Injustice protests for Ahmaud Arbery continue, as his two killers are finally arrested two months after the fact.
Today, on what would have been Ahmaud Abrey's 26th birthday, The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has arrested and charged two men for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, who was gunned down on February 23, 2020.
Gregory and Travis McMichael were arrested around 7:45 p.m. on Thursday evening, according to GBI officials. Both men were taken to the Georgian Glynn County Prison to be processed and housed until their arraignment.
The official GBI press release reads as follows:
“On May 7, 2020, the GBI arrested Gregory McMichael, age 64, and Travis McMichael, age 34, for the death of Ahmaud Arbery. They were both charged with murder and aggravated assault. The McMichaels were taken into custody and will be booked into the Glynn County Jail. On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was in the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Brunswick, GA when both Gregory and Travis McMichael confronted Arbery with two firearms. During the encounter, Travis McMichael shot and killed Arbery. This case is being investigated in partnership with District Attorney Tom Durden.”
District Attorney Tom Durden formally asked the GBI to investigate Ahmaud Arbery's death Tuesday. On May 6th, the Kingsland Office launched an official inquiry. The Glynn County Police Department demanded on April 29 that the GBI investigate reports of threats against GCPD and others involved in the active investigation. GCPD asked the GBI to investigate the public release of video linked to Arbery's death Tuesday morning.
These investigations are active an ongoing. Please contact the GBI at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477) if anyone has details about these events.
Here's what we know so far:
On February 23, 2020, Arbery went on his daily run, which he rarely misses. “Unless it was pouring rain down outside, Ahmaud was going to be running,” said Demetrist Frazier, Arbery’s friend. “Ahmaud is very humble, inspiring.”
But somehow, Arbery's run became a deadly chase on a sunny Sunday in a village in coastal Georgia. Police records say at 1 p.m. on February 23rd, Arbery was seen in the neighborhood of Satilla Shores, where residents say break-ins have recently occurred. He walked around a building home, and is then spotted running in the road. This innocuous event prompted 911 calls.
Here's a transcript from one 911 call:
Dispatcher: “And you said someone is breaking into it right now?”
Caller: “No it’s all open, it’s under construction. And he’s running right now, here he goes right now.”
Dispatcher: “Ok, what is he doing?”
Caller: “He’s running down the street.”
According to the police report, Greg McMichael, who also happens to be a former detective at the Brunswick District Attorney office, stood in his front yard when he saw what he believed was the perpetrator in the neighborhood break-ins, or as he puts it "hauling a** down the street."
McMichael, a former Glynn County Police officer, and Travis McMichael, his 34-year-old son, grabbed a handgun and a shotgun. They hopped into a truck according to police records, and started to track Arbery.
The report goes on to explain how the father, his son, and another man tried to cut Arbery off repeatedly. Arbery raced around them each time, trying to flee.
The father and son finally manage to get ahead of Arbery using their truck to block his path, with Travis McMichael getting out to walk the street with a shotgun.
The runner's world and the chaser's world viciously clashed. It's the moment caught in the video by an anonymous person that CNN couldn't authenticate, allegedly depicting a shotgun battle. Three shots and Arbery was down, dying in the street.
To see the video captured of his horrific event, click here. Warning: this video contains graphic content, viewer discretion is advised.
Marcus Arbery Sr., Ahmaud’s Father says, “I want to see these people go to jail. Go to prison, whatever. They need the harshest [punishment] they can get. Because that was uncalled for. I’m telling you. That’s just hate and murder. I want to see justice for [my son].”
“There are a lot of people who are discouraged and believe that this is going to be one of the cases that have happened in the nation, where life was lost and justice was not rendered,” said John Perry of the NAACP’s Brunswick chapter.
As this tradgedy contonues to sink in, even high-ranking government officials are taking time to weigh in and share condolences to The Arbery family:
“By now, many of us have seen that harrowing footage of Ahmaud Arbery out on a jog on a beautiful day in February in Georgia, shot down in cold blood, a senseless lynch before our very eyes 2020 style. Lynched so plainly unmistakable without mercy. And his family and the country deserve justice and they deserve it now. They deserve a swift, full and transparent investigation of this brutal murder. But our nation deserves it as well. We need to reckon with this. This goes on. These vicious acts call to mind the darkest chapters of our history. And more recently, the awful specter of white supremacists on the march in Charlottesville, Virginia. A massacre in the house of worship and a rising pandemic of hate.”
- Joe Biden, Former Vice President and 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate
“Earlier this week I watched the video of Mr. Aubrey’s last moments alive. I can tell you it is absolutely horrific and Georgians deserve answers. I have full confidence in the investigations and I know they will be working around the clock to investigate and find the truth. We are living in unprecedented times. COVID-19 has threatened our health and well-being but I’m encouraged by our progress. I am confident that if we remain vigilant, we’ll emerge from this victorious.”
- Brian Kemp, Govenor of Georgia
Today, on what would have been Ahmaud Abrey's 26th birthday, his father, Marcus, can only reflect on what would have been: a big celebration for Ahmaud, followed by Ahmaud going on a run.Disclaimer : This is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.