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Disturbing video of man being shot sparks outrage over lack of arrests  in February killing
Ahmaud Arbery (Image source: CBS News video screenshot)

Disturbing video of man being shot sparks outrage over lack of arrests  in February killing

An attorney for the victim's family says the footage confirms: 'This is murder.'

The release of a video purportedly showing the killing of 25-year-old Georgia man Ahmaud Arbery in February has shined a spotlight on the case, and raised questions over why no arrests have been made in connection with his death.

What are the details?

Arbery, who was black, was admittedly pursued on Feb. 23 by two white men in a truck, Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael. A third white man was also reportedly involved in chasing Arbery.

Arbery's family members say he liked to stay in shape and was simply out for a jog. Gregory McMichael told police that there had been several break-ins in the neighborhood, and that Arbery was a suspect who had been caught on surveillance video.

Gregory McMichael, a former Glynn County police officer and retired investigator with the local district attorney's office, says he was standing in his front yard when he saw Arbery "hauling ass" down the street, so he ran inside and told Travis. The McMichaels each grabbed firearms and jumped in a truck to try and chase Arbery down "in an attempt to intercept him," according to the police report obtained by The New York Times.

The McMichaels tried to "cut off" Arbery, according to Gregory's account, but Arbery ran the other away. Then they tried to block him a second time, shouting that they wanted to talk to him, and that is when Arbery was killed.

The police report reads: "[Gregory] McMichael states the unidentified male began to violently attack Travis and the two men then started fighting over the shotgun at which point Travis fired a shot and then a second later there was a second shot."

Video emerged this week, purportedly showing the footage of what happened when Arbery was shot.

Be warned, it is violent content:

Video shows fatal Brunswick shooting of Ahmaud Arberywww.youtube.com

The video was shared by S. Lee Merritt, the attorney for Arbery's mother, who said of the footage, "The series of events captured in this video confirm what all evidence indicated prior to its release—Ahmaud Arbery was pursued by three white men that targeted him solely because of his race and murdered him without justification. This is murder."

The footage was widely circulated on social media on Tuesday, and a series of news reports were published covering the incident from over two months ago.

Prior to the release of the video, two prosecutors had recused themselves from the case. The first cited a conflict of interest because Gregory McMichael had worked in her office.

The second was forced to recuse himself at the pressing of Arbery's mother due to a separate conflict of interest over a professional connection, after arguing against making any arrests in a letter the Glynn County Police Department.

District Attorney George Barnhill wrote that the McMichaels acted lawfully in pursuing Arbery, that Travis McMichael was acting in self-defense, and that "Arbery's mental health records & prior convictions help explain his apparent aggressive nature and his possible thought pattern to attack an armed man."

The Times reported that "court records show that Mr. Arbery was convicted of shoplifting and of violating probation in 2018. Five years earlier, according to the The Brunswick News, he was indicted on charges that he took a handgun to a high school basketball game."

Arbery's mother, Wanda Jones, told CBS News that her son's previous brushes with the law have nothing to do with what happened the day he died, maintaining that he was the victim. She told the outlet that the McMichaels "should have waited for the authorities to arrive."

USA Today reported the day that the video was released, the third prosecutor on the case, Tom Durden, announced in a statement, "I am of the opinion that the case should be presented to the grand jury of Glynn County for consideration of criminal charges against those involved in the death of Mr. Arbery."

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