Rand Paul Says Justice System 'Needs to Do Better' in Response to Ahmaud Arbery's Death

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul offered his condolences to the family of Ahmaud Arbery Saturday and called for the U.S. justice system do better in the wake of the February shooting of the Georgia jogger.

Paul echoed the sentiment of several national lawmakers who have criticized the Georgia legal system and the district attorney for failing to bring charges against the father and son who only this week were arrested on murder and assault charges.

Gregory McMichael, 64, and Travis McMichael, 34, are now in the custody of the Glynn County Sheriff's Department nearly three months after the alleged murder of Arbery. He was shot to death on February 23 in Brunswick, Georgia.

Public outcry and national attention from figures like Paul occurred only after a video of the killing emerged on social media last week and the family saying the 25-year-old was chased down and shot by the two white men as a victim of racial profiling.

"Nothing justifies the shooting of #AhmaudArbery in Georgia. My heart goes out to his family and I hope justice is done. Our criminal justice system needs to do better," the Kentucky senator tweeted Saturday.

On Thursday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced the arrests of the McMichaels. The district attorney who previously led the investigation into Arbery's February death told police he did not see grounds for an arrest of either of the McMichaels, according to a memo first obtained by USA Today.

President Donald Trump on Friday told Fox News he had seen the "troubling" video of the incident and he described it as a "very disturbing situation." Trump reiterated that state and local Georgia law enforcement would be looking at the case against the father and son who now stand accused of murder and assault charges.

When pressed on whether he believes racial issues played a part in Arbery's death, the president replied: "Justice getting done is the thing that solves that problem. But it's a heart-breaking thing."

Arbery's family told NBC News they were relieved to find out the state would finally be taking up the case. "I was in a numb state because I had waited for ... two months and two weeks," Wanda Cooper-Jones said Saturday. She added that the arrest of the McMichaels is just the first step; they now need convictions.

The McMichaels have said they thought Arbery was a burglary suspect tied to recent crimes in the area, according to Glynn County police reports. The two said they were armed due to their belief that Arbery would potentially have a firearm himself.

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul offered his condolences to the family of Ahmaud Arbery Saturday and demanded that the U.S. justice system do better in the wake of the February shooting of a Georgia jogger. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images/Getty
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