February 23, 2020, an unarmed black man, Ahmaud Arbery, while jogging in his Georgia neighborhood, was fatally shot by a white former police officer and his son.
Reportedly, there were burglaries in the area, and the white former police officer and his son thought Arbery looked like the thief, and so they pursued him with a truck and guns.
Did it matter that Arbery usually jogged five miles a day in this neighborhood — his neighborhood?
Did it matter that as these white “vigilantes” (as some have called them) started to corral Arbery with their truck that he was running down the middle of the road?
It’s not common for criminals to try to escape the scene of the crime by jogging down the middle of the road in plain view.
According to Arbery’s family, the police came to their door implying that he was fatally shot during a burglary. The implication was that Arbery was not a victim, but was the suspect.
Efforts continue to restore water service for thousands of Detroit residents now facing additional health dangers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Be informed and show your support:
1. Letter from Rep. Rasida Tlaib to Gov. Whitmer in support of a Detroit Water Restoration Task Force
Click here to view Rep. Tlab’s letter to Gov. Whitmer.
2. ACLU letter to Gov. Whitmer urging her to expedite the restoration of water services for Detroit residents.
Click here to view ACLU’s letter to Gov. Whitmer.
3. Proposal for creation of a Detroit Water Restoration Task Force
Click here to view proposal for creation of Detroit Water Restoration Task Force.
4. Write to Gov. Whitmer supporting Clean Water and Sanitation Access for All Michiganders.
Click here to view a sample letter to Gov. Whitmer.
In a recent interview published by legal industry trade journal Legal News, MCHR Chair Cary McGehee discussed a range of topics relating to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The COVID-19 virus has complicated life for everyone. The April 2020 edition of the MCHR Newsletter features information on resources available during the crisis.
The People’s Water Board has released some important updates, information and things you can do to help in this emergency public health situation.