A shocking video of two white men shooting the unarmed black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia was released to the press by a close friend of the attackers who believed it would eliminate them from any crime.
Prosecutor Alan Tucker told Inside Edition Friday that he was responsible for the video, which showed his friends Gregory and Travis McMichael engaged in a fatal argument with Arbery in Brunswick on February 23.
“I really thought that posting the video would reveal the truth to the public,” said Tucker.
‘If he [Arbery] had just frozen and had done nothing, so he wouldn’t have been shot.
However, after the video was uploaded to the Internet on Tuesday, it quickly went viral and sparked outrage nationwide. Presidential presidential candidate Joe Biden said he was showing the McMichaels killing Aubrey “in cold blood.”
The father and son were later arrested on Thursday and are now charged with murder and aggravated assault.
Lawyer Alan Tucker (left photo) told Inside Edition on Friday that he was responsible for the dissemination of images showing his friends Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael engaged in a fatal argument with Ahmaud Arbery on February 23.
Gregory (left) and Travis McMichael (right) were both charged with murder and aggravated assault in the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery on February 23.
The McWilliams claim that Arbery was a robbery suspect, and they followed him in their van before trying to arrest a citizen.
But on Friday, a local police official told CNN that there had been no burglary in the neighborhood for nearly two months before the fatal shooting.
Abery was shot on February 23. The latest robbery in Brunswick was reported on January 1, when a 9mm pistol was stolen from an unlocked vehicle outside the McMichaels’ home.
Meanwhile, CNN also reported on Friday that the owner of a house near the Arbery shooting scene said that his surveillance system captured a man who appeared to be Arbery “entering his property”.
Arbery’s family lawyer Lee Merritt told CNN the incident would be classified as “maximum trespass”.
Merritt was also forced to repel reports that Arbery had been charged with bringing a gun to a high school basketball game in 2013, and that he had been arrested for shoplifting in 2018.
“Arbery’s alleged conduct in high school or shoplifting is absurd and has nothing to do with his murder,” said Merritt.
Arbery’s death sparked nationwide outrage. A rally for the killed jogger was held on Friday – the day he would have celebrated his 26th birthday
Ex-cop Gregory McMichael, 64, and son Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested Thursday in Brunswick, Georgia, and charged with murder and aggravated assault against Ahmaud Arbery after the publication of this shocking video earlier this week
While Gregory and Travis McMichael were charged on Thursday, many Americans were outraged as to why it took more than two months for them to be arrested.
However, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Brunswick district attorney, Jackie Johnson, prevented the police from arresting them because she was friends with Gregory McMichael.
Brunswick DA Jackie Johnson prevented police from arresting father and son accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery because one of them worked in his office
McMichael, a former cop, had worked as an investigator in Johnson’s office until his retirement in 2019, which led to Johnson recusing himself from the case a few days after the shooting.
“She closed them to protect her friend McMichael,” Glynn County commissioner Allen Booker told the Atlanta Journal Constition.
“They were told not to arrest,” said Commissioner Peter Murphy, who said he also spoke directly to Glynn County police about the incident and that the police said there was had a probable cause of arrest before that.
DailyMail.com contacted the prosecutor’s office to comment, but no representative was available.
The Arbery family was informed in February that Ahmaud had been shot dead by an owner in a burglary attempt, their lawyer Lee Merritt told Yahoo.
It was only after the leak of the video recorded by Bryan and the outrage that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations got involved and that arrests were made.
“He was my little boy I had on Mother’s Day in 1994. He was the caretaker of his sister and brother … his mind was good. It was a type of type yes madam and no madam ‘: Arbery is represented on the right with his mother Wanda Jones
Speaking on Fox on Friday, President Trump said the images were “very disturbing.”
He also said that there may have been more things that had not been seen by the camera.
“I looked at a photo of this young man. He was in a tuxedo… I will say he looks like a very good young man, ”said Trump.
“There could have been things we hadn’t seen on tape – on tape and then on tape – but it was certainly disturbing for anyone watching them. It was a disturbing video.
“My heart goes out to parents and families and friends,” he added while saying he thought Georgia governor Brian Kemp would “investigate” the matter.
” [Brian Kemp] will do what is right. It’s a heartbreaking thing. It was very rough, rough things.
“The justice that is done is the thing that solves the [racial problem]. Again, it’s in the hands of the governor and I’m sure he will do the right thing. It could be something we haven’t seen on tape. If you saw, things turned to tape, then to tape.
CALENDAR OF HANDLING THE BIT OF THE CASE
February 23: Ahmaud Arbery is gunned down on the street in Brunswick, Georgia.
Gregory and Travis McMichael had gone out in their cars with guns to chase after him because they had mistaken him for a burglar.
When they caught him, Travis got out of the car.
Jackie Johnson recused herself because McMichael worked in her office
Greg says they told Arbery they wanted to talk to him and that he attacked Travis. A fight ensues and Travis shoots twice with his pistol, killing Ahmaud, 25.
End of February – First prosecutor recused
Jackie Johnson, the Brunswick district attorney, resigned from the case because Gregory worked in his office as an investigator.
Mid-April – Second prosecutor says he won’t file a complaint, then recuses himself
George Barnhill said Ahmaud started the fight
George Barnhill received the case.
