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    Loading the player... On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was fatally shot while jogging through a Georgia suburb. Gregory and Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. all face murder charges in the death that added to a season of civil unrest and calls for social justice. Read More: Travis McMichael attempts to explain killing of Ahmaud Arbery in new bodycam video A year later, Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, opened up to NBC News reporter Blayne Alexander about her son and the tragic incident.  “I try but when I laid Ahmaud to rest last February, a part of me left also and it’s hard,” she remarked regarding the ability to move on. “It’s rough. As time passes, I realize that Ahmaud is never coming back. I think before I was numb. I was in a state of just being numb. And as the days have passed, the numbness has left, and I’m really — it’s very painful. Very painful.” Wanda Jones-Cooper with her son, Ahmaud Arbery (Personal Family Picture) The footage of the murder became viral on the internet and shared as outrage grew. Cooper-Jones...
    Several U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday commemorated the one-year anniversary of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was shot and killed while jogging in Georgia. Newly sworn-in Georgia Sen. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockLoeffler leaves door open to 2022 rematch against Warnock Garland expected to become Biden's AG after high court holdup Conservative groups seek to bolster opposition to Biden's HHS pick MORE (D) shared a photo of Arbery on Twitter. Warnock became the first Black U.S. senator from Georgia after defeating former Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLoeffler leaves door open to 2022 rematch against Warnock Perdue on potential 2022 run: GOP must regain the Senate Perdue files paperwork to explore 2022 Senate run MORE. “Rest in peace, Ahmaud. You—and so many other Black men and women taken too soon—should be here today,” Warnock wrote. “Today and every day, we will remember your life and your legacy, and we continue to fight for justice in your name.” Rest in peace, Ahmaud. You—and so many other Black men and women taken too soon—should be here today.Today and every day, we will remember your life and...
    Loading the player... On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was killed while jogging in a Georgia suburb. As the first anniversary nears, his mother announced the family would be holding a vigil to celebrate her son’s life.  Read More: Ahmaud Arbery’s killers ask that he not be called a ‘victim’ theGrio reported three men faced murder charges in the death of 25-year-old Arbery. William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., allegedly pinned the victim with his vehicle as Travis McMichael fired the fatal shots. Gregory McMichael, the father of Travis, also faces trial for his involvement. The men allegedly used racial slurs in the incident, which was caught on camera and went viral, leading to protests and demands for justice. According to TMZ, Wanda Cooper-Jones shared family members plan to gather at New Springfield Baptist Church in Waynesboro, GA for a candlelight vigil. The family requested attendees wear a blue ribbon or the color blue as a statement of solidarity. She informed the outlet blue was Arbery’s favorite color. TMZ reported Jones has shared feelings of grief and being overwhelmed as the one-year date looms....
    Loading the player... According to TMZ, the defense attorneys for Travis and Gregory McMichael — the father and son who shot and killed 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery on Feb. 23, 2020 — don’t want to the word “victim” used in court. Graphic video footage captured the two men chasing Arbery in their trucks before fatally shooting him. New bodycam videos show that no medical treatment was provided for him as he lay dying in the street. Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, were each charged with murder and aggravated assault in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man. (Photo by Glynn County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images) Gregory, who spoke to the officer, pointed to his son Travis, who was covered in blood, saying, “He had no choice.” Read More: Original Black Eyed Peas member Kim Hill responds to Will.I.Am According to documents obtained by TMZ, the McMichaels have filed new motions asking that prosecutors be prevented from referring to Arbery as a victim in order to prevent the jury from reaching a...
    Ahmaud Arbery should not be called a “victim,” claim lawyers for the father-son duo accused of gunning down the unarmed 25-year-old as he jogged through a Georgia neighborhood. Attorneys for Travis and Greg McMichael, who are charged with murder in Arbery’s death, made the request in court papers filed in the Chatham County Superior Court, according to TMZ. The McMichaels also want a judge to keep their jail calls from being used as evidence — but allow mention of Arbery’s criminal record during their trial. The accused killers, who are white, allegedly chased Arbery, a black man, through a Georgia neighborhood in their pickup truck before Travis got out and shot Arbery at close range, authorities have said. A neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, who allegedly recorded the graphic February encounter on a cellphone camera and has also been charged with murder in the case, told investigators the younger McMichael uttered the racial slur “f—ing n—–” after he fired the shotgun. Ahmaud Arbery Facebook The McMichaels did not face criminal charges in the slaying until May — when...
