More than a year after the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, his alleged killers are finally being brought to justice.
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The men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery will now face federal hate crime charges...
We march for Ahmad Aubrey, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd,Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Oscar Grant and the countless other victims who have been subjected to police brutality. Racism is a disease, justice is the cure. #blacklivesmatter #whitecoatsforblacklives pic.twitter.com/dLT8cSJzej— Barb Tisi (@barbtisi1) June 7, 2020
In the shooting that sparked protests against police brutality towards Black Americans.
Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead in Brunswick last February while he was jogging through the Satilla Shores neighborhood.
via: The Arbery family
The twenty-five-year-old Black man was unarmed and out jogging when he was shot by 2 white men who claimed they thought he was a burglar.
Cellphone footage showing the moment he was shot has prompted national outrage since it surfaced online...
The twenty-eight-second video shows Arbery jogging around a neighborhood on a sunny afternoon in late February 2020. The footage ends with 2 loud gunshots.
After the video circulated on social media...
Arbery's parents, Wanda Jones Cooper and Marcus Arbery Sr, spoke at a press conference after the footage was released.
"If my son killed the McMichael's son, he would have been arrested on the spot," Marcus Arbery said.
Marcus said his son, who was an aspiring boxer, was athletic and known for taking daily jogs around the neighborhood.
My heart is broke for the family of Ahmaud Arbery. As a mother, my child is my child regardless of age, I can’t ima… https://t.co/SCiFnZ0xPx— Maryanne Dooner (@Maryanne Dooner)1588900455.0
Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested on May 8 2020 for his murder.
It’s foul that 2 months following Ahmad Arbery’s murder, a video has to surface the internet and a petition has to… https://t.co/QBobqzlY9G— icandoanything (@icandoanything)1588894336.0
The father claimed his son got out of the truck holding a shotgun and was attacked by Arbery, as per the police report obtained by ABC News.
BREAKING: Greg and Travis McMichael, the retired police officer and son who shot and killed Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-yea… https://t.co/a7VA40rIxg— Democracy Now! (@Democracy Now!)1588900392.0
The 2 men tussled over the gun before Arbery was shot, as seen in the video, which was allegedly taken by a bystander.
Arbery was pronounced dead at the scene by the Glynn County coroner.
No weapons were found on him, according to the police report.
Cooper-Jones described her son as humble, kind, well-mannered, and beloved by his family and friends.
"Ahmaud didn't deserve to go the way that he went," she said.
Since the original footage emerged...
via: Getty Images
People were quick to point out that if it wasn't for the footage, nothing would have been done about Arbery's killing.
Additional footage quickly emerged...
I can’t tell you how many times my husband and I have gone into homes under construction while out on a walk or run… https://t.co/2wCScPOqRA— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts)1589123941.0
Some people decided to use this footage, and his past, as a way of justifying his killing.
Video confirmation there was no b&e, no theft, no vandalism. #AhmaudArbery was for all intents and purposes a poten… https://t.co/ad0s4LseM0— Drew Comments (@Drew Comments)1589131256.0
And of course...
This is #AhmaudArbery’s mom, Wanda Cooper. Two days ago, would have been his birthday. Today, they should have cele… https://t.co/0vkokTlcsJ— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@Ana Navarro-Cárdenas)1589124773.0
Many people pointed out how a video of his killing had to surface online for anything to be done about his death.
There was a loud call for justice...
There are three injustices surrounding #AhmaudArbery - 1. His murder. 2. The coverup and failure to prosecute his… https://t.co/5aiVHy1qum— Jacob Denhollander (@Jacob Denhollander)1589133605.0
And celebrities and politicians including Joe Biden, LeBron James, LL Cool J, and Kim Kardashian West were among those who spoke out at the time.
LeBron James expressed his outrage.
We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn j… https://t.co/r2yPGUnb8c— LeBron James (@LeBron James)1588802793.0
Actress, Viola Davis, provided a call to action.
"Stand with us and demand that Ahmaud’s murders are charged in his death. They are not immune from prosecution and should be tried for murder."
Countless celebrities have weighed in.
I am so tired...and so angry... Remember his name #AhmaudArbery— Phillipa Soo (@Phillipa Soo)1588807962.0
Just over a week after the arrests were made...
via: Getty ImagesArbery's mother spoke out about her son's murder.
Wanda Cooper-Jones spoke to TMZ.
Ahmaud Arbery was born on a Mother's Day. To his mother, Mrs. Wanda Cooper-Jones, We are thinking of you on this M… https://t.co/6HYjZJMBPB— Roc Nation (@Roc Nation)1589115601.0
"I would like for all hands that were involved, that played a part in my son's murder, to be prosecuted to the highest."
And, at the end of May last year, another arrest was made.
🚨Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested man who filmed the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery on felony murder c… https://t.co/0GLjekHxM0— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor)1590098747.0
William claimed he was simply a witness to the killing and had zero involvement.
WOW. Big news. William “Roddie” Bryan Jr (the guy who filmed the Ahmaud Arbery murder) has reportedly now been arr… https://t.co/qGfqwsJKx1— Philip DeFranco 👊🏻 (@Philip DeFranco 👊🏻)1590099175.0
And, this week, news has broken that each of the 3 suspects has been charged with 1 count of interference with rights and attempted kidnapping, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
BREAKING: The three men accused of killing #AhmaudArbery have been indicted by a grand jury in Georgia and formally… https://t.co/1aL2HmMn13— AJ+ (@AJ+)1593028895.0
This holds the men accountable for interfering with Arbery's right to use a public street just because of his skin color.
Additionally, the 2 McMichaels will face 1 count each of carrying and brandishing a firearm...
A grand jury has officially indicted Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William R. Bryan on malice and felony mur… https://t.co/jCtHEefsOE— Hope Ford (@Hope Ford)1593027299.0
The McMichaels and Bryan will also face the state charges of aggravated assault and murder that they were charged with last May.
This is a small victory for such a harrowing crime...
“The series of events captured in this video confirm what all the evidence indicated prior to its release— Ahmaud A… https://t.co/illKiqlPyY— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@S. Lee Merritt, Esq.)1588703590.0
Rest in Peace, Ahmaud Arbery. Say his name.