The mother of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old unarmed black man killed in February by a pair of armed white men who chased him in their car while he jogged in Georgia, offered a glimpse into her “very emotional” meeting with President Trump.
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday afternoon, Wanda Cooper-Jones described herself as “very, very emotional throughout the whole conference.”
As for the commander-in-chief, Cooper-Jones said, “He was very compassionate. He showed major concern for all families, not just one family, but for all families.”
The president met on Tuesday with Cooper-Jones and the families of seven other Americans who have been killed by police violence, including Botham Jean, the 26-year-old Texas man who was fatally shot by a white off-duty police officer in his own apartment.
“I can say that President Trump was very receiving, he listened and he addressed each and every family accordingly,” Arbery’s grieving mother continued.
Cooper-Jones said Trump assured “each family member that we would and should expect change” in the wake of their loved ones’ senseless deaths.
Following the meeting, the president went on to sign an executive order on criminal justice and policing reform, which he described as a “very comprehensive” response, in the White House Rose Garden.
The order includes a requirement that police departments meet training certification standards in order to get federal funds. It also bans use of chokeholds except in situations where deadly force is required.
Cooper-Jones did not feel satisfied with the content of the executive order, but called it “a start,” when asked if she thought it went far enough.
Speaking Tuesday evening to CNN, Cooper-Jones maintained that stance, saying that the order doesn’t address “anything that concerns Ahmaud’s case at all.”
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SOURCE: New York Post, Emily Jacobs