It was reported that Ahmaud Arbery was hunted by two white men and shot. They weren’t charged after claims of a “citizen’s arrest.” Now the video of what happened has been leaked to a radio station, and a prosecutor now suggests the case be taken to the Grand Jury.
On a Sunday in February Ahmaud Arbery was going for a jog and passed in front of Gregory McMichael’s home.
Gregory got his son Travis and told him to grab his gun. They both got in a truck and chased after Arbery.
It was reported that they tried to detain Arbery and he tried to take one of their weapons away after feeling threatened.
Prosecutors didn’t arrest the McMichaels after stating that it was a simple case of a citizen’s arrest.
Here’s the video, it’s graphic, so viewer discretion is advised. Attorney S. Lee Merritt posted the video:
“The series of events captured in this video confirm what all the evidence indicated prior to its release— Ahmaud Arbery was pursued by three white men that targeted him solely because of his race and murdered him without justification. This is murder.” pic.twitter.com/v4TAs0RjO7— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) May 5, 2020
Brunswick radio released the video to the public and stated:
“This was given to us by an anonymous
source. We debated whether to put it out, but determined it was in the best interest of the public.”
Tom Durden, a prosecutor in the case suggested the case be brought to the Grand Jury:
“I am of the opinion that the case should be presented to the grand jury of Glynn County for consideration of criminal charges against those involved in the death of Mr. Arbery,”
Ahmaud Arbery was a former football player, and enjoyed running to stay fit. His friends and family stated that it wasn’t unusual to see him running around the town of Brunswick, Georgia.
The two white men told the police that they approached Ahmaud saying “we just want to talk.” The incident ended in Ahmaud getting shot twice when he tried to take one of their weapons away. Ahmaud passed away from the gunshot wounds.
McMichael is a retired investigator in the district attorney’s office. Prosecutors had previously said they were treating the case like like a citizens arrest, and that the two white men have acted within the scope of Georgia’s citizen’s arrest statute.