New video emerges of moments leading up to Ahmaud Arbery's death

by Adam Ford · May 9th, 2020 4:49 pm

New video has emerged from a home security camera recorded minutes before the February shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery.

The footage was taken about a block from the shooting:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published the video Saturday, which shows someone who appears to be Arbery walking around and inside a home construction site.

It then appears to show a neighbor from across the street walking out and observing the person who appears to be Arbery — this neighbor is possibly the one who called 911 to report the person walking into the unfinished house, AJC notes — and then purports to show Travis McMichael, 34, and his father, Gregory, 64, getting into their white truck and giving chase.

Minutes later police cars are seen driving past.

AJC reports:

Arbery's family said he liked to jog in the area. One of the armed men who confronted Arbery that day later told police they pursued him because they thought he had been involved in earlier break-ins in the neighborhood ...

Former Fulton prosecutor Manny Arora, who reviewed the video, said entry of a construction site is not necessarily a crime. At most, it may be a misdemeanor, unless anything was taken, he said ...

Gregory McMichael told police that he was in the front yard when he saw ‘the suspect from the break-ins ‘hauling a**' down Satilla Drive."

Gregory McMichael ran in the house to alert his son, Travis McMichael. The men armed themselves and went after Arbery, according to Gregory McMichael's police statement.

The McMichaels told police that they had decided to arm themselves and pursue Arbery because they suspected him of committing burglaries in the Satilla Shores neighborhood. They also told police they had seen Arbery on earlier surveillance tapes and were concerned that he could be armed because they said they saw him on another occasion sticking "his hand down his pants."

Glynn County police records include no recent reports of house burglaries in Satilla shores. The only report of that kind was a Jan. 1 theft of a handgun stolen from an unlocked truck parked at McMichael's house.

🔦 The McMichaels appeared before a judge on Friday facing charges of murder and aggravated assault in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. They were denied bond and booked into Glynn County jail.


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