Ahmaud Arbery

This is what I understand so far.

Ahmaud Arbery was 25 years old when he died of gunshot wounds.

He jogged. He also liked to look in at least one home still under construction.  This is a misdemeanor, but lots of people do this, including me. Nothing was ever stolen or damaged. The home where he did this is owned by a man who lives out of town, and he never reported any thefts or burglaries. The day he was shot he was only about 2 miles from his mother’s house.  There is footage of him looking at the house for about 3 minutes on the day he was jogging.  There is also footage showing that he looked at the construction site a few times at night. It’s not clear when or how the McMichaels obtained the footage (it’s not their house), or why the police were not called at the time. (According to ABC News Ahmaud’s mother says the night-time footage is not her son: https://abcnews.go.com/US/authorities-investigate-video-showing-ahmaud-arbery-prior-shooting/story?id=70600564 It’s the first news video.
Also in the timeline here- the description does not fit Arbery, who is taller, has a different hairstyle, etc https://abcnews.go.com/amp/US/events-leading-arrest-men-murder-ahmaud-arbery/story)

In his teens he got in trouble for some things- he went to a high school basketball game with a gun, and ran away when caught. He shoplifted two years ago.

McMichaels is an ex-cop who worked for the local law enforcement people. His son is in his thirties.  Seven weeks before Arbery died, they reported a burglary or theft it is the only burglary reported in the area in that time period.  A gun was stolen from an unlocked car parked in front of the house.


There were no other burglaries reported in all that time.

The McMichaels claim that there had a been a string of burglaries, multiple break-ins in their neighbourhood.  When they saw Arbery go into a local home under construction and come out 3 minutes later, they thought he looked like the burglar.  They grabbed their guns and called a friend to join them in chasing Arbery down.  They also called 911.

Incidentally, the citizen’s arrest statute in Georgia does not provide for calling a posse to assist you. Those involved need to have immediate knowledge of a crime being committed. Chasing a perpetrator down is allowed for a felony, not a misdemeanor.  Having your buddy or your dad say, “Come on, there’s a burglar out here lets get him!” is not covered by Citizen’s arrest. You are not a witness, you do not have immediate knowledge. So already, they are breaking the law.

There were two 911 calls, and it’s not clear who made which one (the names are redacted). In the first one of them the caller says

“There’s a guy in the house right now; it’s under construction,” the man told the dispatcher.

The man then gave her an address.

“And you said someone’s breaking into it right now?” the dispatcher asked.

“No,” the man replied, “it’s all open. It’s under construction … “

The man interrupted to say Arbery was leaving. “And there he goes right now.”

“Ok,” the dispatcher said, “What is he doing?”

“He’s running down the street,” the man said. The next sentence is garbled.

“That’s fine,” the dispatcher said. “I’ll get (police) out there. I just need to know what he was doing wrong. Was he just on the premises and not supposed to be?”

The next sentence is garbled. “And he’s been caught on camera a bunch at night. It’s kind of an ongoing thing. The man building the house has got heart issues. I think he’s not going to finish it.”

“Ok, that’s fine,” the dispatcher said. “And you said he was a male in a black T-shirt?”

“White T-shirt,” the man said. “Black guy, white T-shirt. He’s done run into the neighborhood again.”

So, again. He’s run in the neighbourhood before.  He’s already left the house (the footage shows he was there 3 minutes, nothing was taken). The man building the house doesn’t sound like he’s involved at all, nor does it even seem that he’s well known to the caller, who ‘thinks’ he’s not going to finish it. What any of that part of the conversation has to do with anything is beyond me, and the dispatcher isn’t clear on it, either.

The next call is probably McMichael’s.  Likely both of them are:

“I’m out here at Satilla Shores,” the man said. “There’s a black male running down the street.”

“Where at Satilla Shores?” the dispatcher asked.

“I don’t know what street we’re on,” the man replied.

“Stop!” he can be heard shouting. “Watch that. Stop, damn it! Stop!”

