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Lawmakers commemorate one-year anniversary of Arbery's killing

Lawmakers commemorate one-year anniversary of Arbery's killing
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Several U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday commemorated the one-year anniversary of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was shot while jogging in Georgia.

Newly sworn-in Georgia Sen. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockDemocrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal Democrats scramble to unify before election bill brawl Joe Manchin keeps Democrats guessing on sweeping election bill MORE (D) shared a photo of Arbery on Twitter. Warnock became the first Black U.S. senator from Georgia after defeating former Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Herschel Walker skips Georgia's GOP convention Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock MORE.

“Rest in peace, Ahmaud. You—and so many other Black men and women taken too soon—should be here today,” Warnock wrote. “Today and every day, we will remember your life and your legacy, and we continue to fight for justice in your name.”

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"We should never forget Ahmaud or the continued need to strongly denounce hate & racism in our society," Rep. Donald McEachinAston (Donale) Donald McEachinEnd the practice of hitting children in public schools Political disenfranchisement is fueling environmental injustice White House names members of environmental justice panel MORE (D-Va.) said. "Today I'm thinking of Ahmaud's friends and family, and of the impact his legacy will have on our nation."

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"One year ago the world lost another young Black man, a community lost a leader, and a mother lost her son," Georgia Rep. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathGun violence: Save the thoughts and prayers, it's time for Senate action Sunday shows preview: US hails Israel-Hamas cease-fire; 'vast differences' remain between Biden, GOP on infrastructure Lawmakers brace for battles with colleagues as redistricting kicks off MORE (D), whose 17-year old son Jordan Davis died due to gun violence, wrote. "Ahmaud Arbery - Rest in Power. May we honor your legacy by rejecting empty promises and demanding real reforms." 

Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthTaiwan reports incursion by dozens of Chinese warplanes Concerns grow over China's Taiwan plans China conducts amphibious landing drill near Taiwan after senators' visit MORE (D-Ill.) also took to social media to highlight Arbery's death, writing, "He was killed simply for jogging while Black. Ahmaud should be alive today.

Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyRon Johnson booed at Juneteenth celebration in Wisconsin Black lawmakers warn against complacency after Juneteenth victory Democrats introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for government discrimination MORE (D-Mass.) wrote on Twitter, "It's the responsibility of us in government to dismantle systemic racism in America, for Ahmaud and for every victim of racist violence."

Arbery's death was one of several, including those of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Elijah McClain, that led to nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality last spring and summer.

Arbery was chased down and killed by former Glynn County police officer Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael while jogging in Brunswick, Ga. Both father and son were arrested around three months after Arbery's death and have since been charged with murder and aggravated assault.

Georgia Gov. Brian KempBrian KempNorth Carolina county reverses course, ends coke machine ban MLB All-Star game to stay in Denver, judge rules MLB calls lawsuit over All-Star Game 'political theatrics' MORE announced new legislation last week that would repeal a Civil War-era citizen's arrest statute in order to help eliminate “any potential legal loopholes that could be used to justify vigilantism.”