Staff writer – BRUNSWICK, GA – USA
The family of Ahmaud is seeking justice for his murder but the challenge will be finding jurists that haven’t seen or heard about the widely publicized horrendous killing.
One of the family members stated that the three white men acted as the judge, jury and executioner.
Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year old Black man was jogging in a Brunswick neighborhood on February, 23, 2020 when three white men allegedly attacked him and shot him dead.
Some residents where the incident took place had grown suspicious of Ahmaud, whom they had spotted around the neighborhood and thought he could have been the perpetrator of recent break-ins.
On that fateful day on one of his regular jogs; he was seen entering a new home construction site.
Two white men started chasing Ahmaud, i.e. Travis McMichael followed by his father, Gregory and a third white man, William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. was video recording the entire incident.
One of the defendants Travis McMichael called 911 to report there was a guy in a house under construction.
“There he goes right now,” he says on the recording. “Running down the street. ”The dispatcher said she would send police but asked “I just need to know what he was doing wrong?”
A second 911 call was made by Travis’ father, Gregory McMichael, also a defendant. “There’s a Black male running down the street,” he said. Then he yelled “Stop! Dammit stop! Travis!”
Shortly gun shots are heard via a video leaked that was not supposed to ever be seen or heard by the public.
What got many people ruffled and outraged was learning that the three men had been free for 3 months since the killing as a result of what seemed a concocted plan to hid and change the narrative of the incident with the aid of the District Attorney (DA), Jackie Johnson’s office which refused the Glynn County Police Department to make arrests immediately after the shooting death of Mr. Arbery.
*The United States has a jury system, different than that which is used in most of the world – judges judge but in the US, a jury of one’s peers renders judgment upon the merits of the case.
A judge’s role is to oversee the case proceedings, apply applicable rules per the laws and pronounce sentencing as prescribed by the law after the jury renders judgment.
JURY – a small group of people (typically less than 20) are sworn to give a verdict in a legal case on the basis of evidence submitted to them in court.