Justice Minister to investigate death of Ahmaud Arbery as hate crime, family lawyers say

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The United States Department of Justice is launching an investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed black man in Georgia as a hate crime, according to lawyers for the victim’s family. Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was shot dead by two white men jogging in his neighborhood on February 23. Three arrests were made this month after a video of the violent encounter was released.

Lawyers for Arbery’s family said US prosecutor in the South Georgia district, Bobby Christine, and his office would investigate why the County of Glynn and the state of Georgia took more than two months to arrest and if the region had historically violated the rights of its citizens. The US prosecutor has said he plans to file criminal and civil complaints.

William Bryan, who recorded Arbery’s murder from his car, was arrested and charged with murder crime and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. His images show that Gregory McMichael, 64, and his 34-year-old son, Travis, confront Arbery before shooting him.

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