The Georgia Bureau of Investigations has arrested a father and son duo, 64-year-old ex-cop, Gregory McMichael, and his son, 34-year-old Travis McMichael for the February murder of 24-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who was jogging through their neighborhood when they jumped in their truck and pursued him.
Yashar Ali shared the news of the murder and aggravated assault charges for both McMichaels.
News: The two men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery have been arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault. pic.twitter.com/TNXz9HVA8O
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 8, 2020
From the Daily Mail -The charges came more than two months after Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was killed on a residential street just outside the port city of Brunswick. National outrage over the case swelled this week after a cellphone video that appeared to show the shooting.
The shocking footage showed the two men ‘ambushing’ Arbery as he tried to run past their pickup truck, the younger McMichael getting into a physical fight with Arbery before shooting him with a shotgun.
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The father and son were initially not arrested after they claimed they thought Arbery was a burglar after a spate of thefts in their area, and that he attacked them when they tried to make a citizen’s arrest.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the investigation on Tuesday after the video emerged.
Two days later, around a dozen GBI officers equipped with bulletproof vests and assault rifles descended on the McMichaels’ two-bedroom property in suburban Brunswick to execute arrest warrants.
According to ABC-7 – Gregory McMichael, 64, previously told police that he and his son chased after Arbery because they suspected him of being a burglar. Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, has said she believes her son, a former football player, was just jogging in the Satilla Shores neighborhood before he was killed on a Sunday afternoon.
Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the slain man’s father, Marcus Arbery, said it was “outrageous” that it took so long for arrests to be made.
Daily Mail photos show the moment the father and son ‘vigilantes’ accused of shooting dead unarmed black jogger Ahmaud Arbery were arrested at gunpoint in Georgia.
A four-vehicle convoy from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation pulled up outside the home of Gregory and Travis McMichael at 7.50 pm Thursday to take the men into custody on charges of murder and aggravated assault.
President Trump shared his condolences with the family of Ahmaud Arbery this afternoon, saying his “heart goes out to the parents and to the loved ones of the young gentleman,” calling it a “very sad thing.”
President Trump on the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia:
"I'm getting a full report on it this evening. My heart goes out to the parents and to the loved ones of the young gentleman. It’s a very sad thing." pic.twitter.com/kPbs1wKPU5
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) May 8, 2020