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voiceofreason 05-08-2020 08:39 AM

Black ex-convict Ahmaud Arbery killed resisting Citizen's arrest by White son of ex-police officer

EXCLUSIVE: Father of Brunswick shooter previously investigated victim



Greg McMichael, who provided gun cover for his son as he fought and eventually shot a young black jogger, may have known the victim long before their encounter in a subdivision just south of Brunswick, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.

In his letter of recusal to Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney George Barnhill wrote that his son, a prosecutor in the Brunswick DA’s office, and McMichael, then an investigator in that same office, “both helped with the previous prosecution of (Ahmaud) Arbery.”

<< COMPLETE COVERAGE: Ahmaud Arbery shooting

McMichael, a former Glynn County cop, told Glynn police he recognized Arbery, 25, from surveillance video that captured a recent burglary in his mostly white neighborhood. He said he planned to make a citizen’s arrest.

When he was in high school, Arbery was sentenced to five years probation as a first offender on charges of carrying a weapon on campus and several counts of obstructing a law enforcement officer. He was convicted of probation violation in 2018 after he was charged with shoplifting
, court documents show.

McMichael, who retired from the DA’s office in April 2019, made no mention of his work on that investigation to police, though it’s unknown whether he remembered it at the time.

Barnhill wrote that he learned about his son and McMichael’s ties to Arbery “three or four weeks” earlier.

He didn’t say why he waited so long to recuse himself but claimed “a local 'rabble rouser' has taken up this cause and begun publishing wild and factually incorrect and legally wrong accusations on Facebook and other social media formats calling for marches and physical affronts be made against the McMichaels at their homes, and my son's home in Brunswick etc.”

Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, had requested Barnhill’s recusal but told the AJC Thursday that she didn’t know his son -- or, for that matter, McMichael -- worked on Ahmaud’s case.

“I just looked him up on Facebook and saw this son worked for the Brunswick DA,” she said.

It was a crucial decision. Without it, Cooper Jones’ attorney, Lee Merritt said, “the case would’ve been no billed to a grand jury and the McMichaels would’ve gotten away with murder.”

In a letter to Glynn County police, Barnhill wrote that criminal charges were unwarranted against Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, who appeared to fire all three shots, and a third man, William Bryan, who helped them corner Arbery on Feb. 23 inside their neighborhood just south of Brunswick.

The prosecutor said Arbery, who was unarmed, initiated contact with Travis McMichael.

“This family are not strangers to the local criminal justice system,” :rolleyes:Barnhill wrote in his letter to Carr. “From best we can tell, Ahmauds older brother has gone to prison in the past and is currently in the Glynn jail, without bond, awaiting new felony prosecution. It also appears a cousin has been prosecuted by DA Johnson's office.”

Merritt questioned what that had to do with Arberry’s shooting.

“This speaks to the wider issue of mass incarceration,” Merritt said. “If black people have any kind of criminal record somehow that justifies their murder.”

Meanwhile, a Brunswick criminal defense attorney on Thursday said he released the explosive video showing Arbery’s shooting.

“There had been very little information provided by the police department or the district attorney’s office, but there was entirely too much speculation, rumor, false narratives, and outright lies surrounding this event,” said the attorney, Alan Tucker. “I didn’t release this to ‘show that they did nothing wrong,’ as is being circulated.”

The video has proven to be a game-changer, with everyone from former Vice President Joe Biden to NBA star LeBron James condemning the shooting. President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he had not seen the video.

"My heart goes out to the parents and the loved ones of the young gentleman,” Trump said. “I will be getting a full report this evening."

In the video, Arbery attempts to run around the pick-up truck but runs into Travis McMichael. A struggle ensues and three shots are fired. The video concludes with Arbery collapsing, face first, onto the pavement, never to regain consciousness.

Barnhill credited the video to Bryan.

Tucker’s involvement is something of a mystery. He said his firm has not been retained to represent anyone involved in the case, but, in the very next sentence, added a caveat: “We may be, we may not be.”

“I love this community and have spent my career helping people in this community,” he wrote. “My sole purpose in releasing the video was absolute transparency because my community was being ripped apart by erroneous accusations and assumptions.”

Arbery’s parents have demanded the McMichaels be arrested. Atlantic Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tom Durden said Tuesday he would ask a grand jury to consider criminal charges.

Gov. Brian Kemp told reporters Thursday the video was “absolutely horrific and that Georgians deserve answers.”

“I told Director Reynolds to follow the facts, follow the truth and to administer justice,” Kemp said, referring to GBI Director Vic Reynolds. “I have no doubt in my mind, it will be fair and Director Reynolds and his seasoned team of investigators will work very quickly and will also be very thorough.”

Late Thursday afternoon GBI agents were canvassing Satilla Shores, the subdivision where Arbery was killed.

voiceofreason 05-08-2020 08:42 AM

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Arheel's Uncle 05-08-2020 12:28 PM

Ahmaud Arbery, history of mental illness & aggressive behavior - needs more followup
Before apparent video of Ahmaud Arbery shooting, a community was rallying for answers

Community members say a lack of information and attitudes about privilege and race have tainted an emotional case that has grabbed national attention.

But in a letter in April to a Glynn County police captain initially obtained by The New York Times, Barnhill defended the McMichaels' actions, as well as a third man who was part of the incident, writing they had "solid first hand probable cause" to chase after Arbery, a "burglary suspect," and stop him. Barnhill also said that after watching the video of the incident, "given the fact Arbery initiated the fight" and grabbed the shotgun, Travis McMichael "was allowed to use deadly force to protect himself" under Georgia law.
In addition, Barnhill said that Arbery's "mental health records & prior convictions help explain his apparent aggressive nature and his possible thought pattern to attack an armed man."
A 911 call made before the chase suggested that a black man — a potential burglary suspect — had been looking around a home on the McMichaels' block that was under construction.
Richards said Barnhill's letter only angered him and others in the community who don't believe Arbery committed any crime, or at least one that he needed to die for.
"It's very strange coming from a district attorney who is supposed to be a victim advocate," Richards said.

The negro had mental illness and aggressive nature and also prior convictions. WHAT were they?

Some are listed here, article needs followup. I ran into a problem and cannot finish this one.

