of police, and two prosecutors conspired to hide the circumstances surrounding Ahmaud’s death and to protect the men who murdered him.”
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