Ahmaud Arbery was a 25 year old who was shot and killed while
running through Brunswick, Georgia on February 23, 2020 by
Gregory McMichael, a former police officer and investigator,
and his son Travis McMichael.
The news of Ahmaud Arbery's death was relatively unknown until
a video surfaced showing the two McMichael men chasing Ahmaud
Arbery in a truck before shooting him to death in the middle
of a suburban street.
Warning, the nature of this video is graphic.
The killing of Ahmaud Arbery quickly became a national
sensation with celebrities like Stephen Curry showing their
support on social media.
The case seemed all too familiar to the killings of
Trayvon Martin. Similar hallmark cases of violent racisim in America.
Many called for swift action against the McMichael's due to
the apparent racial profiling that led to the vigilante chase
and ultimately Ahmaud Arbery's death.
Enter, the Skeptics
Stories began to surface about the background and history of
Ahmaud Arbery that painted a different picture than a young
black jogger caught in racism's systemic crosshairs.
• He's been arrested?
• He's miles from home?
• He's looking into houses?
These facts challenge the legitimacy of an innocent man
jogging through the suburbs. Instead, hinting that perhaps
this was a citizen's arrest gone wrong.
In 2013, a 19-year old Ahmaud Arbery was arrested for bringing
a loaded gun to a school and fleeing the scene.
Ahmaud Arbery had a criminal record for illegal gun
possession. But, when he was killed, he was unarmed.
On the day of his death, maybe Ahmaud Arbery was out for a
jog, or perhaps he was running away. Does the latter mean he
deserves to die?
Far From Home
Map showing the approximate distance between the murder in
Satilla Shores and Ahmaud Arbery's residence in Boykin Ridge
Ahmaud Arbery was 2.5 miles from his home, which would take
about 50 minutes to walk, or 30 to jog.
This is not an uncommon distance for anyone to run. The
argument that his route was far from home is not a strong case. Ahmaud Arbery, as an American citizen, had the right to run
in any neighborhood.
In the top right corner, Ahmaud Arbery walks onto the property
of a home under construction. He stops briefly on the lawn
before entering into the open garage.
Moments later, in the top left of the video, a neighbor starts
Ahmaud Arbery appears a few minutes later from the front door of
the house, and begins running down the street.
The attorney representing Arbery:
"...he engaged in no illegal activity and remained for only a