Gregory McMichael And Travis McMichael Wiki
Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34, have been detained by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and charged with aggravated assault and murder for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in the city of Brunswick.
A white former police officer and his son have been arrested in Georgia and charged with murder in the shooting death of unarmed black man Ahmaud Arbery. The February incident touched off anger in the community and among civil rights activists nationwide.
Gregory McMichael And Travis McMichael Arrest
Two men have been arrested for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was fatally shot while on a jog outside Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced in a statement on Thursday that it arrested Gregory McMichael, 64, and Travis McMichael, 34.
Both men have been charged with murder and aggravated assault and were taken into custody.
According to the bureau, Arbery was jogging in the Satilla Shores neighborhood when the two men confronted Arbery with two firearms. According to the statement, it was Travis McMichael who shot and killed Arbery.
Arbery was unarmed during the incident, which occurred around 1 p.m. According to Reuters, the shooting was captured on video by a witness in a nearby car and has been widely shared one social media.
A Glynn County police report said was shot after struggling with Travis McMichael over his shotgun. According to the report, Gregory McMichael claimed that Arbery appeared to resemble a suspect in a series of break-ins that occurred in the neighborhood. McMichael said that after seeing Arbery in his front yard, he and his son decided to grab their guns and chase him.
McMichael claimed that Arbery began to “violently attack Travis” before he was shot and killed.
Arbery, a former athlete described as “humble, kind and well mannered” in his obituary, was buried at New Springfield Baptist Church in Alexander, Georgia, on February 29. Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery, Sr., referred to his son’s murder as “a hate crime.”
According to a police report obtained by the New York Times, Gregory McMichael, a former Glynn County police officer and district attorney’s investigator, told detectives the incident began when he spotted Mr Arbery from his front yard “hauling ass” down the street.
Mr McMichael told police that, because he suspected Mr Arbery in a string of recent neighbourhood break-ins, he and his son gave chase in the truck, with Gregory McMichael carrying a .357 Magnum revolver and Travis armed with a shotgun.
Mr McMichael said Mr Arbery began to “violently attack” his son, fighting him for the shotgun, prompting Travis to open fire.
According to a letter obtained by the Times, the prosecutor in Brunswick argued there was no probable cause to arrest the McMichaels because they were legally carrying firearms, had a right to pursue a burglary suspect and use deadly force to protect themselves.