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Political Rewind: Contrasts between trials of Rittenhouse and trio charged in Ahmaud Arbery shooting
Monday on Political Rewind: Self-defense was a key argument in the pursuit of acquittal in Kenosha, Wisc., in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. Meanwhile in Georgia, defense lawyers in the trial of Gregory and Travis McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan" also claimed self-defense as closing arguments unfolded on Monday. Both trials have highlighted deep racial and partisan fault lines.
Morehouse political science professor Dr. Adrienne Jones said race provides a crucial context for understanding the trials.
"We are living in two different worlds, right?" Jones said. "The Black community in the United States is experiencing the police and the vigilante system differently than the majority of people here in the United States. It's historical, in the South in particular."
The trials also sparked conversation on gun laws in the United States. Adding to the conversation, an accidentally discharged gun led to panic at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this weekend. Officials from the Transportation Security Administration said more guns have been confiscated at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport than at any other airport in the country so far this year.
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Riley Bunch — Public policy reporter, GPB News
Emma Hurt — Reporter, Axios Atlanta
Dr. Adrienne Jones — Professor of political science and director of pre-law, Morehouse College
Dr. Tammy Greer — Professor of political science, Clark Atlanta University