T.I., Common, Justin Timberlake, MC Hammer, Others Demand #JusticeforAhmaud

T.I. performing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2006. (photo: Carla from Atlanta, Georgia)

Update: Just moments ago, at about 9:30 PM EST (6:30 PM PST), police charged and arrested Gregory and Travis McMichael, who have been booked in Glynn County Jail in Brunswick, Georgia.

Following widespread public outrage over the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, several high-profile artists have taken to social media and rallied behind the #JusticeForAhmaud hashtag.

Commenting on the tragedy, rapper Common wrote: “With all that’s going on with COVID-19, we still can’t forget and just sit around when lives are being taken for no reason. Let’s commit action to what Justice is supposed to be in America and the world. God Bless.”

T.I. tweeted: “IT WON’T STOP UNTIL WE STOP IT!!”

MC Hammer called the episode “heartbreaking” on Twitter, and his message was accompanied by an uncensored video of the incident.

Additionally, Wacka Flocka posted about the shooting on Instagram, while JoJo tweeted a message in support of Ahmaud and directed fans to a #JusticeForAhmaud petition. At the time of this writing, said petition had received more than one million signatures.

Ice Cube, Meek Mill, Justin Timberlake, and Ciara have also weighed in on Arbery’s death and, more broadly, race relations in contemporary America.

The shooting occurred in a Brunswick, Georgia, neighborhood on February 23rd, 2020, though video was just recently released. The footage was captured not by law-enforcement officials’ body cameras, but by a video camera aimed through the windshield of a moving car – reportedly that of Bryan Williams, a neighbor of the shooters.

In the clip, retired Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Investigator Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael can be seen taking aim at and shooting an unarmed Arbery, who ultimately collapsed to the ground. Police subsequently arrived upon the scene, but did not make arrests; Gregory McMichael had previously called 911 because he suspected Arbery of committing a local break-in and trespassing on a neighbor’s property.

After reviewing the evidence and Arbery’s autopsy report, Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney George E. Barnhill indicated “it is our conclusion that there is insufficient probable cause to issue arrest warrants at this time.” In his report, D.A. Barnhill voiced his belief that the shooting resulted from self-defense; he has also recused himself from the case.

Prosecutors intend to summon a grand jury to review the case’s evidence – and possibly bring criminal charges against Travis and Gregory McMichael – but Georgia courts are expected to remain closed until at least mid-June because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

18 Responses

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    Joe Biden

    Ahmaud Arbery already got what he deserved.

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      Zed

      Karma is coming and it will be a bitch for you one day, you lazy anonymous loser.

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        Joe Biden

        You are right. Karma has a name – Tara Reade.

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          Zed

          Thanks for the loser comment to divert to your idiot agenda.

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      Ally

      That’s rude black people fight for there life everyday now what if that was you

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    Angelito

    Dead guy was beating the crap out of the white guy, and he brought fists to a gun fight. Adios, dummazz.

    Also, I see the media is not reporting the dead guy’s criminal history and are posting angel pictures of the [email protected]

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      Paul

      What was he doing when he got gunned down? Oh yeah, jogging. History or no history, this is inexcusable. If you think you can justify it, you need help.

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        Anonymous

        A lof of black have been gunned down while ‘jogging’… away from the crime scene.

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        Al Jolson

        He was running from a house he just burglarized. Got what he deserved. More frontier justice equals less crime.

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          Fran

          Misinformation. Nice work. You look foolish…again.

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    Angelito

    If some Hollywood idiot is getting on a soapbox, I am not listening. Shut up and sing or pretend to be someone you are not. Those are your jobs.

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      Joe

      Yeah. You are defined by your job. You are not a person and you shouldn’t have any opinions on anything.

      You fucking moron, Angelito. Get a life.

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        Angelito

        Go blow Sean Penn and tell me how it tastes.

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          Joe

          Why would I tell you something you already know? Your response if further proof you’re a douche.

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            Angelito

            Why should some self-absorbed, poorly educated actor or musician be given a rat’s ass of credibility on political opinions?

            Most open there fat mouths then run to their gated mansions to have pedo parties. Go join them already.

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    Angelito

    Angelito is both uninformed and uneducated. Don’t bother reading his comments.