Georgia man charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery previously investigated him

By Amanda Woods

May 8, 2020 | 9:32am
https://nypost.com/2020/05/08/father-of-georgia-shooter-had-investigated-ahmaud-arbery/?utm_source=zergnet.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_ca mpaign=zergnet_5183493


Arheel's Uncle 05-09-2020 05:54 AM

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Police Report Feb 23, 2020 on Ahmaud Arbery shooting incident.

via Scribd documents https://www.scribd.com/document/4601...-Police-Report

Arbery lived in Zip Code 31525
but was out jogging 10-12 miles from his Zip Code and wearing boots (Timberland possibly) and carrying a hammer in the Zip Code 31523 area where the reports of thefts at sites of new home construction still in process. The person who was stealing "whatever" at the sites was captured on surveillance camera footage.

Who goes jogging 1 or more Zip Codes away in a residential area instead of a park/trail?

Using Logic, Occam's Razor + Cui Bono. It ought to be clear.

Arheel's Uncle 05-09-2020 06:45 AM

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1 Attachment(s)
Stats and Demographics for the 31525 ZIP Code

Arbery's ZIP code 31525 is located in southeast Georgia and covers a slightly higher than average land area compared to other ZIP codes in the United States. It also has a slightly less than average population density.
The people living in ZIP code 31525 are primarily white. The number of people in their late 20s to early 40s is extremely large while the number of middle aged adults is large. There are also a large number of single parents and a slightly less than average number of families. The percentage of children under 18 living in the 31525 ZIP code is large compared to other areas of the country.
Population 28,247
Population Density 288 people per sq mi
Housing Units 12,443
Median Home Value $121,400
Land Area 98.18 sq mi (10 miles x 10 mile squared area)
Median Household Income $46,082
66% White
27% Black

Stats and Demographics for the 31523 ZIP Code
McMichaels' ZIP code 31523 is located in southeast Georgia and covers a slightly higher than average land area compared to other ZIP codes in the United States. It also has a slightly less than average population density.
The people living in ZIP code 31523 are primarily white. The number of people in their late 20s to early 40s is extremely large while the number of middle aged adults is extremely large. There are also a small number of single adults and a large number of families. The percentage of children under 18 living in the 31523 ZIP code is slightly higher than average compared to other areas of the country.
Population 13,229
Population Density 72 people per sq mi
Housing Units 5,449
Median Home Value $150,900
Land Area 198.18 sq mi (~14 miles x ~14 mile squared area)
Median Household Income $57,021
84% White
11% Black

Arbery sure traveled a LONG way to go jogging while black!

Actual map of the two Zip Codes https://www.zipmap.net/zips/31523.htm
McMichaels area zip code will always be more expensive because it has the big river inside the area.
Arbery's more than 4 times people density per Sq Mile & area zip code does not have river.

Arheel's Uncle 05-09-2020 10:04 AM

Re: W father of Brunswick, GA shooter previously investigated dead negro
Also listed as a victim in Police Report was Larry Nichols.
Larry Nichols is the owner of the properties that are likely the ones being built and vandalized [?] or burglarized.

Larry English Properties, LLC in Douglas, GA | Company ...


Larry English Properties, LLC is a Georgia Domestic Limited-Liability Company filed on October 8, 2002. The company's filing status is listed as Active/Compliance and its File Number is 0251202. The Registered Agent on file for this company is Larry H. English Jr. and is located at 1432 Chatterton Church Road, Nicholls, GA 31554.

voiceofreason 05-10-2020 05:38 AM

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GBI reviewing additional video footage in Ahmaud Arbery case


GBI agents in the Ahmaud Arbery murder investigation are reviewing additional video from the Glynn County neighborhood where he was shot to death as they piece together the minutes before the fatal confrontation
that has drawn national attention to Georgia and its justice system.

Investigators are reviewing the tape, recorded minutes before the Feb. 23 killing, to gain a better understanding of what transpired before the shooting.

“We are using video to put the timeline together to fill in the blanks of what happened that afternoon,” said Scott Dutton, GBI’s Deputy Director of investigations.

The digital video file was obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from a source outside the GBI on Friday, and investigators confirmed it was part of the case file when the agency entered the case on Tuesday.

"We are indeed reviewing additional video footage and photographs as part of the active case," the GBI said in a statement Saturday afternoon, several hours after the AJC’s article about the video posted online. "It is important to note that this footage was reviewed at the beginning of the GBI investigation and before the arrests of Gregory and Travis McMichael."

The video appears to be from a home security camera installed at a house about a block from the shooting.

A former Fulton County prosecutor who reviewed the video on Saturday said it doesn’t appear to alter the criminal questions facing the two men arrested in the case.

Lawyers representing Arbery’s family said in a Saturday statement that the security camera video proves Arbery did nothing wrong prior to the fatal encounter: “Ahmaud Arbery did not take part in any felony, had no illegal substances in his system, was not armed yet was shot three times with a shotgun at close range.”

Arbery’s family said he liked to jog in the area. One of the armed men who confronted Arbery that day later told police they pursued him because they thought he had been involved in earlier break-ins in the neighborhood.

» COMPLETE COVERAGE: Ahmaud Arbery shooting

The video shows a man wearing a white shirt and shorts, who appears to be Arbery, 25, walking down Satilla Drive on that Sunday afternoon. It shows the man walk into the garage of a house under construction and then walk around back of the house. The tape indicates that man was on the construction site less than five minutes, much of the time out of view of the camera. He did not appear to take anything from the house.

Soon after the figure in shorts and t-shirt enters the construction property, a man wearing what appears to be overalls walks near a stand of trees across the street from the site and the figure appears to be observing the construction site.

A minute later, after a car passes, a figure that appears to be Arbery comes out of a front door of the house quickly and runs down the road in the direction of Travis McMichael’s home on Satilla Drive.

McMichael, 34, and his father, Gregory McMichael, 64, were charged Thursday with felony murder and aggravated assault by the GBI.

The surveillance video appears to describe what a witness reported to police on a 911 call. At 1:08 pm that Sunday, the Glynn County 911 center received report that a man was in the house under construction.

The dispatcher responded: “And you said someone is breaking into it right now?

“No,” the caller said. “It’s all open, it’s under construction. And he’s running right now! There he goes right now.”

“OK,” the dispatcher asked. “What is he doing?”

“He’s running down the street.”

The dispatcher said she would send police.

Six minutes later another caller called 911 to say, “There’s a black male running down the street.”

The security video shows a person, who appears to be Arbery, continuing down Satilla Drive. Former Fulton prosecutor Manny Arora, who reviewed the video, said entry of a construction site is not necessarily a crime. At most, it may be a misdemeanor, unless anything was taken
, he said.

