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Barney Wallcott / May 06,2020

Runners Move to Support Justice for Ahmaud Arbery, Slain Runner from Georgia

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Runners across the country are seeking justice for and honoring the memory of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was shot and killed on February 23 while he was on an afternoon run near his home in southeast Georgia.
Arbery, who friends and family say was a former high school football star and ran often to stay in shape, was confronted by two white men—a father and son who told police they thought Arbery was a suspect in neighborhood break-ins. After being chased down by the men in a truck, Arbery and the son struggled in the street over the son’s shotgun. Arbery was shot and died, according to the police report.
During the 911 call, a neighbor said that Arbery had stopped at a nearby house that was under construction, but police documents do not indicate that he was armed. The two men involved in the incident, Gregory McMichael, 64, and Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested on Thursday and will face murder and aggravated assault charges, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. They were taken into custody and booked into the Glynn County Jail.
The arrests came after the prosecutor for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit had recused herself because Gregory McMichael once worked in her office. The case was then handed to the district attorney in Waycross, Georgia, who also recused himself because his son also worked for the Brunswick district attorney, potentially creating another conflict of interest. However the New York Times obtained a letter the D.A. wrote to the police department, stating that the McMichaels were within their legal rights to pursue “a burglary suspect,” and said that under state law, “a private person may arrest an offender if the offense is committed in his presence or within his immediate knowledge.”

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