He first said that he did not think it warranted charges because the McMichaels were acting legally trying to arrest by a citizen, which is legal in Georgia.
He also said the video “shows” Arbery reaching for Travis’ weapon. “
Barnhill recused himself because his son, also called George Barnhill, works in the office where McMichael
The first shot is however fired when the pair is out of frame.
When the camera paned, they struggled again on the side of the vehicle.
Barnhill said Travis was standing by firing three shots that hit Arbery.
He later had to recuse himself after it appeared that his son worked at the Brunswick District Attorney’s office, where Gregory served.
May 5 – Third Prosecutor Sends It To Grand Jury
Tom Durden is the third prosecutor to see the case on his desk.
He said his office would approach it without prejudice.
This week, he announced that he would not make a decision on the charge or not, and that he wished to convene a grand jury to deal with it.
May 7 – Georgia Bureau of Investigation files complaint
The GBI has announced that it will file a murder and aggravated assault complaint against Grégoire and Travis on May 7.
People react at a Friday morning rally outside the Brunswick, Georgia, courthouse to protest the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man who is said to be his 26th birthday
Arbery’s family held a dedicated distance race on Friday, which would have been their 26th birthday, when protesters also gathered in Brunswick.
A crowd of several hundred people, most wearing masks, sang “Happy Birthday” in his honor outside the Glynn County Courthouse. Many have expressed frustration with the long wait before arrest and fear that the justice system will cause them to fail.
“The work is just beginning,” said John Perry, president of the Brunswick NAACP Chapter, to the crowd. “We can’t stop now. We cannot lose sight of our objective and we must ensure that the prosecutions are completed. “
He came as Arbery’s older sister Jasmine told CNN that she was relieved by the long-awaited arrest of the men believed to be responsible for the death of her brother.
“We feel a sense of relief,” Jasmine told Cuomo Prime Time on Thursday evening. “It’s been a long time, it looks like it’s been a long time.” This day was therefore a turning point to recover my brother’s case and obtain justice for him. We are therefore relieved and happy.
“I think it was a hate crime,” his sister Jasmine told CNN. “There was one black and three whites.
“This whole situation was insane. It could have been avoided.
At 7:50 p.m. Thursday, a convoy of four Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) vehicles stopped in front of Gregory and Travis McMichael’s home to incarcerate the men for murder and aggravated assault.
A dozen GBI officers equipped with bullet-proof vests and assault rifles descended on the $ 280,000 property of McMichaels’ two chambers in the suburbs of Brunswick to execute the arrest warrants on Thursday.
Lawyer S. Lee Merritt, who represents Arbery’s parents, told DailyMail.com: “It’s a huge, huge step, but it’s only the first step on a very long road to justice. . ”
The officers entered the house just before 8 p.m. and left a few minutes later with Gregory McMichael handcuffed.
Dressed in a scruffy black shirt, cap and jeans, the retired policeman looked straight ahead and ignored questions from DailyMail.com while in a police car.
Travis emerged a few moments later without a fight, wearing a plaid shirt, cap and jeans.
He said nothing when he was taken to a handcuffed vehicle.
Lawyer Merritt told DailyMail.com that they were not notified in advance of the dramatic arrests on Thursday evening.
The agents entered the house just before 8 p.m. and came out a few minutes later with Gregory, 64, handcuffed.
Dressed in a black shirt, cap and scruffy jeans, Gregory looked straight ahead and ignored questions from DailyMail.com while in a police car
Travis said nothing while driving a handcuffed law enforcement vehicle
A dozen GBI officers equipped with bullet-proof vests and assault rifles descended on the two-bedroom property of the McMichaels in the suburbs of Brunswick to execute the arrest warrants on Thursday evening
A bunch of flowers and other souvenirs are seen at the site where Arbery was killed Thursday evening
Joe Biden and celebrities including LeBron James, Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner demand justice for Ahmaud Arbery
The death of Ahmaud Arbery drew the attention of the presidential democratic candidate, Joe Biden, who sent a tweet describing Arbery’s death as “murder”.
“The video is clear: Ahmaud Arbery was killed in cold blood,” Biden tweeted Tuesday evening with a link to a recommendation from the Georgia district attorney that a grand jury hear the case.
“My heart goes out to his family, who deserves justice and deserves it now,” the alleged Democratic candidate continued in his Twitter post. “It is time for a quick, complete and transparent investigation into his murder. “
Former Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Beto O’Rourke also tweeted for justice – saying the attack was racially motivated.
Celebrities like LeBron James, Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner have also published articles on the case.
LA Laker star James tweeted a passionate message to his 45 million Twitter followers that blacks are profiled on the color of their skin.
“We are literally hunted EVERY DAY / EVERY DAY, we come out of the comfort of our homes! he wrote.
“I can’t even go for a fucking jog!” Like the WTF man, are you kidding?!?!?!?!?! ?? No man fr YOU ARE BLOCKING ME !!!!! I’m sorry Ahmaud (Rest In Paradise) and my prayers and blessings sent to heaven above your family ‘.
Rosanna Arquette suggested that the McMichaels be charged with murder for their “heinous racist heinous crime”.
Serena Williams also shared a series of posts on her Instagram stories, making it clear that she believed race was the cause of death.
“My crime? BE BLACK, “she wrote, taking Arbery’s voice.