NEWS: Graphic video appears to show Ahmaud Arbery, 25 of GA., whose family says he was out for a run, confronted by 2 men who shot him dead saying they thought he was a burglar. A prosecutor wants a grand jury to decide whether the men should be charged. pic.twitter.com/kEYYJW7UlM
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) May 5, 2020
Courtesy of NBC News:
A white man and his son who are accused of killing an unarmed black man in Georgia in February have been arrested after video of the incident sparked widespread outrage.
Gregory McMichael, 64, and Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced. Both men face charges of aggravated assault and murder.
Arbery, 25, was shot to death in Brunswick, a coastal city about midway between Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida, on Feb. 23 as he was running through the Satilla Shores neighborhood. His family says he was out jogging, while the McMichaels claimed that they thought he was a burglar.
According to a Glynn County police report, Gregory McMichael first spotted Arbery on foot “hauling ass” down Satilla Drive and immediately thought he was a burglar who had recently been targeting the neighborhood.
Gregory McMichael armed himself with a .357 Magnum, and his son grabbed a shotgun. They jumped into their pickup truck and chased Arbery. Police said a third man, identified as a neighbor, joined the chase and jumped into the McMichaels’ truck.
In the video, Arbery is seen running down a road as a white pickup truck is stopped in front of him. Arbery runs around the vehicle. The video then shows Arbery and another man appearing to tussle as shots are fired.
That is a very difficult video to sit through but I have watched it a couple of times now.
What is not at first clear is that Mr. Arbery was boxed in by at least two vehicles as they try to cut off his escape.
We cannot really hear what is being said but it appears to me that Mr. Arbrey was terrified that he was about to be shot and killed since he could clearly see that they were brandishing weapons.
That explains why Mr. Arbery appears to be attacking one of the assailants, he was simply fighting for his life.
And then they took it.
They had no right to chase that man, they had no right to confront him with their weapons on display, and they certainly did not have the right to murder him in cold blood.
Thee two animals need to be locked up for the rest of their natural lives.