WORLD 3 indicted on federal hate crime charges of killing US black jogger Ahmaud Arbery

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3 indicted on federal hate crime charges of killing US black jogger Ahmaud Arbery

Xinhua

09:39, April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON, April 28 (Xinhua) -- A grand jury has charged three men with federal hate crimes and attempted kidnapping in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old African American man who was shot while jogging in the southern U.S. state of Georgia last year.

In this Feb. 23, 2021, file photo, Wanda Cooper-Jones kneels before the grave of her son, Ahmaud Arbery, at the New Springfield Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Ga., to mark the one year anniversary of Ahmaud Arbery's death in Brunswick, Ga. (Photo: AP)

Gregory McMichael, 65; his son, Travis McMichael, 35; and William "Roddie" Bryan, 51, were each charged with one count of interference with rights and with one count of attempted kidnapping, according to a Justice Department statement released on Wednesday.

Travis and Gregory McMichael also face charges of using guns to inflict violence, said a NPR report.

The indictment alleges that the defendants used force and threats to intimidate and interfere with Arbery's right to use a public street because of his skin color.

Arbery was chased, shot and killed while jogging outside Brunswick on Feb. 23, 2020. No charges had been filed in the case until a cellphone video of the shooting went viral in early May that year, making it a national case.

According to police reports cited by U.S. media, Gregory McMichael, a retired police detective, saw Arbery jogging and thought he was a suspect in a series of break-ins in the neighborhood. He then called his son, and they armed themselves with a handgun and a shotgun, respectively, before chasing Arbery in a truck. Bryan saw the McMichaels driving by and joined the pursuit.

The three men were charged with nine counts in June last year, including malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment, according to media reports.

Arbery's tragedy fueled widespread outrage over racial inequity in the United States as African Americans are suffering a disproportionate share of the negative health and economic outcomes from the coronavirus pandemic.

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