A cross stands along a Georgia highway near where Ahmaud Arbery was killed; his death has led legislators in the state to pass new hate crimes legislation [File: Dustin Chambers/Reuters]

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Friday signed a hate crimes bill that provides for extra penalties for crimes motivated by race, colour, gender or sexual orientation, a move in part motivated by the high-profile killing of a Black jogger this year.

The legislation comes at a time when the slayings of African Americans at the hands of police and white men have spurred weeks of demonstrations across Georgia and the nation, with calls for racial justice.

“We must do our part to make sure that our state is a place where people, no

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