Hip-Hop superstar Jay-Z and Team Roc are asking the government officials in Georgia seek justice in the case of Ahmaud Arbery.
In an open letter shared with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jigga along with other celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Yo Gotti, Meek Mill, and two of Team Roc’s lawyers, addressed several state officials, including Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.
Arbery’s killers, Gregory and Travis McMichael, were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault in Arbery’s death. According to the group, they see it as a “positive first step” although this comes almost 2 months after Arbery’s death.
By now, we’ve all seen the crime’s disturbing video, so the facts here are not in doubt. He was unarmed and innocent and the victim of a hate crime. Which is why we call upon you today, as official leaders of the Great State of Georgia, and with the entire world watching, to ensure that a fair trial is conducted, as that can only lead to the appropriate felony convictions of both McMichaels. We also implore you to charge William Bryan as an armed accomplice in the crime.
The letter also says that District Attorney Tom Durden should be removed from the case due to “clear conflict of interest” since Gregory McMichael was a former police officer.
As a society we can no longer pretend that the racial inequities, which exist in every facet of our lives, don’t invariably lead down the path to poverty, violence and death. To even think about breaking this cycle we need you to protect the process and preserve the fairness of the trial.
We truly appreciate that you have arrested and charged these men with Ahmaud’s murder, and are hopeful that a trial and conviction will show that, in the state that gave us Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and has been the site of the best and worst of the Civil Rights movement, Dr. King’s words do ring true: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.
Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was murdered by Gregory and Travis McMichael, believing Arbery had participated in the burglary of a residence. Both men have been denied bond.