One of three white men on trial for murder Ahmaud Arbery In Georgia, they told police last year they were chasing a 25-year-old Black man because they believed he was running from a potential crime rather than running.
Father and son defendants Greg and Travis McMichael armed themselves and chased Arbery in a pickup truck after seeing it running along the southeast coast. Georgia Brunswick area on February 23, 2020.
Neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan joined the chase in his own truck and recorded on his cell phone that Travis McMichael had shot Arbery at close range with a shotgun. closely watched trial To listen.
Greg McMichael later told police that Arbery “didn’t go out for a Sunday run.” He was getting the hell out of there.”
A police inspector testified Wednesday that they approached Arbery in two of their vehicles, eventually putting him in a “trapped like a mouse” situation.
More than two months passed before the three men were arrested for murder and other crimes, after the graphic video leaked online and deepened a national showdown over racial injustice.
Glynn county police sergeant Roderic Nohilly told the jury he spoke with Greg McMichael at the police station a few hours after the shooting, where he explained why they were chasing Arbery and what had happened.
The court said Greg McMichael knew Nohilly that Arbery was captured by security cameras several times inside a neighboring house under construction.
Greg McMichael said they’re trying to keep Arbery from escaping the mostly white subdivision.
According to a transcript of Nohilly’s recorded interviews that he read in court, McMichael said: “I think he wanted to escape and realized that something, you know, he couldn’t escape.”
Defense attorneys say McMichaels and Bryan were legally justified in chasing and arresting Arbery because they reasonably thought he was a thief.
Greg McMichael told police that Travis McMichael fired in self-defense after Arbery attacked him with his fists and tried to retrieve his son’s shotgun.
“You know, he had the opportunity to run farther,” Greg McMichael told Nohilly. “We had chased him around the neighborhood a bit, but he never got tired. So this man was in good shape.”
Prosecutors said McMichaels and Bryan chased Arbery for five minutes before he was shot down in the street after passing McMichaels’ idling truck.
prosecutor Linda Dunikoski He described Arbery as an “avid runner” who lived about 2 miles from the neighborhood of Satilla Shores, where he often went jogging and was killed.
Ricky Minshew, the first police officer to arrive at the scene, said earlier at the hearing that Bryan had said that at one point in the chase, Arbery stopped to catch his breath and looked “tired from running”.
New York’s leading civil rights activist, Al Sharpton, spoke to reporters outside the Glynn county courthouse on Wednesday, where he held the hands of Arbery’s parents as they prayed for justice.
Sharpton criticizes disproportionate white jury makeupcontains only one Black member, while the county in which the case took place is approximately 27% Black.
“This is an insult to the intelligence of the American people,” Sharpton said. “If you can count to 12 and only get one Black one, you know something is wrong.”
In court, Matthew Albenze testified that on the day of the shooting, Arbery had split logs in his front yard when he saw her enter the house under construction across the street.
Albenze said on Wednesday she brought a gun from behind a tree before calling the police. Arbery left the house running towards the McMichaels’ house.
Albenze told the jury she called the police non-emergency number. Dunikoski asked him: Why not? [the emergency number] 911?
“I did not see an emergency,” he replied.
The defendants pleaded not guilty. The trial continues.