    The Georgia man who gunned down Ahmaud Arbery was apparently a bigger fan of racial slurs than previously reported — not only using hate speech to describe his victim but also making racist posts online and in text messages before the killing, prosecutors revealed in court Thursday. The suspect, Travis McMichael, who is jailed for the slaying along with his father, Gregory McMichael, had sent his friend a text message with a racial slur in 2019, it was revealed. In 2019, he texted boyhood friend Zachary Langford about “shooting a crackhead c—n with gold teeth with a Hi-Point .45,” the Daily Mail reported. When Evans quizzed Langford about the exchange, Langford claimed he believed McMichael was referring to a literal racoon, not using a racial slur — prompting skepticism from Evans. “A raccoon with gold teeth and a Hi-Point .45?” Evans retorted. The prosecutor also pointed to Facebook comment by Travis that used a racial slur for Asian people, according to the report. Travis commented, “sayonara, ch—k f—ks,” on a photo that Langford had posted last year, according to the...
    Loading the player... The man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery had previously used racial slurs in a text message and on social media, a prosecutor said Thursday as a judge weighed whether to grant bond for the defendant and his father. Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory McMichael, have been jailed since their arrests in May, more than two months after Arbery was slain. The McMichaels, who are white, chased and fatally shot the 25-year-old Black man after they spotted him running in their neighborhood just outside the port city of Brunswick. Read More: Judge to weigh bond for father, son in Ahmaud Arbery slaying Questions about whether racism played a role in the killing sharpened during a previous hearing when an investigator testified that a third defendant, who took cellphone video of the shooting, told authorities he heard Travis McMichael, 34, utter a racial slur after he blasted Arbery three times with a shotgun. Left, father and son, Gregory and Travis McMichael, accused in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. (AP Photo/Lewis Levine) In the courtroom Thursday, Zachary Langford —...
    The Georgia man who gunned down Ahmaud Arbery was apparently a bigger fan of racial slurs than previously reported — not only using hate speech to describe his victim but also making racist posts online and in text messages before the killing, prosecutors revealed in court Thursday. The suspect, Travis McMichael, who is jailed for the slaying along with his father, Gregory McMichael, had sent his friend a text message with a racial slur in 2019, it was revealed. In 2019, he texted boyhood friend Zachary Langford about “shooting a crackhead c—n with gold teeth with a Hi-Point .45,” the Daily Mail reported. When Evans quizzed Langford about the exchange, Langford claimed he believed McMichael was referring to a literal racoon, not using a racial slur — prompting skepticism from Evans. “A raccoon with gold teeth and a Hi-Point .45?” Evans retorted. The prosecutor also pointed to Facebook comment by Travis that used a racial slur for Asian people, according to the report. Travis commented, “sayonara, ch—k f—ks,” on a photo that Langford had posted last year, according to the report....
    Loading the player... Wanda Cooper, the mother of Ahmaud Arbery, isn’t letting a three-hour drive stop her from voting. The mother who laid her son to rest earlier this year after he was shot and killed in Glynn County, Georgia allegedly by resident Travis McMichael while on a jog. Read More: Ahmaud Arbery’s life and death profiled in ’48 Hours’ documentary: ‘Modern-day lynching’ According to TMZ, Arbery’s mother returned to Brunswick, GA, to vote. She moved away after her son passed but she says the three-hour drive from where she currently lives is worth it because she is honoring her son. Wanda Jones-Cooper with her son, Ahmaud Arbery (Personal Family Picture) She voted for Joe Biden despite meeting with President Donald Trump after her son was killed. “A GREAT woman. Her son is looking down from heaven & is very proud of his wonderful & loving mom!!!,” Trump tweeted in June. A GREAT woman. Her son is looking down from heaven & is very proud of his wonderful & loving mom!!! https://t.co/ZzKUbjlOOT — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June...
