🚨 POLL: Should there be an investigation into Mr. Arbery’s death?
Two of the men who hunted and killed Ahmaud Arbery have been formally charged with his murder.
Gregory McMichael, who is 64-years-old, and Travis McMichael, his 34-year-old son, were arrested in Georgia after details and a video of the incident sparked massive outrage on social media.
NBC News reports: “Both men face charges of aggravated assault and murder.”
According to the elder McMichael’s own admission, he first spotted Arbery and believed he matched the description of a wanted man in the area. He then armed himself, instructed his son to do that same, and set out in pursuit.
“Police said a third man, identified as a neighbor, joined the chase and jumped into the McMichaels’ truck,” NBC News adds.
The three men then attempted to stop Arbery, blocking him with their vehicles before the younger McMichael got out of the vehicle and approached Arbery on foot.
In the scuffle, Arbery was shot and killed.
A video of the incident was later uploaded online.
From the report:
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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.
George Barnhill, one of the prosecutors who first handled the case, defended the actions of the McMichaels and their neighbor in the truck. In a letter to the Glynn County Police Department obtained by NBC News, Barnhill wrote that the men had “solid first hand probable cause” to chase Arbery, a “burglary suspect,” and stop him.
Barnhill also said that after he watched the video of the incident, “given the fact Arbery initiated the fight” and grabbed the shotgun, he believed Travis McMichael “was allowed to use deadly force to protect himself” under Georgia law.
The office of Tom Durden — the district attorney in Liberty County, who is now handling the case — asked that the GBI begin an inquiry Tuesday, and the bureau’s Kingsland Office began investigating Wednesday.
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Arbery’s death sparked nationwide outrage, with many activists, politicians and celebrities sharing a social media post urging people to contact the Liberty County prosecutors to demand that the McMichaels be charged.
The arrests come a day before friends and family of Ahmaud Arbery planned to hold a dedication distance run Friday, for what would have been Arbery's 26th birthday.https://t.co/ThqsTGeGB9
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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said in a statement that the video of the incident was “absolutely horrific.”
“I have full confidence in Vic Reynolds and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation,” he added. “I know that they will be working around the clock to thoroughly and independently investigate Mr. Arbery’s death to find the truth.”