Trial date set for three white men in killing on Black jogger…
A Georgia judge Friday scheduled an October trial for three white men charged with murder in the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was chased and shot while running in the defendants’ neighborhood.
Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley issued a notice stating that jury selection will begin Oct. 18, with the trial commencing as soon as a jury is seated.
Greg McMichael and his grown son, Travis McMichael, armed themselves and pursued Arbery in a pickup truck on Feb. 23, 2020, just outside the port city of Brunswick, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Savannah. A neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, joined the chase and took cellphone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery at close range as they grappled over a shotgun.
Defense attorneys for the three men charged have insisted they committed no crimes. They have said the McMichaels suspected Arbery was a burglar and that Travis McMichael shot him in self-defense.
Authorities didn’t bring charges in the case until more than two months later when the video became public and sparked a national outcry over the case.
All three defendants have been jailed without bond since their arrests.
Fired Atlanta cop on trial for murder gets reinstated…
The firing of the Atlanta police officer charged with murder in the killing of Rayshard Brooks last summer was reversed Wednesday by the Atlanta Civil Service Board.
Garrett Rolfe, who is white, was fired a day after he shot Brooks, a 27-year-old Black man, in a south Atlanta Wendy’s drive-thru. Rolfe was charged with felony murder. The Civil Service Board agreed that Rolfe should have the right to appeal his firing, but the Board did not render a judgment on Rolfe’s actions.
The Atlanta Police Department will have to weigh whether it could fire him again.
Rolfe will still receive payment while he’s on administrative leave, until his criminal charges are resolved, according to Pate.
The case could take some time as Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has tried to recuse herself from his case. It was her predecessor, Paul Howard, who brought the murder charge against Rolfe.
More funding for Pre-K means retaining more teachers…
“We wanted to get the perspectives of those implementing this program on how they interact with funding,” says Stephen Owens, a senior policy analyst with GBPI who authored the report. “Is it adequate? Is it covering all their needs in order to set students up for kindergarten?”
48% of the survey’s respondents said they don’t receive enough money from the state to implement high-quality programs. 32% said state funding is sufficient.
In this episode, Justin Lessler, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, says we’ll reach herd immunity eventually. What’s less certain is how many people will get sick and die along the way.