    Loading the player... Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting death earlier this year created national headlines, but his family grappled with their loss long before the spotlight centered him. 48 HOURS: Justice for Ahmaud is an upcoming in-depth CBS special that features his loved ones who say he didn’t deserve to die in a “modern-day lynching.” Arbery was shot on Feb. 23 three times while jogging in a predominantly white neighborhood outside of Brunswick, Georgia after Gregory and Travis McMichael, the armed father and son duo, pursued him in their truck under the belief the unarmed Black man was a thief. Their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan captured the incident on his phone and was allegedly part of the pursuit. Read More: Ahmaud Arbery’s mother says 2:23 Foundation using son’s name without consent It took months for Bryan’s footage to leak and go viral which allowed Arbery’s case to gain traction in the mainstream media and spur protests.  A grand jury indicted the McMichael’s, and Bryan in May on malice and felony murder charges in Arbery’s death with each defendant facing...
    From top left, counter clockwise: Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, William Bryan Prosecutors in Glynn County, Georgia filed a notice last week that they intend to use racist social media posts and texts as evidence against Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael—the father and son who shot and killed 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in the street back in February. They also have evidence of “racial messages” that were extracted from the cell phone of William “Roddie” Bryan, the man who followed Arbery and recorded the shooting. Prosecutors say that the messages in question amount to “intrinsic evidence” that is admissible under Rule 404 (b). Intrinsic evidence is defined as “[i]nternal evidence or proof of something; especially (Law) evidence relating to a matter which is included or contained in a record, document, statement, etc.; opposed to extrinsic evidence.” Rule 404 (b) in the Federal Rules of Evidence pertains to “Crimes, Wrongs, or Other Acts.” The rules outline 1) how prosecutors may and may not use this evidence and 2) when they must provide notice if they do intend to use this evidence [emphasis ours]: (1) Prohibited Uses....
    One of the three men charged in the murder of unarmed Georgia jogger Ahmaud Arbery is also the subject of a child molestation investigation, according to a new report. The Glynn County Police Department on July 15 requested that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation launch a sex crimes probe based on allegations made against William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., First Coast News reported Tuesday. A fact sheet of the investigation obtained by the TV station lists the type of case against Bryan as “child abuse/molestation,” and notes the alleged incident took place in Camden County and that the victim was a white female. The GBI said no other details or documents related to the case are available at this time because it’s an ongoing investigation. Bryan is accused of striking Arbery, 25, with his truck during the February attack. He also videotaped the shooting on his cellphone. see also Ahmaud Arbery murder cases moving forward after prosecutors argue he was hunted, tormented The murder cases against three white Georgia men charged in... He is charged with malice and felony...
    William Roddie Bryan says he feels "unsafe" after video he recorded of the death of Ahmaud Arbery was leaked. The man who filmed the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery and was later charged with murder in his death is now the subject of a state investigation on unrelated sex crimes, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The Camden County Sheriff’s Office asked the state bureau to investigate “based on allegations made against William ‘Roddie’ Bryan, Jr.,” the GBI tweeted Friday. “The investigation is active and ongoing.”  Ben Crump, an attorney representing Arbery’s family, said in a tweet Friday that Bryan, who also faces a charge of criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment in Arbery’s case, was denied bail. “We must keep the pressure ON and get #JusticeforAhmaud,” Crump said. The video Bryan captured shows the moments leading up to Arbery's death on Feb. 23 in the Satilla Shores neighborhood, which is in South Georgia. Arbery was allegedly jogging when former cop and prosecutor’s investigator Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael hunted him down, accused him of trespassing onto the site of a home under construction, and...
    Many people on social media have voiced their disappointment on how slow Breonna Taylor‘s case is moving, especially in comparison to similar high profile cases like that of Ahmaud Arbery. READ MORE: Police officer involved in Breonna Taylor shooting fired Recently, both of their mothers joined forces not only to fight injustice but also to lean on each other for moral support. This week, Lee Merritt, the attorney for Ahmaud’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, revealed that his client set up a face-to-face meeting with Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, on Thursday in Louisville. Wednesday evening, Cooper-Jones flew from Georgia to Kentucky to meet with Palmer. Asked why she felt compelled to reach out to Palmer, Cooper-Jones told TMZ, “My heart goes out to her and to the entire family. I know it has to be very uncomfortable to know that your child was taken away and no one went to jail for it as of yet. So I want to let her know that I support her, I’m standing with her, and eventually that things will happen.”    “First and foremost, I...
