“A Georgia prosecutor on Tuesday recommended that a grand jury review the fatal shooting of a black man while he was out jogging earlier this year.”
So reads the opening line of a Fox News report on Wednesday. The “black man” referred to is 25-year-old Amhaud Arbery, killed on Feb. 23. Many in the state are now critical of the case’s investigation, since “a disturbing video emerged online on Tuesday [which] purports to show key parts of the incident and has increased calls for charges.”
“In the video”, the Fox article continues, “a black man can be seen running at a slow pace toward a white truck that is stopped in the middle of a country road. Two men are seen outside the vehicle, including one standing on the truck’s bed. The black man seems to attempt to run around the truck, and the moment he clears the vehicle, a shot rings out. A brief struggle ensues in what looks like an effort to control a shotgun, and another two shots are heard, according to the video. The runner staggers away and collapses.”
The runner who later dies is now presumed to be Arbery. But Tom Durden, the district attorney pro tempore for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, “declined to comment Tuesday when [he] was asked if he could verify that the video showed the shooting of Arbery.”
“Travis McMichael, the son of a former district attorney investigator, fired the fatal shot.” the article reads. “He was not immediately charged because he claimed that he was conducting a citizen’s arrest”.
It is this detail that has Twitter blowing up with the hashtag #JusticeForAhmaud.
Former South Carolina congressman, Trey Gowdy spoke earlier on Dana Perino’s Daily Briefing about what’s presumed to be the fatal shooting of Amhaud Arbery: “We need a justice system that everyone regardless of colour or ethnic background has confidence in.” he stated.
“I guess my first question would be why did it take the video? I mean if you have someone who is jogging, who is unarmed, who is shot and killed by officers who aren’t officers. They’re not even law enforcement officers. Why did it take the video–it makes me think back to the shooting in Charleston, where the police officer said he was acting in self defense and then the video came out. So I think what people of colour want to know is: where is the justice before it’s on video because most of this stuff is not on video.”