Video Shows Fatal Shooting of Black Jogger in Georgia
- May, 06, 2020 - 17:16
- World news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Video has surfaced of a young African American man being chased down and killed while his family says he was just out jogging.
The cellphone video captures the final moments of Ahmaud Arbery's life while he was jogging through the Brunswick neighborhood, Georgia, in February.
Arbery was confronted by Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis, who shot Arbery twice with a shotgun before the 25-year-old collapsed and died.
"The mere fact that this video exists, but you haven't seen it — what do you hope this video proves?" CBS News asked Arbery's mother, Wanda Jones.
According to the only witness in the police report, McMichael told investigators he thought Arbery was a burglary suspect and ordered him to stop. McMichael said Arbery "violently" attacked his son, and the two fought "over the shotgun" before Travis shot him twice. At the time, no charges were filed.
Attorney Lee Merritt represents Arbery's family. "With this video now out, these guys should be arrested now," Merritt said.
McMichael is a former law enforcement officer who used to work for the local district attorney. Due to conflicts of interest, the case is now on its third prosecutor, who said he will ask a grand jury to bring charges.
"I'm hoping that all involved, they're indicted and they go to jail," said Jones.
CBS News reached out to the McMichaels, but they did not want to talk.
The wheels of justice are moving slowly because of the coronavirus. Tom Durden, the district attorney of the Atlantic Judicial Circuit, said he will present the case to a grand jury for possible charges — once a grand jury can convene.