The immediate arrest of former NBA champion Shannon Brown has people furious after comparing the police department's response to the delayed arrests in connection to the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia.
According to The Citizen, Brown was arrested on May 2 after two people he didn't know entered his home. He shot five rounds at them before they left his property and later called the police.
Even after Brown told police that he thought the couple was breaking into his home, Tyrone Police Department officers arrested him and charged him with aggravated assault, TMZ reported. The people who entered Brown's home without his permission said they saw a "for sale" sign and the front gate was open.
Brown's arrest sparked fury online just days after a video of the shooting death of Arbery was released and both suspects were subsequently arrested. Travis and Gregory McMichael chased, shot and killed Arbery because they thought he was involved in a series of burglaries.
The comparison of the two incidents, both happening in Georgia, has left many people angered.
I find it funny how Shannon Brown was arrested within a week for allegedly shooting in the direction of two people who entered his home(in Georgia) yet it took 2.5 months for charges to come against a father & son who killed a young Black man who was just JOGGING. #AhmaudArbery
— Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) May 8, 2020
For most people, the story represented the wide gap between how police, especially those in Georgia, treat allegations against white people versus allegations of criminal activity against Black people.
For 3 months, 2 men were left untouched after murdering Ahmaud Aubrey, and were only arrested because of the leaked video which the defense thought would help prove their innocence
2 men trespass in Shannon Brown's home, he shoots at the intruders, and is immediately arrested pic.twitter.com/evmCrYdf6W
— Jayden Evans (@Jface_22) May 8, 2020
Dozens of people commented on the massive time difference between the two cases.
Former NBA and Laker player Shannon Brown arrested immediately after firing his rifle at men who entered his home. Meanwhile, it took 3 months for law enforcement to arrest 2 racist men who shot and killed a young black man for jogging! ????????♂️ I'm afraid to raise my son in this world
— Dane Matthews (@MatthewsDane) May 8, 2020
So Shannon Brown shoots AT two men who entered his house and is arrested immediately.
But two white men shoot Ahmaud Arbery while jogging in the neighborhood and don’t get arrested until two MONTHS later.
Both shootings happened in the same state… Help me understand ????????♂️
— Agent of Chaos (@TheTrillAC) May 8, 2020
Even one of Brown's former teammates commented on the discrepancy.
Pulling for you #ShannonBrown
This Happened how many days ago!?
Brother #AhmaudAubrey was gunned down (murdered)Months ago and District Attorney ???????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????? waited months ???????? ???????????????? ????????. https://t.co/XltzJjdzV8
— Caron Butler (@realtuffjuice) May 8, 2020
It took 2 months for 2 people who’ll murdered a guy for jogging through the neighborhood to get arrested because the jogger, “looked suspicious” in broad daylight.
But shannon Brown got arrested for firing one shot at someone who entered his home…… https://t.co/BtY0sgQxwg
— Stalk Market Tycoon (@Shaktus_) May 8, 2020
For dozens of people, Brown's arrest was a stark reminder of how unfair the legal system is.
Wait. So Shannon Brown Was Immediately Arrested For Shooting AT Burglars In His House……….While Two White Supremacists Killed Ahmaud Arbery For Taking A Run Through His Own Neighborhood & Took 74 Days To Arrest Them? Okay Cool….. https://t.co/mMh8LgbOFN
— DJ First Class™ ???? (@1DJFirstClass) May 8, 2020
So let me get this straight. Does “Stand your ground” actually mean you can hunt other people and justify it but it doesn’t mean defending yourself in your own home? Or is his skin just a little too dark for that law? FREE MY MAN SHANNON BROWN. https://t.co/UT2w99s0Pj
— Jude (@HeyJude503) May 8, 2020
Shannon brown got arrested cause some people came into his home n he fired two shots at them. Two white guys n Georgia shot n killed the kid who was running,but no one went to jail this is Absolutely CRAZY Man America is the most Screwed up place to live now days nobody is safe.
— Tyrus McGee (@T_Real25) May 8, 2020
So in the same state of GA,Shannon Brown is arrested at HIS home for firing ONE round at people who he legitimately thought were intruders IN HIS home. Aubrey was actually killed in the public ass street and it takes months and social media outrage to finally arrest his murderers
— ????Coach Rich???? (@_CoachRichFit) May 8, 2020
Tyrone Police Department spokesman Philip Nelson gave The Citizen a detailed explanation for why the two people felt they were justified in walking into Brown's home without permission.
According to TMZ, Brown was bonded out of jail on May 4.