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Father, son arrested in racially charged Georgia case

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 5/08/20, 12:03 pm

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Thursday charged 64-year-old Gregory McMichael and his 34-year-old son Travis McMichael with murder in the Feb. 23 shooting death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. The McMichaels, who are white, told police they confronted Arbery, an African American, because he matched the description of a suspect in a local burglary. They claimed Arbery attacked them and they were defending themselves. Arbery’s relatives said he was out for a jog when the suspects racially profiled, pursued, and killed him.

Why the time lag from shooting to arrest? The Waycross, Ga., district attorney who handled the case initially advised police the McMichaels acted in self-defense and within the law for making a citizen’s arrest. That prosecutor later recused himself from the case. Gregory McMichael has ties throughout local law enforcement because he worked for years as an investigator for the Glynn County district attorney’s office and was a police officer before that. The third prosecutor on the case, Tom Durden of Liberty County, Ga., requested the GBI examine the evidence on Tuesday, the same day a video of the shooting surfaced. A neighbor in a different vehicle who joined the McMichaels in their pursuit of Arbery took the video. Attorneys for Arbery’s family said they want the third man charged as an accessory to the crime. Durden still plans to present the evidence to a grand jury.

Dig deeper: Read Mickey McLean’s report in The Sift about the release of the video and what it showed.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • JDC
    Posted: Sat, 05/09/2020 03:41 pm

    The good-ole-boys making a citizen’s arrest? Yeah, right.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sat, 05/09/2020 04:49 pm

    "Well yes they are white so they must be guilty. We want justice let us hang the white guy!" 

    Of course I say that tongue in cheek but the truth is that we should have a fair trial and let justice roll down. The black man  was just out for a run so they had better have a good reason for killing a man running alongside the street! It is hard to imagine a justifiable reason but a fair trial will bring to light what happened and let us pray that real justice is handed down. Let us also pray this doesn't become a tool of the left to create racial division to win elections. 

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Sat, 05/09/2020 09:33 pm

    "...create a racial division"? I believe that writer missed the point. The whole reason why no one was even arrested for over two months is because the racial division already exists and has existed in parts of this country for 300 years.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 05/11/2020 06:15 pm

    300 years?  I suspect racial division is as old as humanity. It was certainly evident when the first Europeans made contact with the Native inhabitants of this continent.  And it's hardly limited to "parts of this country."  


    Posted: Sun, 05/10/2020 09:47 pm

    My heart grieves for all involved. The ham handed delayed reaction of the local DA office? Inexcusable.

    The video needs to be analyzed frame by frame. And from what I read, the man who did the video actually thought it would somehow HELP the two accused killers.

    I hope they get a fair trial. Hopefully at a venue far from Brunswick. If all the elements of the offense are proven BRD then let them be executed.

    Ain't it funny how liberal anti Capital Punishment folks sorta clam up with the alleged perps are evil southern white men? 

    Give the father and son a hangman's necktie if the law requires it.