According to a new report The Georgia man who, along with his son, is charged with murdering unarmed jogger Ahmaud Arbery had a past connection to the victim. He investigated him when he worked for the district attorney’s office.
Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney George Barnhill revealed Greg McMichael’s ties to the victim in a letter recusing himself from the case because his own son had a connection to Arbery, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
McMichael, 64, a former Glynn County cop who worked as an investigator in the Brunswick DA’s office, helped prosecute Arbery, Barnhill said. When Arbery, 25, was in high school, he was sentenced to five years’ probation as a first offender on charges of carrying a weapon on campus, and several counts of obstructing a law enforcement officer, the paper reported. In 2018, he was convicted of a probation violation after he was charged with shoplifting, according to court documents obtained by the outlet. McMichael, who retired from the DA’s office in April 2019, never referenced his work on that probe to cops, according to the report. The DA learned about the ties “three or four weeks” earlier, he said.
McMichael claimed to cops he recognized Arbery from surveillance video capturing a recent burglary in his mostly white neighborhood and that he intended to make a citizen’s arrest, the paper reported. Meanwhile, it was revealed that Barnhill’s son, a prosecutor for the DA’s office, was involved with “previous prosecution” of Arbery, but it’s unclear which incident, the paper reported. Before recusing himself, Barnhill wrote that his office did “not see grounds for an arrest” of Greg and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, according to WJXT.
“It appears Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and [neighbor] William Bryan were following in hot pursuit of a burglary suspect with solid first-hand probable cause,” Barnhill wrote in a letter to Glynn County police Capt. Tom Jump. “Arbery initiated the fight. … At that point, Arbery grabbed the shotgun (that Travis McMichael was holding). Under Georgia law, McMichael was allowed to use deadly force to protect himself.”
Father-son duo charged with murder in Ahmaud Arbery death Investigators have not provided any proof that Arbery was responsible for any burglaries, according to the report. “They have made reference to ongoing burglaries in this community, but some obscure, indistinct crime in the community does not empower the entire community to hunt down black men,” Lee Merritt, Arbery’s family attorney, told the outlet.
“These men were not performing any police function or any duty as a citizen of the state of Georgia. These men were vigilantes. They were a posse and they were performing a lynching in the middle of the day,” he continued.
Arbery’s mother, Wanda Jones-Cooper, told the Journal-Constitution she had requested Barnhill’s recusal but she didn’t know about the involvement of his own son, or Greg McMichael. “I just looked him up on Facebook and saw this son worked for the Brunswick DA,” Jones-Cooper said.
Here is the thing… IF Footage comes out that shows him robbing houses, and that narrative is true AFTER I seen the video there is a few telling things there. I don’t know if these guys are racist or not but if they are and lied about the robberies then they should be prosecuted. BUT if it turns out he was breaking into peoples homes, and stealing then he got his Karma. The video is horrible, and cringe worthy to watch. But this isn’t a times to blame the President he had noting to do with this… ONE Completely stupid bitch in GA is doing just that. So now every shooting is Trumps fault too.
IF This guy was robbing someones house and got into a fist fight with someone much older and from the video he was punching the crap out of him. He also RAN TO the guys pick up, and didn’t nothing to avoid a confrontation. IF anything from the looks of it he egged it on by acting like a fucking asshole running up to a guy holding a shotgun and trying to fight with him. Also someone was recording… I assume it wsas someone he knew. So did he plan to record a beat down of of the shooter? Who is much older? I don’t want to take sides but only time will tell.
From now tho this looks like another Trayvon Martin all over again… Watch this moron blame Trump below… Utter bullshit. She sounds like TRUMP has been around as President for decades. This bitch is racist, and a socialist DemocRAT! A lot of these cases turn out the “shooting victim” who turn out to be black. Are not the best dudes around. A few have even been career criminals but the Media won’t report those things they got love for criminals who themselves murder, and steal. The media loves to play up the victim mentality, and throw people under the bus.
We will see what comes of this whole mess but here is the clip of this idiot talking, and blaming Trump. Typical leftist moron behavior.