Ahmaud Arbery’s killing spurs action on Southern states’ lack of hate crime laws

May 26, 2020

Earlier this month a video surfaced showing the Feb. 23 shooting of an unarmed black man pursued by two white men and shot in broad daylight while jogging through a neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia. Retired police officer and district attorney investigator Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, told police they confronted Ahmaud Arbery, 25, because he resembled a man they believed to be responsible for local home break-ins. Surveillance video from the day of the killing shows Arbery made a brief stop at a construction site while out for a run, but there is no evidence he took anything or was involved in any home break-ins.

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