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Who was Ahmaud Arbery?

Ahmaud Arbery was a 25-year old African American man who was shot and killed while jogging in Brunswick, Georgia. Arbery had been pursued by three armed white men who believed he was fleeing from a burglary.

Along with the killings of other unarmed Black citizens by current and former law enforcement officers in 2020, Arbery’s death resulted in widespread protests in the United States and around the world.

Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

African-American man Ahmaud Marquez Arbery of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, United States lost his life in the afternoon of February 23, 2020. That day, he was jogging on Holmes Road just before entering its intersection with Satilla Drive in the Satilla Shores, a suburban subdivision near his home on the outskirts of Brunswick.

Killing of Ahmaud Arbery
Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

Three break-ins or thefts were reported in that area from December 2019 to January 2020. Arbery was spotted by two white men namely Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, who jumped into their white pickup truck and chased the African-American man.

Armed with a shotgun, Travis ambushed Arbery and shot him three times while Gregory, who was armed with a .357 Magnum revolver, stood nearby in the truck bed. On May 7, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation detained Gregory and Travis and charged them with felony murder and aggravated assault.

Gregory worked as a Glynn County Police Department officer from 1982 to 1989 and as an investigator for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office from 1995 to May 2019. Travis runs a company that gives custom boat tours.

According to Gregory, Arbery resembled the suspect in a series of break-ins in the Satilla Shores neighborhood. The former cop informed his son and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., 50, before pursuing the African-American man.

Bryan recorded the fatal shooting of Arbery using a cellphone from his vehicle. On May 21, 2020, the neighbor of the McMichaels was arrested and charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

“They were profiling him, saying he’s a burglar,” NBC News quoted civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, who is representing Arbery’s family, as saying. “The only thing they knew was that he was a young black man.”

Ahmaud Arbery Biography, Wiki

On February 23, 2020, Arbery was jogging in Brunswick’s Satilla Shores neighborhood. A residential security camera shows he briefly entered a house that was under construction before continuing to jog down the road. He did not take anything from the house. Gregory McMichael and his adult son, Travis, residents of the neighborhood who suspected the jogger might be responsible for a recent burglary in the area, armed themselves, got into a pickup, and began pursuing Arbery. They were joined by another man, William Bryan, who followed in a separate vehicle and recorded the pursuit on his phone.

The McMichaels overtook Arbery, shouted they wanted to talk with him, and Travis got out of the pickup holding the shotgun. Arbery attempted to avoid his pursuers but was directly confronted by Travis. A struggle ensued, during which McMichael fired the shotgun three times. Arbery was struck in the chest and arm, and he died at the scene.

Ahmaud Arbery Biography
Ahmaud Arbery

In the investigation that followed, District Attorney George Barnhill determined there was no cause to arrest the individuals involved. He stated that under state law the McMichaels had brandished their firearms legally and were within their rights to pursue an individual who they believed had been involved in criminal activity. Barnhill also found the use of deadly force was justified, as McMichael claimed to have been defending himself from what he described as an attack by Arbery.

Ten weeks later, the video of the incident recorded by Bryan was posted online. To many observers, including members of Arbery’s family, the footage revealed the McMichaels to have been the aggressors who instigated the confrontation, with Arbery fighting back in self-defense. Bryan also informed investigators that Travis McMichael had used a racial epithet while standing over Arbery’s dead body.

The revelations led to nationwide protests. On May 8, what would have been Arbery’s 26th birthday, supporters around the country paid tribute to him by jogging 2.23 miles, a reference to the date he was killed. In June 2020, motivated by Arbery’s killing, Georgia enacted new hate crimes laws.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation reopened the case in response to public outrage over the video. In May 2020, more than ten weeks after the incident, agents arrested the McMichaels and Bryan, charging all three with felony murder, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment.

Ahmaud Arbery verdict

The three white men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery have been found guilty of murder following his 2020 shooting death in south Georgia, which led to a wave of racial justice protest and a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in the US.

Travis McMichael, his father, Greg McMichael, and their neighbour William “Roddie” Bryan were each convicted for murdering Arbery, who was unarmed, after pursuing him in February last year and claiming, without evidence, he had been involved in a spate of burglaries in their neighborhood.

On Wednesday the jury returned unanimous decisions, convicting Travis McMichael, who opened fire on Arbery three times with a pump action shotgun, on all nine counts, including charges of malice and felony murder.

Greg McMichael, who carried a magnum revolver but did not open fire, was convicted on eight of the nine counts including felony murder. Bryan, who pursued Arbery in a separate vehicle and said he was not carrying a firearm, was convicted on six of nine counts, also including the charge of felony murder.

Some Interesting Facts About Ahmaud Arbery

  • Ahmaud Arbery is Marcus Arbery and Wanda Cooper Jones‘ son.
  • He loved to run.
  • He dreamed of playing in the National Football League but he was only 5’10” so he was not tall enough for the pros.
  • In 2012, he graduated from Brunswick High School, where he was a football standout as a linebacker.
  • While studying in Brunswick High School, he was hired by Blue Beacon Truck Wash manager Jerry Wilson.
  • He started started classes at South Georgia Technical College in fall 2012 to pursue a career as an electrician but quit in spring 2013.
  • On December 3, 2013, he attempted to enter the basketball game between Brunswick High School and Glynn Academy at the Brunswick High School gym with a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun tucked in the waistband of his pants, The Brunwick News reported. He was charged with weapons possession at a school and obstructing an officer.
  • On November 7, 2017, GCPD officer Michael Kanago attempted to use a Taser on him after questioning why he was sitting alone in 2001 gold Toyota Camry in Townsend Park in Brunswick and was suspected of marijuana possession, which was detailed in a police record.
  • In December 2017, he was convicted of shoplifting a television from a Brunswick Walmart.
  • In early 2018, the shoplifting charge prompted an investigation into his probation status by the Glynn County District Attorney’s office, which led to the revocation of his probation. The investigation was led by Gregory.
  • He was recorded by security cameras stopping by a house under construction in Satilla Shores, which was owned by Larry English, but neither stole anything from the construction site nor caused damage to the property, his family’s legal team told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • Wearing a bandanna, a white T-shirt, khaki shorts and grey athletic Nike sneakers, he did not have drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his death. An autopsy report showed that he had two gunshot wounds in his chest.
  • He died at the age of 25.

Ahmaud Arbery FAQ’s

Who was Ahmaud Arbery?

Ahmaud Arbery was a 25-year old African American man who was shot and killed while jogging in Brunswick, Georgia. Arbery had been pursued by three armed white men who believed he was fleeing from a burglary.

How old was Ahmaud Arbery?

Ahmaud Arbery dies at age of 25.

How did Ahmaud Arbery die?

African-American man Ahmaud Marquez Arbery of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, United States lost his life in the afternoon of February 23, 2020. That day, he was jogging on Holmes Road just before entering its intersection with Satilla Drive in the Satilla Shores, a suburban subdivision near his home on the outskirts of Brunswick.

Who are Ahmaud Arbery’s parents?

Ahmaud Arbery is Marcus Arbery and Wanda Cooper Jones’ son.

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