US Justice Dept. reviewing if hate crime charges should be filed in Amhaud Arbery shooting
A Georgia man was chased and killed while jogging, his mother says
Ahmaud Arbery's mother spoke with Don Lemon Sunday saying her son was not armed.A Georgia man was chased, shot and killed while jogging more than two months ago, and his family is calling for justice.
The Justice Department said Monday that it is reviewing all of the evidence in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery and considering whether federal hate crime charges are warranted.
"The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia have been supporting and will continue fully to support and participate in the state investigation," DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said. "We are assessing all of the evidence to determine whether federal hate crimes charges are appropriate."
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Kupec added that officials were also considering the Georgia attorney general's request for the department to investigate the handling of the case. She said that Justice Department is asking that the state forward any information it has about the handling of the incident to federal authorities.
Arbery, a 25-year-old African-American man, was shot and killed in Brunswick, Ga., a coastal town about 300 miles outside of Atlanta, on Feb. 23. The incident resulted in no arrests until last week, after video surfaced showing a deadly confrontation between Arbery and two men.
Footage showed a white pickup truck blocking Arbery's path as he appeared to run through the neighborhood. The recording, which captured multiple gunfire shots as well as struggle between Arbery and another man, quickly sparked outrage from the public and demands from state and federal lawmakers for a thorough investigation.
Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault last Thursday.
"We will continue to assess all information, and we will take any appropriate action that is warranted by the facts and the law," Kupec said.
Unsigned note left at the Ahmaud Arbery memorial: 'I am so sorry. I should have stopped them' .
The note, left at the memorial marking the spot where Ahmaud Abery was killed, may lead to new insights in the case.An unsigned note reportedly left at the memorial marking the place where Ahmaud Arbery was killed is raising questions about who left it there and why.