With so many manufactured instances of racially motivated crime, it’s difficult to know when authorities have found the real thing. Was the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020 one of those instances?
Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory were indicted on hate crimes charges by the DOJ for the killing of Arbery, the Blaze reported. The pair and another man, William “Roddie” Bryan chased Arbery down after suspecting he had robbed a nearby construction site before fatally wounding the 25-year-old.
The elder McMichael had called 911 when he spotted Arbery, telling the operator there was “a Black man running down the street” whom he suspected of the robberies. There were other minor incidents in the neighborhood, and surveillance video from the home under construction showed Arbery enter and leave again, though there’s no indication he took anything.
The father and son duo grabbed their guns and went after Arbery, according to Fox News. Bryan joined in the chase in his own vehicle and cornered the man before a struggle ensued. Three shots were fired, and Arbery sustained a fatal wound to the chest.
All three men are facing federal charges including interference with rights and attempted kidnapping for the incident. The McMichaels face additional firearms charges as well. Bryan’s lawyer claimed he had committed no crime at all while the McMichaels’ attorneys disputed the hate crime charges.
“There is absolutely nothing in the indictment that identifies how this is a federal hate crime and it ignores without apology that Georgia law allows a citizen to detain a person who was committing burglaries until police arrive,” attorneys Bob Rubin and Jason Sheffield said. However, an Associated Press report may shed light on where authorities came up with the charges.
“Mr. Bryan said that after the shooting took place before police arrival, while Mr. Arbery was on the ground, that he heard Travis McMichael make the statement, ‘f—-ing n—-er,’” Richard Dial, Georgia Burea of Investigation agent, testified. Travis McMichael’s attorney denies the claim, however.
It’s difficult to know what really happened that day, but what is clear is that the aftermath became part of the race hysteria that emerged in May of 2020. If these men were out for blood based on the color of Arbery’s skin, their conduct was criminal. If that was not the motivation, these men may end up paying for a crime they didn’t commit because of the current political climate.