-Jay-Z Comes To The Aid Of Ahmaud Arbery’s Lawyers By Lending Private Jet
Jay-Z is taking his social activism to a whole new level. Just days after dedicating a series of full-page newspaper ads to George Floyd, the Roc Nation founder came to the rescue of the civil rights lawyers representing Ahmaud Arbery’s family, lending them his private jet to ensure they could attend a preliminary hearing in Brunswick, Georgia.
Making public the “Run This Town” rapper’s generous assistance was S. Lee Merritt of Philadelphia’s Merritt Law Firm. Through an Instagram post uploaded Thursday, June 4, the attorney dished, “When you absolutely have to be in Court to stand with your client and righteous protestors for justice … Jay Z sends his private jet. That’s part of the P.P.E plan to get us out of this Crisis (People Power Political Power Economic Power).”
Merritt’s colleague, Blerim Elmazi, offered a more detailed account on the event leading to Hov’s aid. “Court hearing in Brunswick, Georgia this morning,” he wrote in his own post. “No flights to take us there last night. @leemerrittesq and I spent hours trying to find flights or cars. At 1 am we started losing hope till we got a call from Jay Z’s people at Roc Nation who chartered a flight for us to attend this hearing with the family of Ahmaud Arbery. Thankful for their support.”
Arbery was shot to death while out jogging in a residential neighborhood outside Brunswick, Georgia. A video of the February incident captured two white men, Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis, waiting for him to get close to a parked white pickup truck before gunshots were heard. The father and son reportedly told police they thought he was a burglar.
The pair were finally put under arrest for the murder of Arbery on May 7. Two weeks later, a third man identified as William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. was also arrested on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. He was the man who recorded the deadly encounter between Ahmaud and the McMichaels.
The Thursday hearing for the McMichaels and Bryan saw special agent Richard Dial with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation testifying that Travis was accused by Bryan of using racial slur. It concluded with Glynn County Judge Wallace E. Harrell deciding that there was enough evidence to proceed with the murder charges.