In February 2020, officers of the Atlanta, Georgia Police Department shot and killed a 25-year-old black man, Ahmaud Arbery. The man went for a jog when police received a report that Arbery looked like a man suspected of a series of robberies in the area.
The officers went after him in their patrol car, while allegedly they asked the man to stop several times, as they wanted to “just talk”. After the unarmed African-American slowed down, the police began to interrogate him. According to police, Arbery attacked one of the officers, making the second one to use deadly force. Three shots rang out, and the man fell to the ground. Later, an autopsy showed that there were no drugs or alcohol in his blood. The video of the murder of 25-year-old Arbery caused outrage across the country, and civil rights activists said that this is another example of a targeted attack on a black man.
In February 2021, Arbery’s mother filed a $ 1 million lawsuit against the city and the police department, claiming that the murder was racially motivated, but in May 2021, the officers involved in his death pleaded themselves not guilty to the man’s death during an ongoing trial.