Father And Son Arrested, Charged With Murder Of Ahmaud Arbery In Georgia
Two Georgia men have been arrested and charged with murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man.
Thursday night, officials with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced that Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis were arrested and charged with murder after fatally shooting 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery back on February 23.
Arbery's family said Ahmaud was jogging on the day he was killed when McMichael thought he was a burglary suspect and commanded him to stop according to the only witness in the police report. McMichael claimed that Arbery "violently attacked" his son and the two wrestled "over the shotgun" before Travis shot him two times.
Cell phone video that emerged only a few days ago captured the final moments of Arbery's life while he was jogging through the Brunswick neighborhood. That footage immediately sparked outrage from those who couldn't believe that no charges had been filed since the February shooting.
A major factor that played into this dragging out for so long is the fact that McMichael is a former cop who used to work for the local district attorney. Similar conflicts of interest have led to this case being on its third prosecutor who claimed he would ask a grand jury to bring forth charges.
Arbery's mother, Wanda Jones, believes that the cellphone footage that leaked this week proves her son's innocence.
He was out for his daily jog and he was hunted down like an animal and killed. I'm hoping that all involved, they're indicted and they go to jail.
Since that footage was shared earlier in the week, millions of people have shared Ahmaud's story, including high profile celebrities like LeBron James who shared his frustration on Instagram.
After the men were arrested, former Georgia Congresswoman Stacey Abrams emphasized that this is only the first step and that we should all keep a close watch on this case.
Both father and son were charged with murder and aggravated assault. The men were taken into custody and will be booked into the Glynn County Jail.