The family of Georgia resident Ahmaud Arbery (a Blackman) must feel as if they are living in a nightmare. On a Sunday afternoon in February 2020, the nightmare began. Ahmaud-25 who was known to keep himself physically fit decided to go for a run in a Georgia suburb near his home. Ahmaud unfortunately never returned home from his run.
Gregory McMichael-64 and his son, Travis McMichael-34 (both white men), grabbed their weapons, a 357 handgun and a rifle and went in pursuit of Ahmaud as he was jogging. The two men jumped out of the truck with their weapons and demand that Ahmaud stops to answer questions. At this point, it then becomes unclear as to what happened. Some reports indicated Ahmaud and Travis were involved in a physical altercation when he and his father approached Ahmaud, while yet another police report indicates Ahnaud became aggressive for no reason.
What we do know is that when the smoke cleared Ahmaud lay dead from two guns shot wounds. McMichael who has been known to work with the local district attorney stated that he and his son pursued Ahmaud as he fit the description of a home burglar that had been plaguing the neighborhood. As of April 29, 2020, no has been arrest nor has any charges been issued in this case. The two alleged shooters remains free and it appears they may not be brought up on any charges for the death of Ahmaud as the prosecutor’s office in Brunswick, Georgia where the shooting death occurred have cited that McMichael and his son was within the rights to shoot Ahmaud under Georgia’s citizen arrest statue.To make matters worst the family of Ahmaud had to request that the local DAGeorge Barnhill (who has worked with Gregory McMichael) recuse himself due to a conflict in interest. Barnhill has finally stepped aside but not before having the case moved to another county and writing a letter to the local police stating Ahmaud had a criminal past for shoplifting and probation violation in 2018.It still has not been determined if the case will be brought before the grand jury to date.
The family of Ahmaud is very concerned that due to the COVID 19 pandemic this case will be like many that occur in this southern community it will go unnoticed. Ahmaud’s mother has stated she does not believe her son committed any crime that day but wonders why this incident was not handled by the police and did it warrant her son to be chased down by armed neighbors.