Two Glynn County commissioners have told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Johnson's office stopped the Glynn County Police Department from making arrests immediately after the shooting.
“They were told not to make the arrest,” Peter Murphy said.“
She shut them down to protect her friend McMichael,” Allen Booker said.
Greg McMichael, now retired, once worked as an investigator in Johnson’s office. He is one of two men charged in the fatal shooting.
Johnson disputes the allegations in a recently released statement.
Johnson said these accusations were false and “an attempt to make excuses and ignore the problems at the Glynn County Police Department, for which they are ultimately responsible.”
She discussed the case on Big Dog County, a Jesup radio station:
The racially charged case has thrust Georgia’s justice system into the spotlight. Arbery, 25, was black, and suspects Gregory, 64, and Travis McMichael, 34, are white. Arbery’s family said he liked to jog in the Brunswick area where he was shot. One of McMichaels who confronted him that day told police they pursued him because they thought he had been involved in earlier neighborhood break-ins. On Thursday, the GBI arrested the McMichaels and charged them each with murder and aggravated assault.
Over the weekend, Carr asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the handling of the case, focusing in part on discussions between the prosecutors from the state's Brunswick and Waycross judicial districts. On Monday, the federal agency announced on Twitter that it is weighing whether to pursue federal hate crime charges in the Arbery case.
“We are assessing all of the evidence to determine whether federal hate crime charges are appropriate,” DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said on Twitter. “In addition, we are considering the request of the Attorney General of Georgia and have asked that he forward to federal authorities any information that he has about the handling of the investigation.”