Supporters of the Georgia NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) wearing protective masks protest after the death in February of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed young black man shot after being chased by a white former law enforcement officer and his son, at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia, U.S., May 8, 2020. REUTERS/Dustin Chambers TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

The fatal February shooting of Ahmaud Arbery has resulted in widespread public outrage after a graphic video surfaced of the confrontation. Two men, retired police officer Gregory and his son Travis McMichael, were arrested May 7 on murder and aggravated assault charges after the incident gained viral attention. The delayed arrest drew national attention to the Glynn County Police Department and the small Georgia town for allegations of racism and cronyism

According to the police report, Gregory and Travis McMichael claimed that Arbery matched the description of someone caught on a security camera committing a recent burglary in the neighborhood. However, video surveillance recorded minutes before Arbery’s death indicates Ahmaud was not involved in a crime, according to Arbery’s family lawyers.

In a statement, The U.S. Department of Justice said it is “assessing all evidence” in considering the possibility of federal hate crime charges in the case of Ahmaud Arbery. In addition, the department is considering a request from Georgia’s attorney general, who called for a  federal investigation into the handling of the Arbery case. The request to the U.S. Department of Justice includes an investigation into how local officials responded to the killing. 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Georgia AG asks feds to investigate Brunswick area shooting probe – Atlanta Journal Constitution – 5/11/2020
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr has asked the Department of Justice to investigate the investigation into Ahmaud Arbery’s death. Civil rights groups across the nation have been calling for a federal probe ever since graphic video depicting the fatal shooting of Arbery, 25, was posted online Tuesday morning.

Ahmaud Arbery’s mother says Georgia officials would have ‘covered up’ son’s murder – Fox News – 5/11/2020
The mother of Ahmaud Arbery, the young black man whose February shooting death in Georgia has sparked controversy across the country, told Fox News on Monday she never imagined her son’s life would be taken because of the color of his skin — or that anyone in power would try to cover it up.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Describes Ahmaud Arbery Killing As A ‘Lynching’ – BET – 5/12/2020
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has joined other political figures, celebrities, and activists on the outraged felt after a video surfaced showing Amhaud Arberry being followed, confronted and then shot by two white men as he jogged through his Brunswick, Ga., neighborhood. However, the mayor is one of the first public figures to go as far as describing the encounter as a “lynching.”

Georgia Attorney General Names New Prosecutor In Ahmaud Arbery Case – NPR – 5/11/2020
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr on Monday tapped a new lead prosecutor in the murder case of Ahmaud Arbery — the fourth since the young black man was killed in February while jogging in Glynn County, Ga.

What the Discussion Over the Ahmaud Arbery Shooting Should Actually Be Focused On – Townhall – 5/11/2020
The tragic back road shooting of an unarmed black man by a former white police officer and his shotgun-wielding son in Brunswick, Georgia, has given the left a narrative they’re all too happy to run with, especially since blatant examples have been few and far between of late.

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

Candace Owens on Twitter, 5/9/2020: We went from “just a jogger” to “just a trespasser” real quick. That’s because a lie makes it way around the world before the truth gets out of bed. Our media is despicable.

Kamala Harris on Twitter, 5/11/2020: I’m calling for an independent federal investigation into Ahmaud Arbery’s killing. The video was a sickening display of the killing of an unarmed Black man in broad daylight. His family deserves justice. #JusticeForAhmaud

Matt Dawson on Twitter, 5/11/2020: Heard a cop tell women once, if someone tries to get you in a car by force, fight for your life because 9 out of 10 times you’ll end up dead if you get in that car. How is Ahmaud Abery fighting back any different? Two armed men?! I’d fight too!

S. Lee Merritt, Esq. on Twitter, 5/11/2020: The family of #AhmaudArbery is extremely grateful to be joined by Jay-Z/@rocnation @aliciakeys @YoGotti @meekmill in our demands for 1. A special prosecutor 2. A DOJ Investigation 3. The arrest of the 3rd suspect & 4. A vigorous prosecution do ALL parties #justiceforahmaud.

The Great Deplorable Henry on Twitter, 5/11/2020:
Ahmaud Abery shot and killed by white vigilanties.
Media: All southern straight white males are racists!
Whites shot and killed by blacks in Chicago, NYC, etc…
Media: (Yawn)

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