25 years old Mr Ahmaud Arbery was jogging in February when he was confronted by two Racist men; Gregory McMichael, aged 64, and Travis McMichael, aged 34. Both of them being father and son. They fatally shot Mr Arbery and were almost going Scott free of the crime but for the intervention of a media outrage.
Ahmaud Arbery was out running in the coastal city of Brunswick early in the afternoon of 23 February. Gregory McMichael told police he saw Mr Arbery and believed he resembled the suspect in a series of local break-ins.
Mr McMichael and his son armed themselves with a pistol and a shotgun and pursued Mr Arbery in a pick-up truck. Gregory McMichael told police he and his son said; “stop, stop, we want to talk to you” and claims Mr Arbery then attacked his son.
Video footage of the incident appears to show Travis McMichael firing a shotgun at point blank range at Mr Arbery and the victim falling to the street, in the Satilla Shores neighbourhood.
For more than two months, police did not charge the McMichaels, who are white, until the shooting gained widespread attention in the national media and provoked outrage.
The McMichaels were detained on Thursday by the state bureau of investigation.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced late on Thursday that both men had been taken into custody. The bureau said the father and son followed Mr Arbery and confronted him with two firearms, and the younger McMichael shot and killed him.
The family lawyer, Benjamin Crump, said the footage showed a “horrific execution”. The attorney also claimed Gregory McMichael was not initially charged because he had worked as a police officer and a detective for the local district attorney for more than 30 years.
Justice For Ahmaud Arbery
The shooting has led to a wave of outrage from national figures, including presidential candidate Joe Biden and basketball star LeBron James. Mr Biden said Mr Arbery had been “shot down in cold blood” and “essentially lynched before our very eyes”.
“This family and the country deserves justice and they deserve it now. They deserve a transparent investigation of this brutal murder. But our nation deserves it as well. We need to reckon with this, this goes on. These vicious acts call to mind the darkest chapters of our history,” Mr Biden said