Ahmaud Arbery family attorney Benjamin Crump is "cautiously optimistic" that the newly appointed prosecutor, Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes, will ensure justice. “We want this black woman to think of Ahmaud as somebody who could have been her child," Crump said.
BENJAMIN CRUMP: Our legal team is cautiously optimistic that Joyette Holmes, the Cobb County district attorney who has been appointed now to prosecute the killers of Ahmaud Arbery-- she is the fourth prosecutor assigned to this case. She was assigned by Governor Kemp. She is a African-American woman.
And so we are cautiously optimistic for that reason primarily-- besides other reasons-- because we want to believe that she understands the life experiences and the struggles that African Americans encounter every day in dealing well, whether it be law enforcement or quasi-law enforcement figures who feel they have the right to violate the constitutional rights of African Americans.
And so we want this black woman to think of Ahmaud as somebody who could have been her child. And I think in other cases where you had white prosecutors, I don't think they could envision that what happened to Ahmaud could happen to their child.