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Three men charged in Arbery killing

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/24/20, 05:50 pm

Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. face charges including malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment in the killing of a 25-year-old African American man. Prosecutor Joyette Holmes announced the grand jury’s indictment on Wednesday outside the Glynn County, Ga., courthouse.

What does the defense say? Travis McMichael’s attorney said his client intends to plead not guilty. Bryan’s attorney has maintained that his client only witnessed the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Bryan took a video that showed the McMichaels, both white, confronting and shooting Arbery on Feb. 23 in a subdivision near Brunswick, Ga. The McMichaels told police they confronted Arbery because he matched the description of a suspect in a local burglary. Arbery’s relatives said he was jogging when the suspects racially profiled, pursued, and killed him.

Dig deeper: Listen to Trillia Newbell’s reflection on Arbery’s death on The World and Everything In It.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • Fuzzyface
    Posted: Fri, 06/26/2020 09:12 am

    If the perp was described as a black man, is it racial profiling to look for a black man?  If the perp was described as a white man, would it be racial profiling to look for a white man?  It seems that this is what the protesters are trying to say.

  • not silent
    Posted: Fri, 06/26/2020 06:42 pm

    I am probably not the best person to answer this question, and I don't claim to speak for any protestors or anyone else; but I do have some questions about the question.  First of all, I never actually heard a description of the alleged "perp." So I would be curious to hear about any descriptors other than race (I.e., age, height, approximate weight, hair color/style, clothing, gait, tattoos, anything else).  Regardless of race, there would be a huge difference in appearance between an 18-year-old that was six feet tall and 200 lbs and a 50-year-old that was five feet six and 140 pounds.

    Another question I have is this: I have not heard exactly what crimes the alleged "perp" is supposed to have committed ("some robberies" couid by anything from shoplifting to armed robbery).  Since there is no evidence I know of that Mr. Arbery committed a crime at all-and, as far as I know, the defendents aren't claiming that he was the actual perpetrator of any specific crime-why aren't they out looking for the actual perpetrator?  (You would think they would want to catch a suspect if the people looking for him felt the need to carry loaded shotguns.)

    That brings up another question: Why were civilians and not police looking for the suspect if it was necessary to carry a loaded gun during the search?  

    Finally, I have a statement: It seems to me that there is a HUGE difference between "looking for" a suspect who fits a certain description and running someone down who happens to be the same race with a loaded shotgun and then killing them!   The real question, in my mind, is this: Would some white guy jogging in a neighborhood have been followed by two men in a truck carrying loaded shotguns and then shot as a third guy FILMED the whole thing?  Even IF a white guy DID get shot, would anyone accept as an explanation, "He looked like a suspect in some robberies"?