Ahmaud Arbery's Alleged Killers Are Now Facing Federal Hate Crime Charges | 22 Words

More than a year after the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, his alleged killers are finally being brought to justice.

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The men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery will now face federal hate crime charges...

In the shooting that sparked protests against police brutality towards Black Americans.

Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead in Brunswick last February while he was jogging through the Satilla Shores neighborhood.

via: The Arbery family

The twenty-five-year-old Black man was unarmed and out jogging when he was shot by 2 white men who claimed they thought he was a burglar.

Cellphone footage showing the moment he was shot has prompted national outrage since it surfaced online...

via: Twitter

The twenty-eight-second video shows Arbery jogging around a neighborhood on a sunny afternoon in late February 2020. The footage ends with 2 loud gunshots.

After the video circulated on social media...

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A large crowd of protesters marched through the area where Arbery was killed.

Arbery's parents, Wanda Jones Cooper and Marcus Arbery Sr, spoke at a press conference after the footage was released.

"If my son killed the McMichael's son, he would have been arrested on the spot," Marcus Arbery said.

Marcus said his son, who was an aspiring boxer, was athletic and known for taking daily jogs around the neighborhood.

"He took his body very seriously, always ran and had pride in everything he did," he said. "It cuts me deeply how his life was taken. I would have preferred them to come and take my life instead."

Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested on May 8 2020 for his murder.

Following the GBI’s announcement of the arrests, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr released a statement, saying, “This tragedy cannot be undone, but this is the first step in what I am confident will be a swift road to justice." According to ABC, they told police they grabbed their guns and hopped in their truck to pursue Arbery after seeing him running in their neighborhood, believing he was responsible for several recent burglaries.

The father claimed his son got out of the truck holding a shotgun and was attacked by Arbery, as per the police report obtained by ABC News.

The 2 men tussled over the gun before Arbery was shot, as seen in the video, which was allegedly taken by a bystander.

Arbery was pronounced dead at the scene by the Glynn County coroner.

via: Twitter

No weapons were found on him, according to the police report.

Cooper-Jones described her son as humble, kind, well-mannered, and beloved by his family and friends.

"Ahmaud didn't deserve to go the way that he went," she said.

Since the original footage emerged...

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People were quick to point out that if it wasn't for the footage, nothing would have been done about Arbery's killing.

Additional footage quickly emerged...

And it showed Arbery walking in an empty construction site.

Some people decided to use this footage, and his past, as a way of justifying his killing.

"It doesn't matter if he broke into a construction site. It doesn't matter if he wandered in by accident. It doesn't matter if he had a right to be there. Two at-best vigilantes, at-worst lynchers do not have a right to pursue and kill another man in cold blood. #AhmaudArbery," wrote one user.  "Why must we always assume that the Black Man is the criminal in cases such as that of Ahmaud Arbery and why do people go to such lengths to prove it? #ahmaudarbery," wrote another. 

And of course...

Many people pointed out how a video of his killing had to surface online for anything to be done about his death.

There was a loud call for justice...

And celebrities and politicians including Joe Biden, LeBron James, LL Cool J, and Kim Kardashian West were among those who spoke out at the time.

LeBron James expressed his outrage.

"We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man!"

Actress, Viola Davis, provided a call to action.

"Stand with us and demand that Ahmaud’s murders are charged in his death. They are not immune from prosecution and should be tried for murder."

Countless celebrities have weighed in.

Phillipa Soo took to Twitter to express how tired and angry she is.

Just over a week after the arrests were made...

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Arbery's mother spoke out about her son's murder.

Wanda Cooper-Jones spoke to TMZ.

And during the interview, she said would like prosecutors to seek death penalty sentences for Travis and Gregory McMichael. "Coming from my point of view, my son died, so they should die as well," she said.

She continued:

"I would like for all hands that were involved, that played a part in my son's murder, to be prosecuted to the highest."

And, at the end of May last year, another arrest was made.

William "Roddie" Bryan, the man who recorded the video of Ahmaud Arbery's killing, became the third suspect to be arrested for the young man's murder.

William claimed he was simply a witness to the killing and had zero involvement.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced the arrest, saying he was hit with charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

And, this week, news has broken that each of the 3 suspects has been charged with 1 count of interference with rights and attempted kidnapping, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

This holds the men accountable for interfering with Arbery's right to use a public street just because of his skin color.

Additionally, the 2 McMichaels will face 1 count each of carrying and brandishing a firearm...

The McMichaels and Bryan will also face the state charges of aggravated assault and murder that they were charged with last May.

This is a small victory for such a harrowing crime...

Rest in Peace, Ahmaud Arbery. Say his name.