Anger across the nation has been mounting ever since a video of two men following Ahmaud Arbery – in an altercation that resulted in the unarmed man’s death – emerged. Though the original incident happened over two months ago, it wasn’t until the video surfaced recently that authorities began to act on it.
“It’s a real pain in the ass for us, the fact that this video came out,” said Police Chief Anthony Pickett, who has held his office for 15 years, “normally we can sort of pick and choose how, when, and why we handle cases as they come across our desk. The idea that our agency has been robbed from us on this one is a little disturbing, to say the least.”
When asked if their police department would have pursued justice on this issue if it wasn’t for the growing outcry and pressure from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Pickett responded that it “wasn’t anyone’s damn business” and “not everyone can expect a police response on every little issue.”
“We get calls for everything,” Pickett explained, “From stubbed toes, to bullies, to arson and domestic abuse. What, you want us to respond to everything? In this economy?”
Despite all this, Pickett eventually relinquished late Thursday evening and sent his officers to arrest the two men responsible for the death of Ahmaud Arbery.
“But we’re not going to like it,” the police chief added.