The Daughter Of One Of Ahmaud Arbery's Killers Posted A Photo Of Arbery's Dead Body On Snapchat
She said her brother and father can't be racist because they've "loved" all her non-white boyfriends.
May 19, 2020 at 1:50 pm
Lindsay McMichael, daughter and sister of the men charged in the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, has admitted to posting a photo of Arbery’s lifeless body on Snapchat.
The Snapchat photo depicted police tape, gurneys and the victim’s blood-soaked body lying in the street. Lindsay said she had no ill intent in sharing the graphic image on social media. She said that she documented the tragedy because she's a "fan of true crime,” according to The Sun.
“I had no nefarious or malicious intent when I posted that picture,” she said. “The thing is I’m a huge fan of true crime — I listen to four or five podcasts a week — I’m constantly watching that sort of thing.”
“It was more of a ‘Holy s**t, I can’t believe this has happened.' It was absolutely poor judgment,” she added.
Lindsay was aware that the victim, who would later be identified as Arbery, died at the hands of her father and brother shortly before. She notes that her brother, Travis McMichael, looked desperate after the shooting.
"All I saw was the look on his [Travis's] face and he was looking very desperate...I don't think we even exchanged a word," Lindsay said.
#LindsayMcMichael (below) took a photo of #AhmaudAubrey dead body and posted on #Snapchat just like the #lynching days when they all wanted a #souvenir of the person they enjoyed killing. Such a sick and twisted thing to do, many other families are just like them I’m #America. pic.twitter.com/CTSzoeWS2w— Dhin. Stay Safe, Stay Alert. (@Dhintheman) May 19, 2020
"I've seen my brother in his happiest moments — I was there when his child was born and I've seen him in distress and I know that look... it wasn't like some glory thing, like 'I stalked and then got the kill that I was hoping for.' It was absolute f***king panic...I really do believe that things just escalated so fast," said Lindsay.
The lawyer for Ahmaud’s family, S. Lee Merritt, isn’t buying the woman’s crime television enthusiasm claim. He said that her upload is just another sign of the McMichael family's bizarre and gross behavior, according to The New York Post.
"The picture Lindsay McMichael posted was very disturbing and very disturbing to the family,” said Merritt. "It also highlights that there are probably more video and more images of before, during and after Ahmaud's murder — these images aren't meant for public consumption in this way. It actually fits in with the pattern of the McMichael family engaging in a weird, violent form of voyeurism.”“First you have [Gregory] McMichael sharing with a news station a video of the murder then you have his daughter sharing an image of Ahmaud's bullet-ridden body on Snapchat. It's deeply disturbing behavior" he said further.
Arbery was said to be jogging near his home in Brunswick, Georgia. Arbery’s exercise prompted two white men, Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34, to load into their pickup truck and follow him in armed pursuit, as Blavity previously reported. The McMichaels shouted commands and attempted to cut Arbery off with their vehicle. When Arbery didn’t respond and attempted to jog around their vehicle, Gregory shot him three times with a shotgun. The 25-year-old died at the scene.
Arbery was killed on February 23, but it took more than two months for the shooters to be charged or even arrested. It was later revealed that Gregory's affiliation with the local police department and the investigative office was responsible for the delay.
Many believed that had the video not gone viral, catapulting the case into national discourse, the McMichaels would still be free.
Lindsay is defending her relatives, saying that her brother and father cannot be racist because of how they “loved” all her non-white boyfriends, The Sun reported. She said that criticism waged against them is unwarranted.
“We’re not the ones on trial here — my dad and my brother are and yes, I don’t think that they were beating the hood of the truck and saying, ‘Let’s go get this person,'” Lindsay McMichael said. “I think that things just really escalated.”
“I just want people to realize we’re not monsters.”