Ana Maria Rosato Fights for
Criminal Legal Reform

Atlanta protest signs of the times June 2020 updated May 2021 | Photo and Video Credit: Ana Maria Rosato for the ACLU of Georgia

Before the public release of the video showing three white men murdering Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, a young Black man in Brunswick, Georgia, Ana Maria Rosato put a New York Times reporter in touch with Christopher Bruce, ACLU of Georgia’s policy director, who connected the reporter with key people on the ground in Glynn County.


On April 26, 2020, The New York Times published Two Weapons, a Chase, a Killing and No Charges. the article that publicized this gruesome murder to its nationwide audience. This critically important article kicked off the national media storm and came out before the video of the murder surfaced and was made public.


Three White Men Murdered Mr. Ahmaud Arbery

The events surrounding the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, harken back to the worst practices of Georgia under Jim Crow. From attending local meetings to ensuring local, state, and national news coverage, the ACLU of Georgia policy and communications departments worked collaboratively with local leaders and citizens in the Brunswick community to bring justice to this horrendous murder.


What happened to Ahmaud Arbery?

On the afternoon of February 23, 2020, Mr.  Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year old Black man, jogged through the Satilla Shores neighborhood — minutes away from his own home — in Brunswick, Georgia. Three local white men deliberately drove through the neighborhood with a gun in hand, shot, and killed him in cold blood. 


Only because of the massive public outcry from the family and local community supporters, statewide organizations like the ACLU of Georgia and the Georgia NAACP, and people throughout the nation were the men arrested 74 days later.


And that was only AFTER the enormous, relentless community pressure caught the eye The New York Times’ reporter Richard Faussett who wrote the first of many national stories about this murder. When video finally surfaced then went viral, the community outcry and organizing coupled with the publicity The New York Times‘ article generated were the men arrested.


The Ahmaud family, community, and  organizational leaders including the ACLU of Georgia came together to hold these three men accountable.


To be crystal clear, none of this should be needed. All people of every race and ethnicity should be safe and feel safe taking a run knowing they will return home safely.


What Happened to Ahmaud Arbery? A Conversation Between the ACLU of Georgia and NAACP Georgia

Liberty Is Peachy Podcast, Ep. 12

In this critically insightful and compellingly robust conversation released as video and podcast, ACLU of Georgia’s political director Christopher Bruce and Georgia NAACP president Rev. James “Major” Woodall answer this question. “What happened to Ahmaud Arbery?” 

Host Kenyatta skillfully guides the conversation between the three of them, all of whom are African American men living in Georgia.

Ana Maria Rosato, producer, ACLU of Georgia’s Liberty Is Peachy podcast

Reimagine Public Safety
It’s past time for our communities and states as well as our nation to reimagine public safety so that any of us can feel and be safe as we walk, jog, or drive down a street knowing that we will return home safely to our family, friends, and community. 
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