Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was shot and killed while confrontation with three white men in a neighborhood near Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia. Police and prosecutors were trying to cover up Ahmaud’s murder, as one of the accused killers was both a former police officer and investigator for the local district attorney’s office.
In February 2020, Arbury was out for a jog. Former police officer Gregory McMichael, his son Travis and William Bryan drove past him in a car. According to them, they were suspecting Arbury of burglary. They said they wanted to talk to him and to conduct a civil arrest. Then, according to them, Arbury assaulted Travis, who shot him in self-defense. However, in November 2021, Travis said Arbury neither threaten him with a weapon nor yelled at him.
In February 2021, Arbury’s mother filed a $1 million federal lawsuit against Gregory and Travis McMichael and William Bryan. The lawsuit alleges that the murder was racially motivated and that prosecutors tried to cover it up as one of the attackers was a former police officer. All three men were charged only two months after Arbury’s murder when state officials began talking about the case.
During a trial in November 2021 Arbury’s mother said that an officer who arrived at the scene did not render aid to her son and went to secure the crime scene.
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“He was acting weird. He was acting funny. So, I was on alert. It was obvious that he was attacking me, that if he would have gotten the shotgun from me, then this was a life-or-death situation, and I’m going to have to stop him from doing this, so I shot,” Travis McMichael said.
“I didn’t really understand why he didn’t render aid. I understood he had to go and secure the crime scene, but at the same time he had a guy laying in the middle of the road in a puddle of blood. I couldn’t really understand why he didn’t render aid at that time,” said Cooper-Jones, Ahmaud Arbery’s mother.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.