Black jogger shot by former police officer & son; The horror video finally brings arrests with Christian leaders condemning lynching.
Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was shot dead on February 23, 2020 while jogging in Georgia. A former police officer and his son had followed him and confronted him with shotguns.Arbery family / file
Escalating anger over the murder of a 25-year-old black jogger in Georgia eventually led to the arrest of a former police officer and his son who were caught on camera and shot Ahmaud Arbery while jogging. A large number of Christian pastors and leaders have condemned the murder.
Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael shot Arbery multiple times in the terrible incident in Braunschweig on February 23, 2020. No arrests were made for two and a half months.
Gregory McMichael (64) and his son Travis McMichael (34) had said that Arbery looked like a black man who had probably committed several burglaries in the region in the past few weeks.
The case just started spreading international news last week after family lawyer Lee Merritt shared a witness video of the shootout.
The McMichaels had pursued Arbery after seeing him walking the streets of the city of Brunswick in South Georgia during the day. It seems the two white men tried to block the road in front of Arbery with their Ford pick-up.
The graphic video shows Travis McMichael standing on the street with a shotgun and trying to block Arbery while his father Gregory is in the back of the pick-up and is also carrying a shotgun.
You see Arbery trying to walk around the pick-up and avoid the men. However, when Travis apparently confronts him, the two argue. Muffled shouting and a series of shots can be heard in the video. Arbery then tries to run, but stumbles and falls only seconds later.
Arbery was unarmed, had no stolen items with him, and was already dead when the police arrived at the scene.
The investigation led to no arrests until March and April, and critics condemned developments as a farce as numerous prosecutors apologized for conflicting interests with the parties under investigation.
The first prosecutor, Jackie Johnson, of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, returned because one of the suspects, Gregory McMichael, had previously worked in her office.
George E. Barnhill, the District Attorney in Waycross, Georgia, was subsequently brought to the case. He wrote to the Glynn County Police Department that "arrests were not justified because the men acted under Georgian civil arrest and self-defense laws."
After that, however, he apologized again, indicating that he also had a conflict of interest in the case.
Since the terrible video of the incident was released on Tuesday, numerous Christian leaders have come forward to condemn the murder.
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Freedom Commission, said in a statement: "According to a Christian vision of justice, there is no situation in which the murder of a person can be morally correct or justified for a person, which is persecuted and shot by private individuals. "
Moore wrote: "Jesus said:" Nothing is covered up that is not revealed or hidden, what is not known "(Luke 12: 2). Whatever is governed in this case, we know that Blood pouring out of the ground cries out questions of violence and bloodshed. And God sees and knows. It is a word of promise for those who are tired of seeing justice. It is a word of warning for those who care Would avert eyes. "
In another comment, David Dispatch editor of The Dispatch compared the history of the American lynchings. He wrote, "Your vigilante justice is less like the exploits of armed citizens who comply with the law, and more like an ancient group imposing a hideous form of street justice on a young, unarmed black man."
He added, "It is also worth noting that the long and wicked history of American lynchings contains innumerable examples of young black men hunted and killed by white gangs who claimed their victims had committed crimes.
"Although we don't yet know all the details about the McMichaels 'motives, their actions speak loudly enough. When white men grab and mount weapons to pursue and capture an unarmed black man on the street, they are in Lynch Mobs' shoes past. "
Christian spokeswoman and author Christine Caine simply wrote on her Twitter: "This is so wrong. It is disgusting. #AhmaudArbery."