Who is Ahmaud Arbery? A black man who was shot and killed while jogging – The Sun

Who is Ahmaud Arbery? A black man who was shot and killed while jogging – The Sun

January 25, 2022

AHMAUD Arbery was a young black man who was gunned down by multiple white men while jogging near Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia.

The men were found guilty on mostly all charges against them, and two of them received life sentences in jail.

Who is Ahmaud Arbery?

Mr Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was a former high school football star who graduated in 2012.

He lived in coastal Glynn County with his mother.

Friends and family say he was an avid runner.

Rafael Baker Jr., with whom Mr Arbery played football, remembered him as "vocal, funny and a goofy guy".

He told PBS NewsHour he thought of Mr Arbery as a brother, adding: "He made everybody smile.

"If there was anything going on, he knew how to lighten up the mood and just make you feel good."

Mr Arbery's dad Marcus Arbery Sr said: "He ran all the time.

"Everybody knows he ran all the time."

He said of his son: "All he did was work out… he had dreams.

"All his dreams, gone."

What happened to Ahmaud Arbery?

Mr Arbery was out running in Brunswick early in the afternoon on February 23, 2020.

During his run, he passed through Satilla Shores neighbourhood where he was seen by Gregory McMichael.

In a police report, ex-cop Gregory McMichael, 65, says he saw Mr Arbery and believed he resembled the suspect in a series of break-ins, the BBC says.

He and his 35-year-old son armed themselves and pursued him in a pick-up truck, the indictment alleged.

In the police report, McMichael senior says he and his son had said: "Stop, stop, we want to talk to you." Mr Arbery had attacked McMichael junior, they said.

Shots were fired, with Mr Arbery falling to the street in the Satilla Shores neighbourhood.

Mr Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, said police told her her son had been involved in a burglary before the incident.

However, the family says they do not believe the keen jogger had committed a crime and he was unarmed.

Several calls were made to the emergency services around the time of the confrontation, CBS reports.

In one 911 call, a neighbour said a black man was seen at a home under construction in the area.

When asked what the man was doing now, the caller said "running down the street".

The incident was filmed.

The footage appears to show Mr Arbery, who was wearing a white t-shirt and shorts, run past a truck.

Two white men carrying guns are seen and shouting is heard.

There is then a scuffle between one of the men and Mr Arbery while shots are fired.

Mr Arbery staggers and collapses.

What was the verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery case?

On November 24, 2021, Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William 'Roddie' Bryan were all found guilty of some counts of murder in the case.

On January 7, 2022,  Travis and Gregory McMichael were both sentenced to life plus twenty years in jail.

William Bryan was sentenced to life in jail with the possibility of parole.

The trial of the three suspects in the Ahmuad Arbery case began in early November of 2021.

After a 13-day trial, jury deliberations began on Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

“You can’t claim self-defense if you are the unjustified aggressor,” Linda Dunikoski, the prosecutor on the case, said in her closing arguments.

"Who started this? It wasn’t Ahmaud Arbery.”

This comes following claims from Travis McMichael McMichael said he saw Arbery "just running" when he and his father

approached and said, "I want to talk to you."

On Wednesday, November 17, 2021, Travis McMichael was called as the first witness to testify for the defense.

Throughout his testimony, McMichael insisted he was acting in self-defense as there had been a string of burglaries in the neighborhood.

When asked about seeing Arbery, McMichael said:

"Seeing a video of him walking around so nonchalant in that house, kind of, it startled me a little bit."

Arbery was seen entering the home in a surveillance video at the site, but the owner of the home said he did not see any crime be committed.

Additional surveillance footage showed multiple people had trespassed at the home under construction.

Former cop Gregory, 65, and Travis McMichael, 35, were detained by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) on May 7, 2020.

The arrests were made three days after the video of Ahmaud's murder received national publicity and 74 days after the shooting itself.

On April 28, 2021, the US Justice Department indicted the father-son pair on three hate crimes in Arbery's death with one count of interference with civil rights and attempted kidnapping.

The indictment charges that the McMichaels “armed themselves with firearms, got into a truck and chased Arbery through the public streets of the neighborhood while yelling at Arbery, using their truck to cut off his route and threatening him with firearms.”

The Justice Department alleges that the men “used force and threats of force to intimidate and interfere with Arbery’s right to use a public street because of his race.”

The McMichaels are also charged with using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

GBI has since also arrested the man who recorded the video, William "Roddie" Bryan Jr, and charged him with felony murder. Bryan was also indicted for a hate crime.

The pace of the investigation has come under heavy criticism, as has the way it was originally handled after police released the McMichael's when they alleged "self-defense" despite the video of the shooting showing the pair actively pursuing Arbery.

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