On February 23, 2020, 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was fatally shot while jogging in a
Brunswick, Georgia neighborhood. His assailants, father and son Gregory and Travis
McMichael, have previous ties to the local law enforcement, which makes this case more alarming and has caused complications (in particular with the District Attorney’s office). While the fatal shooting occurred over two months ago, outrage initially grew when video footage of the shooting emerged on social media. At that time, the two suspects had not been arrested. It wasn’t until May 7th, 74 days later, that the two would be arrested and formally charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.
Since their arrest, there have been several developments with the case:
Gregory McMichael, while working as an investigator with the District Attorney’s office, had previously investigated Ahmaud for an incident. However, specific information about that case has yet to be released publicly.
William “Roddie” Bryan, who recorded the video of the shooting, is being investigated for his role in the incident.
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr requested the assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice to review the case, determine whether it should be considered a federal hate crime, and also to investigate prosecutorial misconduct by the offices of the attorney who recused themselves.
Supporters of Ahmaud honored him on his birthday, May 8th, by running or walking 2.23 miles with the hashtags #IRunWithMaud and #RunWithMaud.