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Canada Black-American jogger shot dead in the United States: authorities promise to do "justice"

00:50  23 may  2020
00:50  23 may  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

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Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was jogging when he was shot dead during a confrontation with a father and son in Brunswick on 23 February. He is also mentioned in the Glynn County police report of the shooting , in which officers noted that Mr Bryan had unsuccessfully tried to block Mr Arbery's path.

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Ahmaud Arbery a été abattu dans la rue alors qu'il faisait son jogging, le 23 février en Géorgie. Capture d'écran © Screenshot Ahmaud Arbery was killed on the street while jogging on February 23 in Georgia. Screenshot

After three arrests, the police of the US state of Georgia indicated on Friday that they are "finalizing" the investigation into the death of a young black jogger, which causes a strong stir in the United United.

Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was shot dead on February 23 while running in a residential neighborhood in Brunswick, a southern state with a long apartheid past. For more than two months, the local police did not make any arrests and it was necessary to broadcast a video of the drama in early May before the investigation was withdrawn and really started.

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He added that authorities have additional video evidence to support his arrest. Bryan used his vehicle 'on multiple occasions' to block Arbery in the road where he was Georgia man William 'Roddy' Bryan who filmed his two white neighbors shooting and killing Ahmaud Arbery is pictured in his mugshot.

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According to his family, and their numerous supporters, the young man was the victim of a racist crime, which then been suffocated by the police and judicial system. "We will ensure that justice is done," promised them this Friday the prosecutor Joyette Holmes who has just recovered the file after the withdrawal of three other prosecutors.

"We know we have a broken family and community," added an African-American woman, flanked by two black collaborators assigned to the case, during a press conference. The police's findings should be forwarded to him quickly. "I don't plan on much more before we close the file," said Georgia Bureau of Investigations chief Vic Reynolds.

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His family "relieved"

The night before, his services arrested William Bryan, 50, the author of the video which relaunched the investigation. On his recording, we see the young man running along a road. As he goes around a pick-up on which a white man is standing, he is stopped by a second white man who grabs him. We hear three shots.

The images provoked the mobilization of several personalities, including basketball star LeBron James or actress Zoë Kravitz. They are "very disturbing," said President Donald Trump. After their dissemination, the local police were seized of the file, which was entrusted to state investigators. They immediately arrested are the two people who appear in the film : Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34.

Like them, William Bryan was charged with murder , but also with attempted illegal arrest. The accused "used his vehicle several times with the intention of arresting him", according to the arrest warrant consulted by AFP. William Bryan, who filmed the scene from a vehicle following the young jogger, has always presented himself as a mere witness to the crime, denying having participated in it and having been armed.

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"We have serious grounds" for suspicion, replied Vic Reynolds, assuring that he had given in to "no pressure". The family of Ahmaud Arbery had been demanding his arrest for several days and said they were "relieved" that he had finally been detained.

Restoring "an air of credibility to the penal system"

According to the first police reports, Gregory McMichael declared that he had taken the young man for a burglar and that he wanted to arrest him, with the help of his son. For him, the altercation then went wrong.

A retired police officer, he worked for a long time as an investigator for the local prosecutor's office. For this reason, the first two prosecutors recused themselves, but the second took several weeks to do so.

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Since the video was broadcast, many demonstrators and Internet users, gathered behind the slogan #IrunwithMaud ("I run with Maud ", the young man's nickname) demand accountability from the justice system. Noting their interrogations, the police chief of Georgia hoped that the action of his services "gives an air of credibility to the penal system, particularly in our state".

Last Saturday, former President Barack Obama denounced "the historic burden" which, according to him, continues to weigh on African-Americans. "We observe it when a black man is jogging and people decide to arrest him, question him and shoot him if he does not submit to their questions," he said.

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