Georgia law allows for a citizen’s arrest in a felony crime committed in one’s presence, said Arora, who is currently a criminal defense attorney in Atlanta. But a citizen can only use reasonable force to detain a person and deadly force cannot be used unless it’s to prevent a forcible felony or for self-defense.

Since the McMichaels initiated the confrontation with the weapons it will be difficult for them to claim self-defense and what appears on the security video doesn’t justify their actions, he said. The footage also demonstrates that police were not far from the neighborhood when the incident occurred, he said.

“If you initiate an assault you don’t get then claim self-defense if the other person reacts to them being assaulted,” Arora said. “From the information we have right now, this video doesn’t change the basis for the arrest.”

At the distant periphery of the video, two people can be seen around a parked pickup truck in a driveway a a few houses down from the construction site. The driveway is at or near Travis McMichael’s house.

Gregory McMichael told police that he was in the front yard when he saw “the suspect from the break-ins ‘hauling ass’ down Satilla Drive.”

Gregory McMichael ran in the house to alert his son, Travis McMichael. The men armed themselves and went after Arbery, according to Gregory McMichael’s police statement.

The McMichaels told police that they had decided to arm themselves and pursue Arbery because they suspected him of committing burglaries in the Satilla Shores neighborhood. They also told police they had seen Arbery on earlier surveillance tapes and were concerned that he could be armed because they said they saw him on another occasion sticking “his hand down his pants.”

Glynn County police records include no recent reports of house burglaries in Satilla Shores. The only report of that kind was a Jan. 1 theft of a handgun stolen from an unlocked truck parked at McMichael’s house.

On the video, the truck, which resembles the one driven by the McMichaels, can be seen driving off in the same direction Arbery had run. The man in the overalls walks down the street and appears to motion toward the truck.

Four minutes after the truck drives off, a police cruiser is seen on the video driving in same direction. Minutes later another cruiser drives by, followed by an EMT truck, a fire truck with lights flashing and more police cruisers speeding by.

A block away, out of view of the home surveillance video, the confrontation with the McMichaels had left Arbery dead on the pavement.

A video made public Tuesday, which has gone viral worldwide, shows Arbery running at a jogger’s pace on a road in the neighborhood. He slows as he approaches Travis McMichael’s truck, which blocked the street in front of him.

A struggle ensues as the McMichaels confront Arbery and three shots are fired. Arbery moves a few feet and collapses onto the asphalt.

After the case stalled for two-and-a-half months as two prosecutors recused themselves because of conflicts of interests, the GBI arrested the father and son Thursday afternoon after reviewing the case for less than two days.

GBI Director Vic Reynolds said Friday that his agency received the case Tuesday night and began investigating Wednesday. By Thursday afternoon agents had concluded they had sufficient evidence to charge the two men.

“I can tell you there was more than sufficient probable cause in this case,” he said. Both men are in the Glynn County jail after a judge refused to free them on bond Friday afternoon.

The Bobster 05-10-2020 07:37 AM

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Amazing how fast the groids get those dead nigger t-shirts out.

The Bobster 05-10-2020 07:39 AM

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[Maude theme: and then there's Maude]

voiceofreason 05-10-2020 07:58 AM

Joe Biden calls shooting of unarmed black man by two white men in Georgia 'cold blooded MURDER'

Old Joe must be sleeping in this morning. You'd think this happening in his home state, he'd be twattering away. After all, he was quick the other day re: GA "incident"


Joe Biden calls shooting of unarmed black man by two white men in Georgia 'cold blooded MURDER' and says family of Ahmaud Arbery need justice


Arheel's Uncle 05-10-2020 09:38 AM

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Wheeeeee! Feel free to dig into these...

Top 3 Reasons to Doubt the Ahmaud "Just a Jogger" Arbery Narrative

Who the race hustlers are & make money.

Michelle Malkin • May 8, 2020

'The Trayvon Hoax' Gets A Reboot With The Shooting Death Of Ahmaud Arbery

Chris Menahan
May. 08, 2020


Armaud Arbery:

Wikipedia gathered almost all the source articles

Arheel's Uncle 05-10-2020 09:50 AM

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Document cloud DA Barnhill on Armaud Arbery

Despite the truth, the McMichaels' will be railroaded.

The Bobster 05-11-2020 06:50 AM

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Video appears to show Ahmaud Arbery at building site just before death
By Lee Brown
May 11, 2020 | 9:05am

New video appears to show Ahmaud Arbery calmly wandering around the construction site of a new house in Georgia just moments before he was confronted and shot dead, according to reports.

Surveillance footage seems to show an inquisitive Arbery, 25, looking around the Brunswick property for just under three minutes before leaving, reported News4Jax, which got the video from the homeowner.

The filmed man is shown in a white T-shirt and shorts — matching the outfit Arbery was wearing in footage that showed him being shot dead after being confronted by two white men as he ran down the street.

Arbery died on Feb. 23, but no arrests were made until last Thursday, days after video of the deadly confrontation was released. Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, are now charged with his murder.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed to News4Jax that it was reviewing the footage “as part of the active case.”

“It is important to note that this footage was reviewed at the beginning of the GBI investigation and before the arrests of Gregory and Travis McMichael,” the bureau said.

The footage from inside the construction site emerged a day after another video appeared to show Arbery go into the property and then jog away minutes later.

Attorneys representing Arbery’s family said that the new videos are “consistent with the evidence already known to us.”

“Ahmaud’s actions at this empty home under construction were in no way a felony under Georgia law,” the legal team of S. Lee Merritt, Ben Crump and L. Chris Stewart have said in a statement.

They note that he did not take anything or cause any damage before jogging away.

“We reiterate, Ahmaud Arbery did not take part in ANY felony, had no illegal substances in his system, was not armed yet was shot three times with a shotgun at close range,” they have said in their statement.

The Bobster 05-11-2020 06:54 AM

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Man arrested on terrorism charges after social media threat to Ahmaud Arbery protests
By Yaron Steinbuch
May 11, 2020 | 6:06am

Niggers pretend to pray during a rally to protest the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery. AP

Authorities in Georgia have arrested a 20-year-old man on terrorism-related charges for allegedly threatening future protests in the shooting death of unarmed :rolleyes: black jogger Ahmaud Arbery, officials said.

Rashawn Smith was taken into custody in Midway, Georgia, and charged with dissemination of information relating to terroristic acts, the Georgia Bureau of Information said Sunday night.

“Smith created a Facebook User ID of an unwitting individual to post a hoax threat,” the agency said in a tweet.

