“If you’re going to amend the bill, we have to get rid of citizen’s arrest because we can’t have this happen again in this country and certainly not in this state of Georgia,” said Democratic state Rep. James Beverly.
“We’re standing ready to move forward. We want justice,” said state Rep. Al Williams, a Democrat who echoed the call for the elimination of the citizen’s arrest law.
“There is no place for lawlessness and vigilantism. There is no way that I’ve got to be terrified every time one of my five sons are out just because they happen to be African American.”
The bill’s sponsor, Republican state Rep. Chuck Efstration, also called on the Senate to push the bill through last week.
“Members of the Georgia House will be monitoring the Ahmaud Arbery case to see if we may need to review the law on ‘citizen arrests’ and other issues,” he said in a statement. “It is now time for the Georgia Senate to do the right thing and pass the Georgia Hate Crimes Act without delay.”