    A Georgia grand jury has indicted all three white men accused in the shooting death of unarmed black jogger Ahmaud Arbery on murder charges, prosecutors announced Wednesday. The indictment charges Travis McMichael, 34, his 64-year-old father, Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Byan, 50, with nine counts, including malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. “This is another step forward in seeking justice for Ahamaud,” Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes said during a press conference, WGCL-TV said. “Our team from the Cobb Judicial Circuit has been committed to effectively bringing forward the evidence in this case, and today was no exception.” “We will continue to be intentional in the pursuit of justice for this family and the community at large as the prosecution of this case continues,” she said. Travis and Gregory McMichael at their hearing. Glynn County Jail via AP, Pool Gregory and Travis McMichael Facebook Ad Up Next Close Bernie Sanders loses again and other commentary Eye on the Left: Bernie Sanders Loses Again “Three months... 2 View Slideshow Back...
    Wanda Cooper-Jones, the mother of Ahmaud Arbery, said President Donald Trump was "compassionate" toward the families of victims of police brutality during a Tuesday meeting associated with his police reform executive order, Newsweek reported. Arbery was killed by civilians, although his death and the way it was handled by local police and prosecutors set a foundation for the racial unrest that occurred after George Floyd's death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer on May 25. One of the men charged with Arbery's murder was a former police officer. "I was very very emotional throughout the whole conference," Cooper-Jones told Fox News. "[Trump] was very compassionate. He shows major concerns for all families, not just one family but for all families. I can say that President Trump was very receiving. He listened and he addressed each and every family accordingly." Some were critical of Cooper-Jones and the other families for participating in the meeting with President Trump, who is often viewed unfavorably on issues of race. Cooper-Jones stands by her decision to participate. "I wanted him...
    The mother of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man shot and killed while jogging in a Georgia neighborhood earlier this year, said President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat warns of potential staff purge at US media agency Judge denies request to stop Trump rally due to coronavirus concerns Fauci on coronavirus infections: 'We're still in a first wave' MORE was “very compassionate” when he met with families affected by violence and police brutality. Wanda Cooper-Jones told Fox News that the president was “very receiving” and listened to all of the participants present during the closed-door meeting at the White House on Tuesday. "I was very, very emotional throughout the whole conference," she said. "[Trump] was very compassionate. He showed major concern for all families. Not just one family, but for all families." She elaborated on the meeting in conversations with reporters on Capitol Hill, saying she didn't think Trump's executive order unveiled Tuesday was "enough" but called it "a start." Trump took to Twitter after the meeting and called Cooper-Jones a “great woman.” “Her son is looking down from heaven & is very proud of his wonderful & loving mom!!!”...
    The mother of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old unarmed black man killed in February by a pair of armed white men who chased him in their car while he jogged in Georgia, offered a glimpse into her “very emotional” meeting with President Trump. Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday afternoon, Wanda Cooper-Jones, Arbery’s mother, described herself as “very, very emotional throughout the whole conference.” As for the commander-in-chief, Cooper-Jones said, “He was very compassionate. He showed major concern for all families, not just one family, but for all families.” The president met on Tuesday with Cooper-Jones and the families of seven other Americans who had been killed by police violence, including Botham Jean, the 26-year-old Texas man who was murdered by a white off-duty police officer in his own apartment. “I can say that President Trump was very receiving, he listened and he addressed each and every family accordingly,” Arbery’s grieving mother continued. Cooper-Jones said that Trump assured “each family member that we would and should expect change,” in the wake of their loved ones’ senseless deaths. The president went...
    Wanda Cooper-Jones, the mother of Ahmaud Arbery, said that President Donald Trump was “very compassionate” when she met with him on Tuesday. In an interview with Fox News, Cooper-Jones said that she was “very, very emotional throughout the whole conference.” The mother went on to say that the president “showed major concern for all families. Not just one family, but for all families.” Mother of Ahmaud Arbery.Video from @theangiestanton. pic.twitter.com/JOaskKH7E5 — Charrise Lane (@CharriseLane) June 17, 2020 The statement was made following a private meeting the president held with Black families whose loved ones were the victims of police violence. The meeting was organized by civil rights attorney, S. Lee Merritt. While Arbery wasn’t slain by a police officer, one of the men charged with murder in the slaying, Gregory McMichael, was a former sheriff’s deputy. READ MORE: Ahmaud Arbery’s mother calls for death penalty for men who shot her son The meeting took place prior to Trump signing an executive order on Tuesday aimed at police reform. The order included federal incentives for departments to ban chokeholds and...