The GBI said it was made aware of the Facebook post at about 11:55 p.m. Saturday.

Smith’s arrest comes two days after hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Glynn County courthouse, calling for justice in Arbery’s death, while ex-cop Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34, made their first appearance before a judge via video conference from the Glynn County jail.

“It’s a cowardly move,” protest organizer Travis Riddle told First Coast News after Smith’s arrest.

“We’re expecting the cowards to come out now. I think they’re afraid of what we’re trying to get to. They see everybody coming together, young, old, white, black,” Riddle told the news outlet.

“That’s different than the approach they came up with that’s now fading away. We’re now moving towards something bigger and better, so I think they’re trying to put a fear tactic together,” he said, adding that he and other organizers are taking the threat seriously.

“We’re not going to take it lightly by any means, but we’re also not going to let it stop us from getting the message across that we want justice for Ahmaud. We want justice for Brunswick, as well as the whole United States. Enough is enough,” Riddle said.

Riddle said organizers will meet this week to decide what actions to take to ensure safety.

“We want to make sure the message is getting heard without jeopardizing people’s safety,” he said. “This is the work of some cowards, and we’re dealing with some cowards right now, but they’re not going to stop us.”

The two white men were charged with murder last week by state prosecutors, weeks after Arbery’s Feb. 23 death, which was captured in a horrific video.

The footage shows a pickup truck driven by Gregory cut off Arbery as he jogs by. Travis then exits the vehicle with a shotgun and confronts Arbery.

The two struggle over the weapon, and Arbery is shot and staggers away briefly before falling, mortally wounded.

The McMichaels told police they believed the 25-year-old was a burglar.

voiceofreason 05-11-2020 08:47 AM

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The Bobster 05-12-2020 07:31 AM

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Ex-pastor (and current libtard as shole) goes on run with TV to make point about Ahmaud Arbery shooting
By Yaron Steinbuch
May 12, 2020 | 7:55am


A white former pastor said he ran more than two miles clutching a flat-screen TV to prove that the color of his skin was enough to protect him from meeting the same fate as unarmed :rolleyes: black jogger Ahmaud Arbery.

Two white :eek: men, Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, have been arrested on charges of murder and aggravated assault in the death of the 25-year-old men, who was gunned down Feb. 23.

The two men told police they believed Arbery was a burglar.

Richard Demsick, 34, a former pastor in Vero Beach, Florida, said he felt it didn’t matter what he wore or how “suspicious” he looked — that just being white was enough to keep him safe, according to Insider.

As part of the #IRunWithMaud movement, a virtual protest in honor of what would have been the victim’s 26th birthday, Demsick posted a video on TikTok that has garnered over a million views.

“I just started crying when I just saw this poor young man running — as I have thousands of times in my life — get shot down :rolleyes:,” he told Insider.

Demsick said he thought that “maybe I should run with a TV to show that being a suspicious character isn’t enough that someone should be shot down. Being a white person, that’s just not going to happen to me.”

So on Friday, he ran 2.23 miles though his neighborhood – which did have a string of burglaries — while carrying the TV.

“All right, I’ve figured it out,” he says in the video. “I got my hat on backwards, I’m shirtless, like I’m on some episode of ‘Cops,’ I’m running with a TV, someone’s going to stop me now for sure, ’cause, if not, what was the problem with Ahmaud?”

Rather than being met with suspicion or hostility, he said, his neighbors waved and smiled as he ran by.

“Not a soul” even asked him later what he was up to, he said.

In another video on Mother’s Day, Demsick asked his mom whether she was scared for him during his experimental jog — or whether she thought the cops would be called.

“No, of course not,” she said.

“Huh, I wonder why that is,” he replied.

Black mothers, Demsick told Insider, would likely not feel the same. :barf1:

The Bobster 05-12-2020 10:40 AM

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Ahmaud Arbery killed by two shotgun blasts to chest, autopsy report says
By Tamar Lapin
May 11, 2020 | 6:49pm

Ahmaud Arbery was killed by two close-range shotgun blasts to the chest, and also suffered a graze wound to the wrist, during a struggle with a pair of armed white men in Georgia, according to his autopsy report revealed Monday.

The 25-year-old black jogger’s Feb. 23 death was deemed a homicide caused by “multiple shotgun wounds” by the Glynn County Coroner, TMZ reported.

He did not have any alcohol or drugs in his system at the time of his death, the coroner found.

Arbery was wearing a white t-shirt, tan cargo shorts, gray athletic shoes :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: and two tan bandannas — all of which were bloodstained, the report said.

The clothing description matches a new video appearing to show Arbery calmly wandering around the construction site of a new house moments before he was confronted by father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael and shot dead.

The McMichaels told police they chased Arbery down because they believed he matched the description of a burglary suspect caught on surveillance video.

They were arrested and charged with Arbery’s murder last week — more than two months after his death — after video of the shooting emerged online, sparking national outrage.

Three local prosecutors had recused themselves from the case because of their ties to Gregory McMichael, a former cop in Glynn County and a retired investigator for the district attorney’s office.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the state law enforcement agency, took over the case and levied the murder charges.

Federal prosecutors are also considering hate crimes charges, the Justice Department said on Monday.

voiceofreason 05-12-2020 12:40 PM

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Owner of house Ahmaud Arbery purportedly entered before fatal shooting receiving death threats

May 12, 2020

Larry English had long dreamed of owning a waterfront home. It was on his bucket list. He wanted easy access to fish and boat and a peaceful distraction from the stress of his heart-related illness.

His dream home is under construction in Brunswick, Georgia. But English said it is unlikely he and his family will ever move into the home once it is complete.

"Now, it's honestly not safe," said his attorney, Elizabeth Graddy. "It's supposed to be a place for comfort and peace. And now, it will be forever associated with this tragedy."

English, 50, owns the house that Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, purportedly entered before he was shot and killed on Feb. 23 by two white men.

Gregory McMichael, 64, and Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested and charged on Thursday with murder and aggravated assault — two days after a graphic video of the shooting of Arbery became public. The video of the fatal shooting thrust the case into the national spotlight, prompting widespread outrage and raising concerns about why it took law enforcement officials more than two months to make arrests in the killing.

English has received death threats since arrests were made in the case, his attorney said in an interview Monday night, speaking on behalf of her client. She said English and his wife are "heartsick" for Arbery's parents.

