Prominent Atlanta attorney hired to represent mother of George Floyd’s 6-year-old

George Floyd?s death in Minneapolis has caused a strong reaction here in Atlanta. Protests played out Thursday afternoon and more are promised Friday.

Two Atlanta-based attorneys have been hired to represent Roxie Williams, the mother of George Floyd’s 6-year-old child.

L. Chris Stewart of Atlanta-based Stewart Trial Attorneys and law partner Justin Miller traveled to Minneapolis last week to meet with former NBA player Stephen Jackson and to rally with hundreds of supporters of Floyd, the African American man who died Memorial Day in police custody.

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Stewart has handled numerous high-profile civil rights cases including the death of Walter Scott, the South Carolina man who was shot and killed by North Charleston police Officer Michael Slager.

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Scott’s shooting was captured on video and contradicted the officer’s account. Slager was eventually sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. The city of North Charleston settled with Scott’s family for $6.5 million.

Stewart also represented the family of Gregory Towns, a Georgia man who was tased to death in 2014 by East Point police Officers Marcus Eberhart and Howard Weems. Eberhart was convicted of murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Weems was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

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Most recently, Stewart was hired to serve as local counsel for Wanda Cooper-Jones, the mother of Ahmaud Arbery, the Brunswick man who was shot and killed after reportedly being stopped by Greg and Travis McMichael as he jogged through their neighborhood.

Video footage shows the fatal encounter between Greg McMichael, Travis McMichael and Ahmaud Arbery. The McMichaels say it was self-defense and had followed Arbery in their truck because they believed he was responsible for a string of burglaries in Satilla Shores. Arbery was unarmed and jogging in the Brunswick neighborhood in February.

The McMichaels and William “Roddie” Bryan were charged last month in connection with Arbery’s killing.

Tens of thousands of people nationwide have protested in numerous cities over Floyd’s death, with many of those rallies turning violent and resulting in hundreds of arrests.