Three Men Charged With Federal Hate Crime In The Killing Of 25-Year-Old Ahmaud Arbery
The men are facing additional murder charges for their involvement in killing Arbery.
April 28, 2021 at 10:36 pm
Update (April 28, 2021): Three men were indicted on federal hate crime charges in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery on Wednesday.
The Justice Department announced the indictment against Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan for their involvement in killing Arbery just two miles from his Georgia home, USA Today reported.
The men were also charged with attempted kidnapping for the February 2020 incident, according to ABC News.
The men are accused of threatening and targeting the 25-year-old Black man because of his race. They are currently facing additional murder charges in the case.
BREAKING: The Justice Department will charge 3 men involved in the Ahmaud Arbery murder with federal hate crimes and attempted kidnapping. pic.twitter.com/13TlNaoQZn— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) April 28, 2021
In May, the Justice Department announced it would be investigating the shooting as a federal hate crime, as Blavity previously reported.
They were arrested months after the shooting occurred and are expected to go on trial later this year.
Arbery was gunned down while jogging just miles from his home in Brunswick, Georgia. Gregory spotted the 25-year-old and assumed he was committing "several break-ins" before jumping into a white pickup truck with his son before shooting and killing Arbery.
According to the family attorney, Arbery had not been committing any crime despite allegations made by the McMichaels.
Original (December 18, 2020): A new video has emerged in connection to the February shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, and it has sparked an outcry on social media.The footage seemingly contradicts the story William “Roddie” Bryan’s attorney alleged during court proceedings.
Gregory and Travis McMichael, who are father and son, were also in the video. The three men face murder charges and are being held without bond, as Blavity previously reported. The three men chased Arbery, who was Black, down as he jogged in a neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia, before executing him.
New footage shows Ahmaud Arbery's killers talking to police after the murder pic.twitter.com/8zoTTxSAmi— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) December 17, 2020
The new body camera video showed Glynn County officers casually engaging with the white men after the shooting. Officers never drew their weapons or treated the men as if they were suspects of a crime, according to the footage.
In the video, an unidentified officer asked Bryan if he was just passing by.
“No, not necessarily,” he replied.
Bryan told officers that he suspected that Arbery was burglarizing homes in the neighborhood, and he went on to describe how he tried to stop Arbery as the other two men pursued him.
“When I see him, I knew, hate that people were getting broken into out here, you know. So, I hollered at them and said, ‘Y’all got him?’ And he just kept running,” Bryan said. “He was full-blown running.”
He went on to describe more details of the incident.“They [the McMichaels] got down to the end down there somewhere, must’ve passed him. Because I pulled out of my driveway, I was going to try to block him. But he was going all around. I made a few moves at him, you know. And he didn’t stop,” he said.
Officers never questioned why Bryan involved himself in the matter. Gregory McMichael defended his son, in the video, claiming the younger McMichael was only acting in self-defense.
“I said, ‘Travis, don’t! Don’t shoot! Don’t do anything,’” Gregory said. “The guy turns and comes at him! And they start wrestling, and Travis shoots him right in the damn chest! The guy was trying to take the shotgun away from him! [Roddie’s] got it on video.”Gregory asked another officer on the scene if police handcuffed Arbery, while he received treatment from paramedics.
"No, no, no. Why would he be in cuffs," the woman replied. “He's in the ambulance right now. They're cleaning some of the blood off him."It took two months for Glynn County police to arrest Arbery’s killers and the officer who relayed the news of his death referred to him as a burglar to Wanda Cooper, Arbery’s mother, according to Channel 11 News. The news outlet also revealed that the police report painted Bryan and the McMichaels as good citizens protecting their neighborhood.