3 men charged with federal hate crimes in the death of Ahmaud Arbery

by Jenny Mount · Apr 29th, 2021 10:21 am

Last Updated Apr 30th, 2021 at 4:51 pm

Three Georgia men — Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan — were all charged with the violation of federal hate crimes legislation Wednesday for the roles they played in the death of Ahmaud Arbery in February of last year.

Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael were both charged with one count of using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm while committing a violent crime. The younger McMichael was also charged with discharging a firearm in the commission of a violent crime. For his more limited role, Bryan was charged with interference of rights and attempted kidnapping.

"[The McMichaels] did willfully, by force and threat of force, injure, intimidate, and interfere with Ahmaud Arbery, an African American man, because of Arbery's race and color, and because he was and had been enjoying a facility provided and administered by a state and subdivision thereof," the indictment read.

Video of the altercation between the group shows the McMichaels cutting of Arbery in a pickup truck before chasing him down. They then forced a confrontation, shot, and killed him.


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