Video from the day of Arbery's death, obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, shows a black man wearing a T-shirt and shorts walking up to a house under construction, entering and then leaving shortly after. Lawyers representing Arbery's family said in a Saturday statement that the security camera video proves Arbery did nothing wrong prior to the fatal encounter.

The Bobster 05-12-2020 06:58 PM

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Man who called cops on Ahmaud Arbery: ‘You don’t go jogging wearing saggy pants
By Jorge Fitz-Gibbon
May 12, 2020 | 5:05pm | Updated

A Georgia man called the cops on slain black jogger Ahmaud Arbery minutes before he was gunned down — saying he was suspicious of Arbery’s “saggy pants,” according to a report.

The unidentified man, who lives in the Brunswick neighborhood where Arbery was killed by two white men :eek: on Feb. 23, told the Daily Mail he saw Arbery poking around a construction site about 350 yards from his home and called the police.

“I saw the fella earlier before it happened, and I called the police probably about 10 minutes before it happened,” the man told the outlet. “I didn’t call 911, I called the non-emergency number. I saw him running but he wasn’t running through the neighborhood.”

Asked why he was suspicious, he told Mail: “He wasn’t out for a jog, put it like that … You don’t go jogging wearing saggy pants, saggy shorts.”

Arbery was killed minutes later when Gregory McMichael, a 64-year-old retired cop, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, cut him off in their pickup truck while he jogged through the neighborhood.

Travis McMichael got out of the truck toting a shotgun and got into a struggle with Arbey, shooting him twice at point-blank range.

Video of the encounter surfaced earlier this month and went viral, leading to the arrests of both McMichaels.

Gregory McMichael made a second call to police before the shooting, which he ended abruptly during the encounter with Arbery.

Surveillance footage inside the half-finished home on the block shows a man believed to be Arbery looking through the construction site for nearly three minutes before he leaves.

The owner of the home, Larry English, issued a statement this week distancing himself from the incident and denouncing the McMichaels’ “vigilante response.”

English bought the property in June 2016 for $120,000 and has built much of the house — which is marked with a no trespassing sign, the Mail said.

Arheel's Uncle 05-12-2020 10:33 PM

Black LIES Matter: A Sean King production
Justice for Ahmaud

Ahmaud Arbery was only 25 years old. Ahmaud Arbery, a fit athlete, was out jogging near his home on a Sunday afternoon in Brunswick, Georgia on February 23, 2020, when two white supremacists saw him, got their guns, got in a truck, chased him down, pulled up next to him, shot him at least two times, and killed him right there on the spot.


Arheel's Uncle 05-13-2020 06:28 AM

Afraud Arbery black lies matter saga continues
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You can click and watch a short video on the frauds. In DaKoolElefante's thread, tells the real story of the fraudulent TNB. At this time, the thread is still up.


Arheel's Uncle 05-14-2020 04:22 PM

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Decatur firm to defend Travis McMichael in fatal shooting

By LARRY HOBBS lhobbs@thebrunswicknews.com
7 hrs ago
Atlanta-based criminal defense attorneys Robert G. “Bob” Rubin and Jason B. Sheffield announced Thursday that they will represent Glynn County resident Travis McMichael, who is accused of fatally shooting the unarmed Ahmaud Arbery on a neighborhood street in the Satilla Shores community on Feb. 23.
McMichael, 34, and his father, Gregory McMichael, 64, were arrested May 7 by Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents. Both remain without bail in the Glynn County Detention Center, each charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.
Ruben and Sheffield are part of the Decatur law firm of Peters, Rubin, Sheffield & Hodges.
The attorney said they believe Travis McMichael is “not guilty of the charges against him,” according to a statement from the law firm. Video of the shooting that was leaked to the media last week raised furor over the case. The video captures Travis McMichael firing a shotgun three times at close range as he and Arbery struggle for possession of the gun, a deadly ending to an incident that began when the McMichaels armed themselves and pursued Arbery through the neighborhood in a pickup truck.
“Travis has been vilified before (his) voice could even be heard,” Rubin said. “In a case such as this that is already highly publicized, it is imperative that no one rush to judgment and to allow the legal process to run its course.”

Arbery shooting breathes new life into Georgia hate crimes law, spurs new initiatives

19 hrs ago The recent shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery is renewing interest in some older legislation and spurring new initiatives in the Georgia General Assembly.

Mayor urges peaceful protests

19 hrs ago The Ahmaud Arbery shooting happened outside city limits, but it was the main topic discussed during Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey’s “fireside chat” Wednesday via teleconference.

Arheel's Uncle 05-14-2020 11:53 PM

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Ahmaud Arbery Was No Stranger to Law Enforcement Records Show
USA Headline NewsPOSTED ON MAY 12, 2020


BRUNSWICK, Ga. 2013 – A quick-acting police officer in Brunswick stopped a teenager with a loaded gun from entering a high school basketball game Tuesday night.

Police arrested 19-year-old Ahmaud Marquez Arbery (pictured below), who is not a student at Brunswick.

“The man ran through the parking lot. I tried to get him to stop as well. He would not stop for us,” said Glynn County Schools Chief of Police, Rod Ellis. “We ended up chasing him to the back of the school were other officers helped us apprehend him.”

Ellis said the .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun slipped out of the teen’s pants.

A parent, who did not want to be identified, told Channel 4 he saw the gun as he was about to enter the school gym. He said police were everywhere.

“They were trying to keep everyone calm and away from the gun that was on the ground. They wouldn’t let anyone in or out of the gym,” said the parent.

The basketball game continued without interruption while police arrested Avery.

“The main thing is we stopped him from getting into the event,” Ellis said. “We don’t know what his intentions were but you know it’s never a good combination when you bring a weapon to a school event clearly when it’s posted that you can’t.”

At Friday night’s basketball game, Chief Ellis said they added more officers and from now on, every person will be scanned with a metal-detecting wand.

Police said Arbery is out of jail on bond. Two of the police officers suffered injuries. One has been treated for a fractured hand.

Arbery was sentenced to five years probation as a first offender on charges of carrying a weapon on campus and several counts of obstructing a law enforcement officer. He was convicted of probation violation in 2018 after he was charged with Theft, court documents show.

Arheel's Uncle 05-15-2020 07:43 PM

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McMichaels’ Attorneys: Public Has Rushed To Judgment
May 15, 2020 at 8:04 am

(CNN) — Lawyers for two men charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick asserted Thursday that the public has rushed to judgment, and that the full story has yet to be revealed.

Travis McMichael, 34, and his father, Gregory McMichael, 64, are charged with felony murder and aggravated assault in the February 23 death of Arbery, a black man who was shot dead while jogging just outside Brunswick.

