Ahmaud Arbery was killed 73 days ago, and the two men, one of whom was a former police officer who shot and killed him, had no effect. After activist Shaun King posted a video on social media about the horrific murders that urge mobilization and a call to action, the prosecutor finally recommends a grand jury review.
On February 23 that afternoon, Gregory McMichael, 64, a former police officer, and son Travis McMichael, 34, reportedly confronted Arbery because they suspected him of being a burglar in the suburbs of Satilla Shores, Georgia. Arbery was unarmed and reportedly jogged through the quiet neighborhood.
According to the police report, father and son discovered him, armed themselves with a .357 magnum and a shotgun, jumped into a pickup truck, and followed Arbery.
Moments later, the 25-year-old was dead and now we can see the video of their meeting.
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According to the New York Times, George E. Barnhill, the district attorney in Waycross, Georgia, said the McMichaels had the right to "prosecute a burglar" and "allowed to use lethal force to protect themselves under Georgian law."
However, he pulled out of the case when Arbery's mother argued that Barnhill was employed in the same office where Georgry McMichael once worked as a police officer, the New York Times reports.
After the video was released, Barnhill's successor, Tom Durden, Pro Tempore District Attorney for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, made a statement: “I believe the case should be brought before the Glynn County Grand Jury to review criminal charges against those who are involved in the death of Mr. Arbery, ”said News4.
See the video below. Please note that it is graphic in nature.
King is asking everyone to go to RunWithMaud.com (sponsored by The Action Pac, which supports campaigns to combat racism and bigotry in America) and sign a petition demanding that the Department of Justice and the FBI both father and father Examining and accusing son The petition also demands that the district attorney file charges and ask the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to investigate the case.
RunWithMaud.com also prompts users to make calls. The site contains a script with instructions. Click here for all details.
S. Lee Merritt, lawyer for the Arbery family, wrote on Tuesday (May 5) on Twitter: "The events recorded in this video confirm what all the evidence showed before his release – Ahmaud Arbery was pursued by three white men who aimed at him only because of his race and murdered him for no reason. That is murder. "