Three white men have been charged with plotting to incite federal hate crimes in connection with the death of Ahmed Arbery, 25, of Samort, who was shot dead last year in Georgia, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.
The big picture. Arbery’s death was one last summer that sparked significant protests over the lives of Ss, including demonstrations over the killings of police officers Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
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The AP notes that the criminal case is “the most significant civil rights pursuit ever undertaken by the Biden Administration Department of Justice.”
Details: Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddy” Bryan were each charged with one count of interfering with their rights and one count of attempted kidnapping.
“Travis and Gregory McMichael have been charged with one count of using, carrying, branding a firearm during a crime of violence, and unloading, in the case of Tracy,” the Justice Department said.
Catch quickly “All three defendants have been charged in a separate state for murder, murder, aggravated assault, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, or attempted crime,” the DOJ said in a statement. No trial date has been set for this case.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, McMichaels in 2020. On February 23, he armed and chased Arbery, who was out for his daily run, after telling police that they suspected he had committed theft.
Go deeper. Ahmad Arberi’s mother has filed a civil lawsuit against the men accused of killing her son
Editor’s note. This story has been updated with more details.
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