But Robert Rubin and Jason Sheffield, attorneys for the younger McMichael, “conducted an extensive initial investigation and believe there is compelling evidence that Mr. McMichael is not guilty of the charges against him,” a statement from their law firm reads.

“Travis has been vilified before his voice could even be heard. … The truth in this case will exonerate Travis,” the statement reads.

At a news conference at the firm’s office in Decatur, Rubin said Arbery’s death was a tragedy, though that doesn’t mean that a crime was committed.

“Our hearts go out to the Arbery family, because, although, we don’t stand in their shoes, we understand their pain,” he said.

Gregory McMichael’s attorneys said the public has not heard the whole story, and “more of the truth will come out.”

“So often the public accepts a narrative driven by an incomplete set of facts, one that vilifies a good person, based on a rush to judgement, which has happened in this case,” Laura Hogue, one of the attorneys for the elder McMichael, said in her law firm’s statement.

“While the death of Ahmaud Arbery is a tragedy, causing deep grief to his family — a tragedy that at first appears to many to fit into a terrible pattern in American life — this case does not fit that pattern,” attorney Frank Hogue said. “The full story, to be revealed in in time, will tell the truth about this case.”

The Hogues will hold a news conference Friday.

The father and son were arrested May 7 in connection with Arbery’s killing, days after a cell phone video of the confrontation emerged. Gregory McMichael told police, according to the incident report, that Arbery attacked his son and was shot as they fought over the shotgun.

Attorneys for Arbery’s family said Travis McMichael’s lawyers were correct in saying no one should rush to judgment.

“The men who ambushed Ahmaud Arbery rushed to judgment on February 23,” the statement from S. Lee Merritt, Benjamin Crump and L. Chris Stewart reads. They also say Travis McMichael should be presumed innocent in the legal system.

“We only wish that (he) had provided that same presumption of innocence to Ahmaud Arbery before chasing and killing him,” the statement reads.

The McMichaels are being held in jail; a judge said last week that bail will be set later. Sheffield said he intends to ask a judge to release Travis McMichael on bail.

Gregory McMichael’s defense team said they will ask for bail and they think “more of the truth will come out” at a preliminary hearing.

Neither hearing has been scheduled.

The Bobster 05-16-2020 06:43 AM

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Gregory McMichael leaked viral video of Ahmaud Arbery shooting to press in shocking twist
By Laura Italiano
May 15, 2020 | 8:51pm | Updated

Viral video of the shooting of unarmed Georgia jogger Ahmaud Arbery was first leaked to the press at the request of the dad now accused of his murder — because he thought it would make him and his son look better.

The ironic shocker — that it was ex-cop Gregory McMichael who leaked the very video that would expose the Arbery shooting to the world, leading to father-son murder charges — was reported Friday by WSB-TV in Atlanta.

The video shows McMichael standing in the back of a pickup truck as his son, Greg, coonfronts and opens fire on the jogger with a shotgun.

The McMichaels are white :eek:, and Arbery was black, and yet the dad, an ex-cop, leaked the video to a radio station two months after the shooting because he thought it would ease rising racial tensions in the South Georgia community of Satilla Shores, WSB-TV reported.

The stunning plot twist was revealed Friday by Alan Tucker, a Brunswick attorney who had informally consulted with the suspects, and who was previously known to have been the source of the video.

Tucker told WSBS-TV that leaking the video, which had been shot from a second vehicle by a pal of the father and son, was Greg McMichael’s idea.
Video shows disturbing footage of fatal shooting of unarmed Ahmaud Arbery

The lawyer said Greg McMichael brought the video, and others, to his office for help getting it downloaded so it could be sent to local radio station WGIG in Brunswick.

Tucker, too, thought leaking the video would ease racial tensions.

“I didn’t want the neighborhood to become a Ferguson,” Tucker told WSB-TV.

As it turned out, the ease-tensions strategy backfired monumentally.

The video prompted a national outcry online and at rallies, and pressure for a prosecution contributed to the father and son being arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault.

Arheel's Uncle 05-19-2020 01:47 PM

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It's a THUG LIFE after all, in a small small internet world! Driving on suspended license.

2017 "Ize jus rappin in the park, officer!"

Taken from new video

Exclusive: police fail in attempt to tase Ahmaud Arbery during 2017 incident

448,194 views May 18, 2020

Arheel's Uncle 05-19-2020 02:07 PM

Re: Black suspect Ahmaud Arbery killed resisting Citizen's arrest by White son of ex-police officer
What if Ahmaud Avery was his real name, and the family changed to Arbery to escape from family members being ostracized for having a criminal record?

It wouldn't be the first time a name was changed after criminal convictions for that reason.

Police arrest four in span of an hour
Four people are facing gun-related charges after area police had a wild hour Tuesday night in two separate incidents that involved guns at about the same time.

One incident [a diversion?] locked down the Brunswick High School gym during a basketball game while the other involved an AK-47-type assault rifle.

At about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, Glynn County Schools Resource Officer Jody Vicent noticed a man with a handgun tucked in the waistband of his pants attempting to enter the basketball game between Brunswick High School and Glynn Academy at the Brunswick High School gym.

The man, identified by Schools Police Chief Rod Ellis as 19-year-old Ahmaud Marquez Avery, ran when Vicent tried to stop him, said Ellis, who was on alert in his police vehicle in a parking lot because of a nearby chase involving Brunswick police.

Ellis said he drove alongside Avery with his gun pointed at him as Avery ran along a sidewalk in front of the school. After being ordered to stop several times, Ellis said Avery ran between buildings to the back of the school, where two officers cornered him and arrested him.

"Once he was handcuffed, the offender confirmed by exculpatory statement that he was indeed armed, but he had dropped the weapon in his attempt to escape," Ellis said.

An intense search [at the school], joined by Glynn County police, Brunswick police and College of Coastal Georgia police, found a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol under a folding sandwich board-style sign in front of the gym, Ellis said.

In the course of the chase, a school resource officer fell and fractured his hand.

Ellis said the gym was placed on lockdown immediately after Vicent spotted the gun, meaning no one was allowed into or out of the building.

Avery is charged with two felonies, possession of a weapon on school property and obstruction of an officer with violence, and a high and aggravated misdemeanor of obstruction of a public school. Ellis said other charges may be pending.

While the chase at the high school was going on, Brunswick Police were busy several blocks to the south after hearing gunshots while they investigated a report of an armed robbery.

