Ahmaud Arbery case: U.S. indicts 3 men on hate crime charges

Georgia men charged with hate crimes and attempted kidnapping of Ahmaud Arbery

According to reports, the three men behind the death of Ahmaud Arbery are now facing federal hate crime and attempted kidnapping charges concerning the slaying.

Travis McMichael and his father, Gregory, were charged along with a third man, William "Roddie" Bryan, with one count of interference with civil rights and attempted kidnapping.

The McMichaels are also charged with using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. "All three defendants have also been charged in a separate state proceeding with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony".

Arbery's mother Wanda Cooper sued the three men, Glynn County, police and others exactly one year after he was shot and killed in a federal complaint narrating her son's death.

Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan are seen in jail booking photos.

The McMichaels on February 23, 2020, armed themselves and pursued Arbery, who was out for his daily jog, after telling police officers they suspected he committed a burglary, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The McMichaels chased Arbery through a suburban neighborhood outside Brunswick, Ga., yelling at him, cutting off his jogging route with their truck and threatening him with guns.

"In addition to the hate-crime charges, Count Three alleges that all three defendants attempted to unlawfully seize and confine Arbery by chasing after him in their trucks in an attempt to restrain him, restrict his free movement, corral and detain him against his will, and prevent his escape".

PHOTO: In this May 29, 2020, file photo, a protestor holds up a photo of Ahmaud Arbery at a rally in Washington. They say Travis McMichael shot Arbery while fearing for his life as they grappled over a shotgun.

"Counts One and Two of the indictment allege that the defendants used force and threats of force to intimidate and interfere with Arbery's right to use a public street because of his race". When a video capturing the confrontation was leaked and posted online that May, sparking widespread outrage, the case investigation sped up.

Bryan's attorney also expressed disappointment in the Department of Justice's indictment.

"Roddie Bryan has committed no crime", the attorney, Kevin Gough, said in a statement. "We look forward to a fair and speedy trial, and to the day when Mr. Bryan is released and reunited with his family".

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