The story of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder is even stranger and more unsettling than it first appeared to be.
The 25-year-old black man was shot and killed in February after two armed white men, 64-year-old Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, spotted Arbery jogging in their neighborhood and say they thought he matched the description of someone recently caught on camera burglarizing homes in the area. They chased him down and confronted him, and when he resisted, Travis McMichael shot him dead.
All of this was captured in a graphic video that was first posted online last week by a radio station in Brunswick, Ga. The source of the video, it turns out, was a local criminal defense attorney who had informally consulted with the McMichaels, both of whom were taken into custody Thursday on murder charges.
The attorney, Alan Tucker, didn’t take the video, but he apparently leaked it to the radio station because he thought it would make the McMichaels look better. Instead, it sparked widespread outrage and prompted the authorities to act. Investigators have said the video is a “very important piece” of evidence related to the criminal case against the McMichaels.
It’s not hard to see why. The video shows two armed men assaulting an unarmed man, who, when he tried to defend himself, gets killed.
Tucker, a friend of the McMichaels, somehow doesn’t see it that way. His comments in recent interviews beggar belief. He told one media outlet that if Arbery “had just froze and hadn’t done anything, he wouldn’t have gotten shot,” and that he leaked the video because he was “trying to stop a riot.”
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