“Running while black,” – Attorney James Yancey Jr.
Is a case that smacks of racial profiling being swept under the carpet, family of murdered Blackman ask authorities in Georgia
Ahmaud Arbery family demands justice for the jogger who was shot dead in broad daylight after being chased down by two white men who felt he was a burglar before one shot him
Ahmaud Arbery died on the spot after Travis McMichael, 34, shot twice at close range with a handgun in Brunswick, Georgia, after 1pm on February 23
Arbery was jogging in Satilla Shores area when he was chased by the self-appointed father and son vigilante team of Gregory and Travis McMichael, who believed he was a burglar
Gregory McMichaels told police that started to ‘violently attack [his son], when they tried to talk to him, before Travis fired his weapon twice, killing 25-year-old Arbery on the spot
Neither Gregory McMichael nor his son, Travis, have been arrested in the shooting death
Gregory McMichael, 64, is a former cop and retired Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney investigator
Arbery’s death has raised questions about racial profiling, Georgia’s self-defense laws and the wisdom of citizen policing
Two prosecutors have recused themselves, citing conflicts of interest, and the case has been assigned to the third jurisdiction, with no appreciable progress
911 dispatchers received two calls about Arbery being in the neighborhood. – About 50 seconds into one of the calls, the dispatcher interrupted the caller and said: ‘I just need to know what he was doing wrong.’ the New Brunswick News reports.
During the chase, the McMichaels allegedly yelled for Arbery to stop because they wanted to talk to him.
They then pulled up to Arbery, and Travis got out of the truck with the shotgun.
Gregory claimed that Arbery started to ‘violently attack Travis’ and the two men started fighting over the shotgun.
That’s when Travis fired one shot and then ‘a second later there was a second shot’.
More than two months later and neither Gregory nor Travis McMichael have been charged with Arbery’s death.
In a game of musical chairs Two months later, the case has passed the third jurisdiction and is now assigned to the Hinesville District Attorney Tom Durden.
The shooter dad Gregory McMichael claims Ahmaud Arbery [second right in this family portrait], started to ‘violently attack [his son], Travis’. That’s when Travis fired one shot and then ‘a second later there was a second shot’. More than two months later and neither Gregory nor Travis McMichael have been charged with Arbery’s death
Barnhill had to recuse himself from the case after Arbery’s mother argued that the Ware County DA had a conflict because his son also works for Johnson.
Before dropped the case, Barnhill had argued that there was not sufficient probable cause to arrest Arbery’s attackers, because the the McMichaels were within their rights to carry their firearms under Georgia’s open carry law and had the right to pursue a ‘burglary suspect’, Barnhill stated.
Under Georgia law, Barnhill had argued that if Arbery attacked Travis, he was ‘allowed to use deadly force to protect himself’.
Barnhill also claimed that Arbery had mental health issues and prior convictions, which include shoplifting and violating probation.
Arbery’s defender, Michael J. Moore, countered that Barnhill’s statements were ‘flawed’, noting that the McMichaels were the ones who appeared to be the aggressors.
‘The law does not allow a group of people to form an armed posse and chase down an unarmed person who they believe might have possibly been the perpetrator of a past crime,’ Moore said.
Arbery’s cases will now be handled by Tom Durden, the district attorney for Atlanta Judicial Circuit.
The state attorney turned the case over to Hinesville DA Tom Durden on April 13.
Durden has stated, “Jackie (Johnson’s) office delivered the files to me and things are moving along,” Durden has said.