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US News Last pass of arms at the trial of the murder of African American jogger AHMAUD ARBERY

04:05  23 november  2021
04:05  23 november  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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L Es Three White American judged for the murder of Jogger Ahmaud Arbery have it "attacked" "" Because he was black "or have they" taken their responsibilities "in the face of burglar potential? The two theses clashed on Monday at the end of a very sensitive trial.

In an acreized indictment, Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski touched for the first time frontally the racial dimension of the drama on February 23, 2020 in Brunswick, a coastal locality of the South United States .

that day, Gregory McMichael, 65, his son Travis, 35, and their neighbor, William Bryan, 52, took "on a whim" the decision to chase Ahmaud Arbery "because he was Black and he ran into the street, "she said.

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"They scared him" by pursuing him aboard pickups and with firearms. Having had no weapons and did nothing else "than running to escape for five minutes", before being shot, she continued. It was an "attack on Ahmaud Arbery".

The Prosecutor has echoed the parents of the jogger, who ensure that their 25-year-old son has been targeted because of the color of his skin. Since the beginning of the trial, they have been supported by prominent members of the African American community, including dozens of black pastors.

Monday, armed black protesters were seen near the Tribunal, according to a defense lawyer who, in vain, asked the judge to cancel the trial.

"dirty nails"

to the jurors, the lawyers of the accused asked to pay their customers.

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when Travis McMichael, the author of the deadly shots, chased Ahmaud Arbery with a rifle, "it was not a question of taking someone's life", but his "sense of duty and responsibilities" , said his lawyer, Jason Sheffield.


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"Travis thought he had committed a burglary" and wanted to stop him in the context From a state law of Georgia which authorized mere citizens to proceed with arrests, he explained. "He never thought it would end as well."

in the months preceding the drama, Ahmaud Arbery had been filmed, several times, on the construction of a house under construction, but "entering on a private ground is not a crime" and nothing proves that it There has never been stolen anything, emphasized the prosecutor.

It did not prevent Father McMichael's lawyer, Laura Hogue, to tackle the deceased, a "handsome teen" who, according to her, "hurt" and was probably not in this neighborhood residential to jog. Otherwise, "why did not he bore socks to hide the long and dirty nails of his toes?" She launched.

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His tirade pushed Ahmaud Arbery's mother to leave the room and was denounced on Twitter by the powerful Naacp civil rights association, which found it "shameful and chumped".

"Who pointed his rifle?"

The accused also pleaded self-defense. Last week, Travis McMichael assured the jurors that Ahmaud Arbery refused to cooperate. The young man "seemed mad" and had sought to seize his weapon, he again said, "It was a situation of life or death."

"We have the right to defend themselves, to make use of a force that may cause death (...) if we believe it is necessary and, at the moment, Travis judged it was necessary" , brought his lawyer on Monday.

Going even further, Laura Hogue assured that Ahmaud Arbery was "not a victim": "He died (...) because he chose to fight".

"who pointed his rifle?" Linda Dunikoski replied: "We can not invoke self-defense when we are the author of the initial and unjustified aggression".

Taking the floor last, Kevin Gough wanted to stand out his client, William Bryan, McMichael. "He did not have weapons" and did not know that the Father and Son had, "said the lawyer. In addition, he pointed out, he immediately provided the drama video.

The dissemination of these images, more than two months after the facts, had allowed the investigation to start.

The Prosecutor will have one last time on Tuesday morning. He will then come back to the twelve jurors, including one black man, to unanimously decide if each of the accused is guilty or innocent.

23/11/2021 00:27:12 - Washington ( AFP ) - © 2021 AFP

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