Ahmaud Abery, a former officer and his son were running on the streets when they shot him. Local justice had attempted to cover up the case, which had shocked America and fueled major anti-racist demonstrations during the summer 2020.
The murder occurred as the Covid outbreak began, at the beginning of February 2020. It had been a little hidden. Three white men are being tried for the murders of Ahmaud Arbery (a young black jogger) and other crimes. This case was uncovered by local authorities, but it still scandalized America. It also fueled major anti-racist protests in the summer 2020.
The trial of Gregory McMichael (65), his son Travis (35) and William Bryan (52) will begin with the selection jurors in a Georgia State Court in Brunswick.
Ahmaud Abery, 25, was running in this coastal area in the southern United States on February 23, 2020 when he was pursued by three men.
While the father and his son were driving in the same pick up, their neighbor followed them in the vehicle while filming. Young McMichael shot and killed the jogger after an altercation.
The men claimed that they had mistook him as a burglar in the area. They also invoked a Georgia law that allowed ordinary citizens to arrest him.
Gregory McMichael (retired police officer) was the local prosecutor. He had not issued any arrests for nearly three months.
The broadcast of the drama’s video, which was widely shared on social media in May 2020, was the only way for the state police to begin investigating. The three men were quickly arrested and charged with murder and false arrest.
A few days later, George Floyd died under the knee of a policeman. This had revived the debate about violence against African Americans. Ahmaud Arbery’s name was heard in the procesions that were held in all the States-United States until the end.
The young jogger is now a symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement (black people matter). “A black man should not have to fear for his life if he jogs.”On the first anniversary, Joe Biden was even tweeted by him.
Due to the intense media coverage, the selection process for jurors could take several days. The defendants will then be required to plead defense, arguing Ahmaud Abery has not resisted lawful arrest.
Prosecutors must insist that the young man wasn’t armed and that there is no connection between him and the burglaries that occurred in the area where he was living.
Ben Crump, a lawyer specializing on cases involving police violence, hoped the court would reject it “Tactical.”Of the accused. “If these killers get away with it, that would mean that lynching black men in 2021 is of no consequence. “