25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was killed on Feb. 23 in Brunswick, Georgia.
On Tuesday, a video was released of two white men (64-year-old Gregory McMichael and his 34-year-old son Travis McMichael) in a pickup truck tracking him down and fatally shooting him while he was jogging and unarmed. No arrests have been made in his death.
District attorney Thomas Durden said on Tuesday that he wants a grand jury to decide whether to press charges against the two men. Gregory McMichael previously worked as a local police officer and retired from his role as a former investigator with the district attorney’s office last May. Two previous prosecutors before Durden have recused themselves from the case because of their ties to McMichael and their conflicts of interest.
His mother recently gave an interview saying: “I just think about how they could allow these two men to kill my son and not be arrested. That’s what I can’t understand.” A petition and website has been set up RunWithMaud.com calling for justice and accountability.
Arbery didn’t do anything wrong. What drew suspicion was that he was a black male running through the white men’s neighborhood. No one should feel unsafe while running due to the color of their skin. It’s a tragedy that unfortunately took until the release of a video to garner mainstream attention and address institutional racism. We can all do better about these conversations in society.
Friday would’ve been Ahmaud’s birthday. Run 2.23 miles with #IRunWithMaud and consider signing the petition.