Capt. Kevin Jones said officers responded at about 7 p.m. to the 2400 block of Union Street, where a man working on a three-man crew selling furniture from the back of a truck said he had been robbed.

The man told detectives he and his co-workers had met three men at a nearby fast-food restaurant who asked them to deliver furniture to an address on Union Street.

When the furniture truck arrived, Jones said the three would-be robbers, one of them carrying an AK-47-type rifle, ordered the man out of the truck, took his money and told him to undress. As the man was following the alleged robbers' orders, Jones said the man's co-workers who were still in the truck sped away in it.

While detectives were interviewing the man they heard what sounded like handguns being fired, accompanied by several rounds from an automatic rifle.

When officers got to an area near Ellis Street that they thought was the source of the gunfire they saw a car that matched the description of the one the alleged robbery victim had told them his robbers had been driving.

Police chased the car a few blocks before the suspects stopped and tried to run away. Police arrested all three, Jones said.
Officers found two .40 caliber pistols in the car and the assault-type rifle a short distance away, Jones said.

Police charged Jessie Fleming, 22, of Glynn County and Devonte Hicks, 21, of Brunswick with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. They charged Donnie Baldwin, 27, of Brunswick with armed robbery, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and involvement in criminal street gang activity.

Jones said other charges may be pending for all three.

Arheel's Uncle 05-19-2020 05:26 PM

Re: Black suspect Ahmaud Arbery killed resisting Citizen's arrest by White son of ex-police officer
LEO, "It's too hot to be wearing that jacket, dude."

Thieves wear big heavy coats & jackets even during hot summers inside stores to help them hide things they steal. My sister worked at Robinson's - May Co. Department Stores.

Ahmaud Arbery arrest for stealing or "shoplifting" 65 inch TV from Walmart

•May 19, 2020

On December 1, 2017 Ahmaud Arbery and three associates were by store personnel as they attempted to push a 65” Vizio television out of a Walmart. They were unable to produce a receipt and the store employees would not let them take the TV out of the store. Police were called and stopped the four persons of interest in the parking lot on suspicion of theft. Bodycam video of the incident shows that Arbery, then aged 23, lied and told the police officers he was twenty years old. When an officer asked Arbery about the 65” TV he tried to push out of the store, Arbery replied “I don’t know nothin’ abut no TV brother“ Shortly after that, Arbery claimed “I had a receipt bro.” Arbery was arrested. His associates were released and instructed that they were not welcome to return to the store. The Daily Beast, which reviewed the court files, has confirmed that Arbery was convicted of this "theft by shoplifting" charge: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-sho... This arrest violated Arbery's probation on this earlier gun possession conviction: https://www.news4jax.com/news/2013/12...

Incident/arrest reports related to the Walmart incident are linked here:
1) https://www.scribd.com/document/462051857/Police-call-Ahmaud-Arbery-Walmart-theft-by-shoplifting

2) https://www.scribd.com/document/462051853/Arrest-report-Ahmaud-Arbery-theft-by-shoplifitng

voiceofreason 05-20-2020 09:39 AM

Re: Black suspect Ahmaud Arbery killed resisting Citizen's arrest by White son of ex-police officer

'THEY'RE NOT MONSTERS' Woman whose brother and dad ‘killed’ Ahmaud Arbery admits ‘mistakes were made’ but claims ‘it was no lynching’
Updated: May 15 2020, 18:09 ET

THE sister and daughter of Ahmaud Arbery's alleged murderers has admitted "mistakes were made" but claimed the shooting "was no lynching" in a shocking defense of her family.


Lindsay McMichael, 30
, was at home in her pajamas when she heard gunshots and commotion outside her house and ran out to witness the horrific aftermath of Ahmaud's killing allegedly at the hands of brother Travis, 34 and dad Gregory McMichael, 64.

She also claims her brother and father are not racist, saying they "loved" all her non-white boyfriends like a "brother or son".

The Bobster 05-21-2020 04:28 PM

Re: Black suspect Ahmaud Arbery killed resisting Citizen's arrest by White son of ex-police officer
Disgusting coalburning whore.

The Bobster 05-21-2020 04:30 PM

Re: Black suspect Ahmaud Arbery killed resisting Citizen's arrest by White son of ex-police officer

Georgia man who filmed Ahmaud Arbery shooting arrested on murder charge
By Jorge Fitz-Gibbon
May 21, 2020 | 6:28pm

The Georgia man who filmed the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery has been arrested on murder charges, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Thursday.

William “Roddie” Bryan, 50, was charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment, in Arbery’s Feb. 23 shooting death by two white men.

Arbery, 25, who is black, was unarmed as he jogged through the Brunswick neighborhood when Bryan, who is also white, and the two other men, Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, chased him for more than four minutes before he was confronted by the McMichaels and shot dead.

Travis McMichael shot Arbery dead at close range with a shotgun. He and his father, a former Glynn County police officer, were not charged in the case for 74 days, until the GBI took over the case.

Bryan’s cellphone video of the shooting was made public this month and sparked national outrage.

He claimed he was a good Samaritan, but an expanded version of his video, released by S. Lee Merritt, Arbery’s family’s attorney, showed that he got into his vehicle and also chased Arbery, then filmed while he was shot dead.

Bryan is to be held at the Glynn County Jail.

voiceofreason 05-21-2020 05:48 PM

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GBI arrests man who filmed Ahmaud Arbery’s killing
William “Roddie” Bryan, Jr., charged with murder & attempt to commit false imprisonment

Updated: May 21, 2020, 8:03 pm


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested the man credited with filming the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old man whose death has sparked unrest after video of his killing surfaced this month.

On Thursday, the GBI announced the arrest of William “Roddie” Bryan, Jr. The 50-year-old is being booked into the Glynn County jail on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

The agency will hold a news conference on the arrest on Friday morning.

Bryan marks the third person charged in the case. He joins Gregory and Travis McMichael, the father and son who armed themselves and were seen on video confronting Arbery before he was shot dead in February in Satilla Shores. Both McMichaels are charged with murder.

Arheel's Uncle 05-22-2020 10:46 PM

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Likely my last post until there is a significant development. A telling & positive written piece authored by Legal Insurrection, one of my legal go-to's in the past. They aren't run of the mill lawyers, either.

The Ahmaud Arbery Case as Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin Redux
Posted by Andrew Branca Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 8:30pm

Media narratives must be questioned, and the answers may not please a lot of people

Hey folks,

It’s been a while, glad to be back, hope everybody is doing well, and in the interests of efficiency let us all presume that suitable compliments and offerings of adult beverages have been made.

