Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The Arbury Shooter faces tough questions; Rally of black pastors

BRUNSWICK, Georgia (AP) – The man who shot Ahmaud Arbury is being cross-examined by prosecutors on Thursday as a large group of black ministers were planning to hold a rally outside the courthouse in support of the Arbury family.

Travis McMichael returns to the witness stand a day after testifying that Arbury forced him to make an instant “life or death” decision by attacking him and grabbing a shotgun. McMichael’s testimony marked the first time that any of the three white men charged with Arbury’s murder have spoken out publicly about the murder.

He now faces aggressive interrogation by prosecutors who argue that McMichael and his father had no reason to arm and stalk Arbury when he ran past their Georgia home on February 23, 2020. The cross-examination is expected to be conducted by prosecutor Linda Dunikoski. …

Meanwhile, the Reverend Al Sharpton was planning to return Thursday for a rally with a large group of black ministers after a defense attorney heightened frustration with Georgia’s coastal community in Brunswick when he said he did not want “black pastors to sit any longer.” in a Glynn County courtroom with the Arbury family.

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Last week, Attorney Kevin Gough asked a judge to remove Sharpton from the trial, saying the civil rights activist was trying to sway the jury, which is disproportionately white. The judge refused and later called Gough’s remarks “reprehensible.”

The February 23, 2020 shooting amplified national protest over racial injustice after mobile footage of Arbury’s death was leaked online two months later.

McMichael and his father, Greg McMichael, armed themselves and chased Arbury in a pickup truck after he ran past their home from a nearby home under construction. A neighbor, William “Roddy” Brian, joined the chase in his truck and recorded a video.

The McMichells told police they suspected Arbury of robbery because security cameras had captured him several times in an unfinished house on their street.

Prosecutors say the men chased Arbury for five minutes and used their trucks to stop him from escaping their area before Travis McMichael shot him. They say there is no evidence that Arbury, who went to technical college to study electrician like his uncle, committed any crimes.

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