Shocking video appears to show the moment when a black man jogging in Georgia was shot dead by a man who claimed he was looking for a burglar suspect – as the victim’s family lawyer says the footage clearly shows a ‘murder.’
Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was killed Febuary 23 in a neighborhood outside the coastal port city of Brunswick. No one has been arrested or charged in the case, prompting an outcry from the local NAACP and others. Arbery was black and the men who chased him are white.
The cellphone video has circulated heavily across social media on the same day as an announcement from a Georgia prosecutor that he wants a grand jury to decide if criminal charges are warranted against the two men.
Arbery can be seen jogging down the street, in the middle of the road as the parked pickup truck waits further up. Gregory and Travis McMichael are believed to be the two men waiting at the vehicle.
The jogger can be seen trying to make his way around the vehicle but a man believed to be Travis blocks his path with a gun.
A shot can be heard and the two can then be seen scuffling as Arbery looks to try to get the gun away from Travis.
Two more shots can be heard and are fired at point-blank range before Arbery is seen stumbling to the ground.
Tom Durden, a Georgia prosecutor assigned to examine the case, declined to comment Tuesday when the prosecutor was asked if he could verify that the video showed the shooting of Arbery.
Durden announced on Tuesday he plans to have a grand jury hear the evidence in the shooting.
The announcement that a grand jury will review the case came as an attorney for Arbery’s mother posted a cellphone video on Twitter that he said shows the shooting. ‘This is murder,’ lawyer Lee Merritt said.
‘Mr. Arbery had not committed any crime and there was no reason for these men to believe they had the right to stop him with weapons or to use deadly force in furtherence of their unlawful attempted stop,’ said a statement by Merritt, who represents Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper.