In Honor of Dead Jogger, Georgia Becomes First US State to Repeal Citizen’s Arrest Laws

Isn’t “black jogger” redundant?

This jogger would still be alive if it wasn’t for those meddling citizens!

All he was trying to do was rob a construction site!

He was curious about what it was like to rob a construction site!

Boys get curious!


About a year after the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery became national news, and nearly 15 months after he was shot while jogging down a street, Georgia has repealed the vague law being used to defend the men charged with murder in his killing.

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the overhaul he championed at the Georgia Capitol on Monday, alongside a bipartisan group of state lawmakers as well as Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, and sister, Jasmine Arbery.

This is the selfsame Brian Kemp who refused to audit the fraudulent Georgia presidential vote.

He’s a crime lord governor.

“I think the state of Georgia is moving in the right direction by passing this particular bill,” Cooper-Jones said at the Capitol. “Unfortunately, I had to lose my son to get significant change. But again, I’m still thankful.”

At the ceremony, Kemp said, “This bill makes Georgia the first state in the country to repeal its citizen’s arrest statute.”

“Today we are replacing a Civil War-era law, ripe for abuse, with language that balances the sacred right to self-defense of a person and property with our shared responsibility to root out injustice and set our state on a better path forward,” he said.

Brian Kemp won the election by less than 2%. I don’t think he’ll win the next one, and we’ll all be better off for it.

The law, which allowed any citizen to “arrest” another if a crime was committed “within his immediate knowledge,” has been replaced with specific language to provide for citizen detainment in specific circumstances, including shopkeepers who witness shoplifters and restaurant owners and employees who witness “dine and dash” customers.

The men accused in Arbery’s killing have said they thought Arbery had committed a burglary when they chased him through a neighborhood near Brunswick, though no evidence of that crime has emerged.

He was definitely trespassing on private property. Even if you believe he was just out for a jog in his boots and got curious about a construction site and entered it without any intent to case it for a robbery, he did trespass.

It marks the second Georgia law to change in a bipartisan manner following Arbery’s death. The state General Assembly passed a hate crimes statute last summer in Arbery’s name.

“Too often we spend time under the Gold Dome arguing over differences. But the outpouring of bipartisan support that this bill received, I believe, is a testament to the fundamental character of our state,” Kemp said Monday.

“Today, Georgia is doing what is right.”

In a statement, Democratic state Sen. Tonya Anderson said, “Last year, upon the passing of hate crimes legislation, the [Georgia Legislative Black] Caucus made a pledge to end the practice of citizen’s arrest. [On Monday], with the signing of his name, Gov. Kemp has helped us keep that pledge. We are now the first state to repeal citizen’s arrest and I hope not the last.”

Anderson, the chair of the caucus, said, “I ask the governor and my fellow legislators to continue pursuing the goal of criminal justice reform. There is more work to do and we are prepared to do it, together as one Georgia.”

Citizen’s arrest is something that all high-trust societies have.

We are no longer a high trust society.

We are a superstitious, paranoid police state run by Jews.