The Two White Men Who Shot And Killed A Black Jogger Have Been Arrested On Murder Charges
According to buzzfeednews, the arrests of the father and son come after outrage from the public and elected officials and as authorities announced that a grand jury would be reviewing the case.
Officials in Georgia have arrested and charged two men with murder after they followed, then fatally shot a black man who was jogging down a road in February.
Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, were charged Thursday with murder and aggravated assault in the death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.
The Feb. 23 shooting took place in Brunswick, a small city on the state’s southern coast, while Arbery was running on a two-lane road.
The McMichaels have been taken into custody and will be booked at the Glynn County Jail.
Video of the fatal shooting was released this week, prompting outrage from the public and elected officials that the McMichaels hadn’t been arrested. Authorities announced Tuesday that a grand jury would be reviewing the case.
The two men had previously told police they believed Arbery was a burglar. Attorneys representing Arbery’s family said the video shows the two men had no reason to stop and shoot him “at point-blank range.”
“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