That call went blank for several minutes, with the dispatcher trying several times to reach the caller. The call eventually hangs up.

What appears to have happened is that after attempting to block off Ahmaud unsuccessfully the first time,  the elder McMichael climbed into the bed of the pickup truck with his gun, directed their friend who was following in his vehicle to go around and block off Ahmaud again, and then followed again, blocking Ahmaud and boxing him in.  He attempted to go around the truck and was blocked by one of the McMichaels, he went around and was blocked again, at which point he went for the younger McMichaels, who was blocking his path and holding a gun.  Whether you consider this self defense or an attack and McMichaels is the one defending himself is a polarizing proposition.

My feeling and belief is that Ahmaud feared for his life, did not want to die, but decided it was better to die fighting.  By the McMichael’s own report, he had already avoided one attempt to block his path, now they had two vehicles and two guns involved in blocking him in again, and I don’t see how Arbery is supposed to view that as a peaceful action with friendly, non-violent intent and not be terrified.  I can hardly breathe when I think of the desperation driving him to try to disarm one of hte men chasing him at that point.


You may disagree. What I cannot fathom is the mindset that turns what I see as an act of desperate courage into an indictment of Arbery as some sort of criminal  Call it dumb or foolish, and I vehemently disagree but can barely understand it.  Call it an action proving he’s a criminal and I am utterly gobsmacked and a bit sickened.

“Georgia law says a person can kill in self-defense “only if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury … or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.” The law also says a person who provokes an attack or acts as “the aggressor” can’t claim self-defense.” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ahmaud-arbery-parents-demand-arrests_n_5eb432c1c5b646b73d29444e

I think the provokers were the ones carrying weapons and blocking Arbery’s path repeatedly.

“After the fatal shooting, Gregory McMichael told responding police that “there have been several break-ins in the neighborhood … “ the police report said.

Only one burglary, an automobile burglary, was reported to county police in the Satilla Shores neighborhood between Jan. 1 and Feb. 23, according to documents obtained by The News in a public records request to the Glynn County Police Department. It involved a Smith & Wesson M&P 9 mm pistol stolen Jan. 1 from a pickup truck outside 230 Satilla Drive, the home of Travis McMichael, according to the police report.

Gregory McMichael moved the 2011 Ford F-150 from one spot to another in front of the home at around 9:30 a.m. Jan. 1, forgetting to lock it afterward, Travis McMichael told police. About an hour later, Travis McMichael found the handgun’s empty holster on the unlocked truck’s seat, the report said.”

While people are dragging up Arbery’s teen-age wrong doings, I think it’s fair to point out that what McMichael’s jr did this very year was an incredibly negligent and irresponsible thing to do as a gun 0wner- leaving a weapon on the seat of your unlocked vehicle, parked on the street is just flagrant disregard for basic gun safety.

McMichael’s claim about several break-ins appears to be… false.
Trespassing is a misdemeanor. My reading of the Georgia law on citizen’s arrest is that you can detain somebody for a misdemeanor that you witnessed, but you can only chase them when they have already left the premises for a felony. You need to know they committed that felony.  Thinking they committed a felony because of grainy footage you saw a few months ago in a burglary that didn’t happen isn’t quite it.

There had been no felonies committed, no burglaries reported.  I have to wonder why the McMichaels lied about this.  In the previous October the same young black man had been filmed several times at night in the house under construction.  He doesn’t look like Ahmaud and he doesn’t fit the description, ABC confirms. The homeowner said nothing was taken, but he did tell the police the same person was trespassing.  He said he never used the world burglary.

AFter the shooting, there was a scant investigation and the prosecutor and DA said no charges needed to be filed, it was clearly self-defense by McMichaels Jr.  Ahmaude btw, was shot three times. The third time seems to have been when he was already falling down. His father says his son only shot twice, but there are three bullets in Arbery.  I get that in the excitement and noise and drama he may have missed one of the shots.

