Jackie Johnson Wiki – Jackie Johnson Biography
Jackie Johnson is a former district attorney in Georgia. She was indicted on charges of violating her oath of office and obstructing a police officer in connection with an investigation into the killing of Ahmaud Arbery.
Arbery, a Black jogger, was gunned down by two white men who chased him in a truck. The attack was caught on film by a third white man driving behind them in another truck.
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Ahmaud Arbery Death
Arbery was killed on Feb. 23, 2020, after a white father and son, Greg and Travis McMichael, armed themselves and pursued the 25-year-Black man in a pickup truck after spotting him running outside their neighborhood in the coastal city of Brunswick.
A neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, joined the chase and took cellphone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery at close range with a shotgun. The McMichales said they believed Arbery was a burglar and was shot after attacking Travis McMichael with his fists.
Police did not charge any of them immediately following the shooting. McMichaels and Bryan remained free for more than two months until the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case. All three were charged with murder in May 2020 and face trial this fall.
Greg McMichael had worked as an investigator in Johnson’s office and left a cellphone message following the shooting.
Jackie Johnson Charged
Former Brunswick Judicial Circuit top prosecutor Jackie Johnson is accused of showing favor to one defendant in the killing, retired police officer Greg McMichael, 65, who had worked for her as an investigator.
The grand jury indictment says Johnson recommended the appointment of another county’s prosecutor to handle the case without revealing that she had previously sought the assistance of that prosecutor in the Arbery investigation.
Johnson also is accused of improperly blocking the arrest of Travis McMichael, Greg’s son.
The McMichaels had chased and shot Arbery, 25, in their truck on Feb. 23, 2020, in Brunswick.
The attack was caught on film by a third man, William “Roddie” Bryan, driving behind them in another truck.
Travis McMichael shot Arbery three times with a shotgun.
Johnson was the DA at the time of the killing. Although she disqualified herself from handling the case as a prosecutor, the grand jury indictment says she took several actions, which delayed the arrests of both McMichaels and Bryan.
The grand jury said Johnson, in doing so, failed “to treat Arbery and his family fairly and with dignity.”
If convicted of that felony charge, violating a public officer’s oath, Johnson faces a sentence of between one and five years in prison.
After taking the case, Barnhill had defended the conduct of the McMichaels and Bryan, writing to Glynn County Police that the men had “solid first-hand probable cause” to chase Arbery, a “burglary suspect,” and stop him.
The indictment also says Johnson knowingly and willingly hindered the lawful discharge of the duties of two Glynn County police officers “by directing that Travis McMichael should not be placed under arrest.”
If convicted of that misdemeanor charge, Johnson faces up to a year in prison.