The Signing of House Bill 479 at the Georgia State Capitol
The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus thanks the Governor for his leadership on this issue to ensure this antiquated law is finally and permanently repealed.
We want to thank members of both chambers for pushing forward bipartisan legislation to end this practice of legalized vigilantism. We especially want to acknowledge Rep. Carl Gilliard (D – Savannah) and other GLBC members who for the past two years have been championing this cause. We cannot, as a state accept public policy that is unjust and antithetical to our values.
We are all proud Georgians, and we all deserve to live in this great state without fear of violence simply because of our skin color, country of origin, gender, religion, identity, or who we choose to love.
Last year, upon the passing of hate crimes legislation, the Caucus made a pledge to end the practice of citizen's arrest. Yesterday, with the signing of his name, Governor Brian Kemp has helped us keep that pledge. We are now the first state to repeal citizen's arrest and I hope not the last.
We ask the Governor and our fellow legislators to continue pursuing the goal of criminal justice reform. There is more work to do and we are prepared to do it, together as one Georgia.
The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC) represents 68 members who serve in the Georgia General Assembly. Established in 1975, the GLBC has sought to protect the general welfare of African Americans, other people of color, and disadvantaged citizens of Georgia in matters of health and welfare, education, social and criminal justice, employment, and economic empowerment.
For more information about our organization, the members, legislative priorities, and other resources, please visit our website.
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Atlanta, GA 30334