The district attorney for the state of Georgia is promising to present the case of Ahmaud Arbery to a grand jury for review. Arbery was shot and killed in February and new video posted online shows him out jogging when a truck follows him down the street.
The alleged shooters, Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael, say they thought Arbery was a burglary suspect, so they followed him. An altercation took place, resulting in Arbery’s death. He was not armed.
The McMichael’s say Arbery tried to attack them and they acted in self defense after he tried to take a shotgun from them.
“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,” District Attorney (DA) Thomas Durden said, according to The Hill.
No arrests have been made in the case, prompting a national outrage over what appears to be an innocent African American man gunned down by the two men. The case has been suspended due to COVID-19, but the DA says he will present the case at the next available grand jury.
An attorney for the family says another motorist verified the events that take place in the video although that has not been independently verified.
“The video clearly shows Mr. Arbery jogging down the road in the middle of the day,” Merritt said in a statement. “Mr. Arebry had not committed any crime and there was no reason for these men to believe they had the right to stop him with weapons or to use deadly force in furtherance of their unlawful attempted stop.”
Arebry would have been twenty-six this coming Friday and people are urging those who support his family and justice for his killing to run 2.23 miles in his memory.
Several politicians have also weighed in on the case, calling for justice.
The video of #AhmaudArbery sickens me to my core.
Exercising while Black shouldn't be a death sentence.https://t.co/GV7GFju7tr
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 5, 2020
Ahmaud Arbery was murdered for being Black.
His White assailants were allowed to roam free *for months* after lynching him. They faced no charges, no arrests. Police had video of Ahmaud’s murder the day it happened.
His family deserves justice. Our country deserves answers.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 7, 2020
THREAD: Every.single.time. The excuses pour in – “he looked suspicious”… “we thought he was committing a crime”…The fact remains, #AhmaudArbery was hunted down from a pickup truck and murdered in cold blood. My heart breaks for his family, and justice must be served.
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) May 7, 2020