The prosecutor recused himsef, but only after saying no charges should be filed. “In Barnhill’s memo, he said the video shows Arbery attacking Travis McMichael which led to a tussle over McMichael’s shot gun. He suggests that it’s unclear who pulled the trigger leading to Arbery’s death.

“Arbery’s mental health records and prior convictions help explain his apparent aggressive nature and his possible thought pattern to attack an armed man,” Barnhill wrote. ”  He had no violent record. Barnhill called ‘justifiable homicide” and then recused himself, which is weird.

This first ‘investigation’ claimed Arbery was shot in the palm, proving he attacked and went for the gun. The autopsy says he had a graze wound on his wrist and two shots to the chest. While there have been many claims around social media that we wasn’t wearing jogging attire, even a photoshopped picture purporting to show him in boots, he was wearing a white t-shirt, cargo shorts, and athletic shoes. People do jog in clothes like that.n

Updated to note- This piece of information is one of the most egregious aspects of how the officials handled Ahmaud Arbery’s death. It infuriates me, as it should every mother.  It’s absolutely indisputably without excuse. On the Wednesday when Ahmaud’s mother was informed of his death, a Glynn County detective told her that Arbery had been involved in a burglary and was confronted by a homeowner who shot him. Not a word of that was true.  The detective had no evidence of a burglary.  He knew perfectly well Arbery was shot in the public road, and that McMichaels was not the homeowner.

The video was released about two months later, the state reviewed it and arrested the McMichaels within 48 hours. The video was released by a local defense attorney who was not retained by the McMichaels. It’s not clear why he had it. One report says he got it from the man who took the footage, a neighbour of McMichaels Jr, who had been called in to join them in hot pursuit of their burglary suspect. (worth noting that the neighbour says he just filmed it, he was not part of the chase, he is not a vigilante, and he has no involvement except as a bystander. This is nto what McMichaels said, so I don’t know, but we do know McMichaels has several lies under his belt now).

The commissioners say the police wanted to arrest immediately but the DA said no (she’d worked with McMichaels’ Sr.)  She says that’s totally false, the police never claimed they wanted to arrest anybody and she didn’t talk to them anyway.  Three employees and the Commissioners say that’s false.  The DA seems to have quite a history of deadly corruption. https://hotair.com/archives/taylormillard/2020/05/10/finger-pointing-begins-ahmaud-arbery-case/


This is one of the clearest arguments on this case that I have seen: https://danaloesch.com/the-killing-of-ahmaud-arbery/  If I’d read it first I just would have posted the link. I didn’t though. I didn’t see it until I’d written out all of the above.








The Ahmaud Arbery case looks even worse after reading the DA’s explanation for not filing charges

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  1. MotherWit
    Posted May 12, 2020 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for chasing down all that information. It’s so hard to know what’s what these days w/o hours of research and knowing where to look. So many assumptions, lies, and people repeating things they know nothing about. God have mercy.

  2. Lisa Beth W.
    Posted May 14, 2020 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    What a tragic, horrible thing. The injustice makes me boil. And it can never be fixed in this life. So many people are so, so careless about human life.

  3. Cat
    Posted May 14, 2020 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Here’s an armed mob in NC, including an off duty sheriff’s deputy in uniform, terrorizing a young man at his home. Thank goodness the deputy was fired, and I’d like to see action taken against the others involved.


    My black male friends tell me they are scared to wear masks (for COVID) when they are out, because a black man in a mask draws attention and puts people on alert. One friend shops and makes deliveries for an online service since he was laid off, and he does all his shopping and delivering without a mask, even though he he’s worried that he’s putting himself and his elderly father at risk. He’s too scared to wear a mask while black, just as Ahmed Aubree was guilty of running while black.

  4. Marianne
    Posted May 15, 2020 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    More perspective on the story.


    • Headmistress
      Posted May 16, 2020 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

      No offense, but I don’t do podcasts and almost never do youtubes because I can read faster and don’t have the attention span for audio. If you would summarize it for me, that would be great.

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