    The mother of Ahmaud Arbery reportedly described President Donald Trump as “very receiving” and “very compassionate” during their White House meeting on Tuesday. Wanda Cooper-Jones was one of several invited to meet with Trump before he signed an executive order dealing with the issue. Other attendees included “relatives of Botham Jean, a Texas man shot in his home by a police officer who lived in the same building; Atatiana Jefferson, killed after police were called to her home; and Antwon Rose, a teenager killed by a Pittsburgh police officer,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Arbery was shot and killed by two white men while jogging near Brunswick, Georgia in February. Though Arbery was not killed by police, the local prosecutor who initially recommended no charges for his alleged killers recused himself from the case. Relying on the reporting of colleague Paulina Smolinski, CBS News White House journalist Fin Gomez tweeted that Cooper-Jones described her meeting with the president as “very emotional.” (RELATED: ‘It Removes Race From The Equation’: Greg Gutfeld Details ‘Terrible Idea’ To Eliminate The Perception Of Racism In Policing)...
    Musician Jay-Z allowed attorneys for Ahmaud Arbery to borrow his private plane in order to make a court hearing in Georgia. The attorneys claimed they were struggling to find flights when they received a call from Roc Nation. Arbery was shot by a former police officer while out on a run in Georgia. He was unarmed at the time of his death. View this post on Instagram Court hearing in Brunswick, Georgia this morning. No flights to take us there last night. @leemerrittesq and I spent hours trying to find flights or cars. At 1 am we started losing hope till we got a call from Jay Z’s people at Roc Nation who chartered a flight for us to attend this hearing with the family of Ahmaud Arbery. Thankful for their support. Updates on the hearing soon A post shared by Blerim Elmazi, Esq. (@blerimelmazi) on Jun 4, 2020 at 6:30am PDT “Court hearing in Brunswick, Georgia, this morning,” attorney Blerim Elmazi captioned a photo on Instagram. “No flights to take us there last night. @leemerrittesq and...
    Jay-Z stepped up in a major way for the family of Ahmaud Arbery in their journey to justice, sending the family’s legal team to trial in a manner only he could. READ MORE: Jay-Z takes out full-page ads across the country in dedication to George Floyd The business mogul sent his own private jet to the legal team representing Arbery to ensure their attendance at a Georgia court hearing. According to social media posts uploaded by S. Lee Merritt of Philadelphia’s Merritt Law Firm, the Brooklyn-bred rapper let him and his associate fly private to the southern town. “When you absolutely have to be in Court to stand with your client and righteous protestors for justice … Jay Z sends his private jet. That’s part of the P.P.E plan to get us out of this Crisis (People Power Political Power Economic Power),” Merritt wrote on Instagram. His colleague, Blerim Elmazi, describes their frantic search for transportation the morning of, before Roc Nation stepped up and delivered. “Court hearing in Brunswick, Georgia this morning. No flights to take us there last...
    A Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent testified Thursday that Travis McMichael, the man who shot and killed Ahmaud Arbery, used a racial slur immediately after killing Arbery. The GBI agent said the information came from William Bryan, the man who chased Arbery along with the McMichaels and recorded the incident. CNN reported:GBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Richard Dial testified that Bryan told police Travis McMichael said "f***ing n*****" after three blasts from his shotgun left Arbery dead in the street in the Satilla Shores neighborhood in February. Body camera footage also showed a Confederate flag sticker on the toolbox of McMichael's truck, he said.On cross-examination, Dial testified Bryan mentioned the slur in a May 13 GBI interview, and to Dial's knowledge, Bryan had not previously made the allegation, including during a May 11 interview.Dial said there were "numerous" other instances of McMichael using racial slurs online, including a message in which he said he liked his job because there "weren't any N-words anywhere." The testimony also revealed more about the chase that led to Arbery's killing. Dial said...
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