Ahmaud Arbery: Demonstrators glad to see arrests, demand resignation of Brunswick and Waycross district attorneys

Arbery's family: Work "just beginning"

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis, will stay in jail for a while. They’re accused in the February murder of Ahmaud Arbery, 25.

A few hours before the suspects appeared in court, hundreds of demonstrators rallied outside the courthouse to honor the life of Arbery.

He would’ve turned 26 on Friday.

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“It hurt so bad 'cause we will never see him again,” said one of Arbery’s aunts.

The family and demonstrators continue to demand justice. They want the district attorneys from Brunswick and Waycross to resign.

“We demand the resignation of Jackie Johnson. We demand the resignation of George Barnhill,” a demonstrator said.

Johnson is the district attorney for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit who recused herself because Gregory McMichael used to work in her office. Barnhill took over the case. He also eventually recused himself but not before writing a letter to the Glynn County Police Department, saying he didn’t believe the men involved should be arrested.

The demonstrators said they are glad to see arrests made, but they said this is just the beginning.

“We can’t stop now. We can’t lose now. We have to make sure a prosecution is done,” a demonstrator said.

While they wait for the wheels of justice to turn, the family wants everyone to remember Arbery.

“The smile he had on his face when you would see him, oh my goodness. You can’t see smiles like that everywhere. And I see him every day that he is gone,” an aunt said.

Gregory and Travis McMichael will stay in jail until they appear before a superior court judge who will decide if they should be released on bond or held in custody until trial.

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