Two months ago, 25-year-old black man Ahmaud Arbery was brutally gunned down by white men while jogging in his hometown of Brunswick, Georgia. Today, his alleged killers have finally been arrested.
Two men involved in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery have been arrested and face murder and aggravated assault charges https://t.co/brgK3kAbFt— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) May 8, 2020
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested and charged Gregory McMichael, a 64-year-old former police officer, and his 34-year-old son Travis McMichael and charged them with the killing. CNN reports the two men have been booked into Glynn County jail and are being charged with murder and aggravated assault, according to CBS 46.
The Georgia Bureu of Investigation arrested Gregory McMichael & Travis McMichael for the death of Ahmaud Arbery. They were both charged with murder and aggravated assault. The McMichaels were taken into custody. #WeAreDoneDying #IrunwithMaud pic.twitter.com/GBAaCJTdDz— Derrick Johnson (@DerrickNAACP) May 8, 2020
The two McMichael men, who were armed with a shotgun and handgun, claim they mistook Arbery for a burglary suspect and fired in self-defense while attempting a citizen’s arrest.
Video of Arbery’s murder filmed from another vehicle recently went viral on social media. The chilling footage depicts Arbery running into an apparent ambush in broad daylight then fighting for his life before being shot to death.
“He wanted to stay fit and that was his thing and that is why he was always jogging,” Arbery’s aunt Thea Brooks told CBS46. “He did it every day, sometimes two times a day.”
The video—along with the lack of charges from local authorities—sparked outrage along with peaceful demonstrations in both Georgia and Florida, including one scheduled for 10 am at the Brunswick courthouse on Friday, which would have been Arbery’s 26th birthday.
Due to social distancing measures, supporters are encouraged to attend virtual remembrances and run 2.23 miles—honoring is death on February 23rd—and post on social media with the hashtag #IRunWithMaud.