I expect most of you are aware of the Ahmaud Arbery case down in Georgia, in which two white men, Greg McMichael and Travis McMichael have been charged with felony murder for the shooting death of Arbery, a black male.

The popular media narrative of this event is along the lines of “white supremacists murder black man for the crime of jogging.” If you’re getting your understanding of this event from the mainstream media you probably believe that narrative to have at least some resemblance to what actually happened, making this whole affair unquestionably an example of racially motivated murder.

As those of you familiar with my work might have guessed, I suggest that there exists an entirely different narrative altogether, a narrative based on actual facts and actual law rather than emotive projection and outrage, and one that is sufficient consistent with the McMichaels acted lawfully that it is unlikely (though possible) that their prosecution for felony murder can overcome their anticipated legal defense of self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt.

I know, I know: racist. Whatever. Just a small-town lawyer, folks, doing here exactly what I did during the Zimmerman trial–sharing the legal and factual truth as honestly, and with as much informed insight, as I can bring to the task.

Incidentally, the parallels between this case and the Zimmerman case are many. Remember how the Zimmerman 911 recording was re-played by the media in modified form in order to suggest that Zimmerman was of a racist mindset? Yep, I’m seeing exactly the same being done with the 911 recordings in this Arbery case.

Remember how in the Zimmerman case the photos shown of Trayvon Martin were invariably him as a cherubic 13-year-old, happily smiling, rather than the young man in the wife beater giving the camera the finger while shrouded in apparent marijuana smoke and wielding pistols, while at the same time the photos of Zimmerman were invariably his unflattering mug shot? Yep, same here, the widely published photo of preference for Arbery is a smiling, suit-wearing, young man–not the mug shot of him with a 1,000 yard stare, a photo available but not chosen by the media. The McMichaels, of course, are represented by their mug shots.

Remember how in the Zimmerman case the claim was that Trayvon Martin was murdered for the “crime” of being black while wearing a hoodie? Or or the “crime” of being black and having Skittles and iced tea? Well, here we have Ahmaud Arbery allegedly murdered for the “crime” of being black while jogging.

Yet in both cases there is zero evidence–I mean that literally, zero evidence of any racist motivation on the part of either Zimmerman or the McMichaels. The Eric Holder Department of Justice even sent down teams of FBI Agents to thoroughly investigate the Sanford FL condo complex in which the shooting took place and in which Zimmerman lived, in a desperate search for evidence of racism on the part of Zimmerman that could justify a Federal prosecution of him for hate crimes.

They found nothing. And, so far, nothing of a racist nature has been found re: the McMichaels, either.

Remember how the local police and district attorneys investigated the Zimmerman case, concluded it was lawful self-defense, but then were shoved aside by the state bringing in an outside prosecutor to lead a case for second-degree malice murder against Zimmerman? Same here, with a now fourth prosecutor on the case, assigned at the state level, who filed charges of felony murder against the McMichaels after local authorities had determined their conduct was lawful.

Remember how the purportedly racist nature of the Zimmerman case was so unquestionable that anyone who suggested an alternative, non-racist narrative to explain what had occurred was immediately condemned as a racist themselves? To doubt the accepted narrative of Zimmerman was to be racist oneself, period. Yep, I’m seeing the same exact dynamic here.

Remember all the misinformation and disinformation created around the Zimmerman case? For example, the big lie that Zimmerman got out of his car after being told by police not to do so? That lie remains so widely believed that when I ask for a show of hands in the classes I teach at the FBI Academy of those who believe that lie, most of the class does so without hesitation.

Yep, we’re seeing the same types of misinformation and disinformation in this case. Arbery didn’t steal anything so he can’t have committed burglary. The McMichaels couldn’t have known with certainty that Arbery was a fleeing felon, so they can’t have been justified in pursuing him. Arbery only entered the home unlawfully in order to get a drink of water. All of that, and much more, consists largely of lies, irrelevancies, or the combination of irrelevant lies.

Why all the similarities? Well, is it possible the similarities exist because the same people are behind the apparent propaganda campaign suddenly launched behind this Arbery case a full two months after the events took place (much as the analogous campaign targeting Zimmerman was not launched until weeks after his successful defense against Martin’s attack)?

I’m speaking, of course, of Benjamin Crump, Al Sharpton, their associates, and their willing minions in the media. Same crew, same playbook, same propaganda. They wrote that playbook in Zimmerman, and had so much success they re-deployed it for Michael Brown, for Freddie Gray, and innumerable other revenue-generating opportunities since. And they appear to be similarly engaged once again here.

All of that, of course, is just my personal view of this Ahmaud Arbery case from a 30,000 foot level, but this wouldn’t be a Law of Self Defense authored post if I didn’t include some actual legal analysis, so let’s get to that.

In particular I’d like to share with you two videos I made about the case that focused on the irrelevancy of citizens arrest law to this case. In the first week or two that this case hit the news hard there was much discussion of Georgia’s remarkably broad citizens arrest law, and its possible implications for this case (including in-depth writing on those issues by yours truly).

Professor Banzhaf Press Release: May 15, 2020 [linked to & must read !! at site in scroll document box]

Upon closer inspection, however, it became obvious that citizens arrest law, was likely not at all relevant to this case, at least based on the evidence currently available.

Entertainingly, to my knowledge I was the first legal expert to raise the point that citizens arrest law was likely irrelevant to this case in my video produced and published on Thursday, May 14, 2020. The following day, Professor Jacobson was kind enough to share with me a press release from Professor John Banzhaf of George Washington University School of Law in which he makes a similar point. I covered that press release, and added some of my own further thoughts, in a follow up video I produced an published on Friday, May 15, 2020.

Both of my videos just mentioned are embedded below for your viewing pleasure, as well as Professor Banzhaf’s press release.

I’m not sure how much writing on this Arbury case I’ll be doing here at Legal Insurrection. I’ve been made more than welcome, as usual, for which I’m as always grateful, but I find my time increasingly constrained by other commitments.

Should something big happen with the case I imagine I’ll post about it here. For more modest updates, however, you might consider checking in at my Law of Self Defense Blog, where we’ve set up a dedicated page to aggregate my posts on the Ahmaud Arbery case:

At that link, he covers all the case history, leaked videos etc etc

Until next time, stay safe!


Attorney Andrew F. Branca
Law of Self Defense LLC

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