3 white men charged with hate crimes in death of Ahmaud Arbery

Georgia men charged with hate crimes and attempted kidnapping of Ahmaud Arbery

Georgia men charged with hate crimes and attempted kidnapping of Ahmaud Arbery

The U.S. charged three white men in Georgia on Wednesday with federal hate crimes and the attempted kidnapping of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who died past year after they gunned him down while he was jogging through a suburban neighbourhood.

Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory, and a third man, William "Roddie" Bryan, are all charged with one count of interference with civil rights and attempted kidnapping. "Travis and Gregory McMichael were also charged with one count each of using, carrying, and brandishing-and in Travis's case, discharging-a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence", prosecutors explained. In June, a Glynn County grand jury voted to indict all three for felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal contempt to commit a felony in the death of Arbery. Count One also alleges that the offense resulted in Arbery's death.

On Feb. 23, 2020, Arbery was running on a public street in the Satilla Shores neighborhood of Brunswick, Georgia, when the McMichaels armed themselves with firearms, got into a truck, and chased him, prosecutors say. Based on a "gut feeling" that Ahmaud was responsible for prior thefts in the neighborhood, these Defendants shot Ahmaud three times at close range with their shotgun and killed him.

The indictment alleges the defendants used force and threats to intimidate and interfere with Arbery's right to use a public street because he was Black.

In this May 17, 2020, photo, a painted mural of Ahmaud Arbery is on display in Brunswick, Ga., where the 25-year-old man was shot and killed in February.

Georgia men charged with hate crimes and attempted kidnapping of Ahmaud Arbery

Two of the three men - Gregory and Travis McMichael - claimed to be conducting a citizen's arrest and said they acted in self-defense.

Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan are seen in jail booking photos. When a video capturing the confrontation was leaked and posted online that May, sparking widespread outrage, the case investigation sped up. "No trial date has been set for the state case".

Attorneys for Travis McMichael said they were disappointed "that the Justice Department bought the false narrative that the media and state prosecutors have promulgated".

"Roddie Bryan has committed no crime", the attorney, Kevin Gough, said in a statement.

Bryan's attorney also expressed disappointment in the Department of Justice's indictment. "We look forward to a fair and speedy trial, and to the day when Mr. Bryan is released and reunited with his family".

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