Although more than 2-months old, video of Ahmaud Arbery being chased, shot and killed by Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael has only now been released.
Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was jogging in a Brunswick neighborhood on February 23 when Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael, chased him down, shot and killed him.
Gregory and Travis McMichael later told police that they thought he looked like the suspect in a series of recent break-ins in the area.
Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper, told CNN police told her that her son was involved in a burglary and that there was a confrontation between Ahmaud and the homeowner and a struggle over a gun.”He was not armed,” Cooper said. She said she never worried about him jogging because he wasn’t bothering anyone.There have been no charges against former police officer Gregory McMichael and his son Travis.
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I am trembling with anger over what I just witnessed. CLICK OR SWIPE AWAY if you need to. ??We need ALL HANDS ON DECK ?? This is the lynching of Ahmaud Arbery. That’s not hyperbole. These armed white supremacists, led by Gregory and Travis McMichael, chased down and lynched Ahmaud Arbery. It’s one of the worst things I’ve seen in my entire life. ?GO NOW to RunWithMaud.com or click the link in my bio to join us as we fight for justice. I need you to do this. Call 770.800.0689. I’ll be there on the line to talk you through it. Then follow @grassrootslaw. I am sorry, from the bottom of my heart, for living in a nation that is forcing me to share this, just to get justice for Ahmaud, but the police and prosecutors in Georgia will not budge. So here we are. I love you all. Shaun
The attorney for Ahmaud’s family Lee Merritt says Gregory and Travis McMichael are now saying they were trying to stop a crime. However according to the attorney, “The only thing they have ever said is … that Ahmaud stopped by a house that was under construction and he looked through the window. We don’t know if that happened or not, but even if that did happen that is not a felony that would invoke the citizen’s arrest statute that would make this allowable.”
After the shooting, Gregory McMichael told police he saw Ahmaud on a seperate evening and that he stuck his hand down his pants on that occasion, leading McMichael to believe he was armed.
When Gregory McMichael saw Arbery jogging, he got his son Travis, saying, “Travis, the guy is running down the street, let’s go,” The two grabbed a shotgun and a pistol and followed Arbery in their truck. “Stop, stop, we want to talk to you,” Gregory McMichael shouted at Arbery, according to the police report. Travis McMichael then exited truck with the shotgun.
Gregory told officers Arbery “violently attacked” his son, and they struggled over the gun. Travis McMichael fired two shots and killed Arbery.
One District Attorney wrote that Travis McMichael acted out of self-defense and their actions fall within Georgia’s citizen arrest laws.