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Friday, 8 May 2020

Man who filmed Ahmaud Arbery killing also under investigation, Georgia official says

A woman wears a face covering with the likeness of shooting victim Ahmaud Arbery printed on it during a rally to protest Arbery's killing Friday.
A woman wears a face covering with the likeness of shooting victim Ahmaud Arbery printed on it during a rally to protest Arbery's killing Friday.(John Bazemore/AP)

A day after a father and son were charged in the February killing of unarmed jogger Ahmaud Arbery, a Georgia official promised a thorough probe into the case and said the man who filmed the horrific incident is also under investigation.

In a news conference Friday morning, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vic Reynolds said “every stone will be turned over" and if the facts lead agents to make another arrest “they will do that.”

The man who recorded the shooting lives near the 64-year-old suspect, ex-cop Gregory McMichael, and his son, Travis, and was driving behind them during the Feb. 23 incident.

The graphic footage, which prompted widespread outrage after it surfaced online this week, shows the black victim running on a seemingly quiet road outside Brunswick when the white shooters start chasing him in a pickup truck.

Travis McMichael, 34, then jumps in front of Arbery with a rifle and a scuffle ensues before three gunshots are heard, the video shows. The jogger, who would have turned 26 on Friday, died at a hospital later that day but no charges were filed by any local law enforcement agency.

Reynold’s agency took over the case Tuesday night, shortly after the video surfaced, and the two shooters were arrested on murder charges less than 48 hours later.

“We’re investigating everybody involved in the case, including the individual who shot the video,” Reynolds told reporters Friday without specifying what kind of crime the neighbor may have committed.

The two suspects previously told police they were following Arbery because they thought he was a suspect in a series of break-ins in the area.

A man thought to be Gregory McMichael called 911 seconds before the shooting to report “a black male running down the street,” audio recordings show. But the caller never told dispatchers what kind of crime he thought Arbery had committed and the victim’s family said the young man was known to the area and would sometimes wave to his neighbors.


Critics say the killing is another example of racial profiling that resembles the Trayvon Martin case.


“We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes!” basketball star LeBron James tweeted on Wednesday. “Can’t even go for a damn jog man! … ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud (Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to the heavens above to your family!!”


Reynolds noted, however, that Georgia is one of the few states that don’t have a hate crime law, so he’s unable to pursue such charges.


He also acknowledged that time is an obstacle in investigating a shooting that happened over two months ago, but he refrained from criticizing police and prosecutors for not charging the McMichaels sooner.


“In a perfect world, would we have preferred to have been asked to become involved in February? Of course,” Reynolds said. “But sometimes, it isn’t a perfect world, so we have to deal with the situation as it’s placed in front of us.”


As for the video, which prosecutors hadn’t even acknowledged having, Reynolds said it was an "important” but not the only piece of evidence his team reviewed before filing charges.


5 comments:

  1. Do you know who these two race-hustlers are? If you pay attention, you know that Black Lives Matter co-founder Shaun King (a.k.a. Talcum X, Martin Luther Cream, or W.E.B. De Fraud) and lawyer Lee Merritt are Morehouse College buddies who have been partners in anti-white, anti-cop agitation for upwards of two decades.

    On Tuesday, King posted a leaked video that immediately went viral of “Just a Jogger” Ahmaud Arbery, whose family Merritt represents. Dissatisfied with the results of a Waycross, Georgia, D.A.’s decision in February not to arrest two armed white men involved in chasing and fatally shooting Arbery, whom they suspected of burglary, someone in possession of the clip somehow got it into social media master King’s hands. King’s post of the purloined video has racked up more than 7 million views, whipping up instant, knee-jerk outrage from LeBron James to Whoopi Goldberg to Joe Biden to some of the same ConInc virtue-signaling simps who threw the Covington boys under the bus.
    https://twitter.com/shaunking/status/1257700960618643459

    If you pay attention, you will recall that Shaun King and Lee Merritt teamed up to perpetrate the Sherita Dixon-Cole hate crime hoax of 2018. Dixon-Cole, who is black, falsely accused innocent white Texas state trooper Daniel Hubbard of raping her during a traffic stop. Her lawyer was Merritt. King “broke” the viral story and everything was going swimmingly until law enforcement released the 2-hour bodycam video showing…no such thing. https://www.unz.com/mmalkin/top-3-reasons-to-doubt-the-ahmaud-just-a-jogger-arbery-narrative/

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  2. Jussie II? The Bolsheviks want hanging (lynching) outlawed. Wonder Why?

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    1. I pray that mob minded morons who think everyone should be tried by the media and not by the courts should be lowered into a wood chipper feet first.

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