The evidence was “more than sufficient” to indict two white men for the murder of a young jogger black, said Friday the police of the u.s. State of Georgia, without wanting to explain why it had taken 74 days to stop.
Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34 years old, have been detained Thursday night for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, 25 years old, was killed on February 23, at Brunswick, in the south of the United States, the long-past segregationist.
The case has generated a lot of excitement in a country regularly rocked by racial violence.
Hundreds of protesters, their faces covered with masks to protect against the novel coronavirus, gathered outside the city court to demand justice. “Is that it is illegal to be black and go jogging?”, could you read one of the placards waved in the crowd.
Because of the pandemic, the mobilization has moved on to social networks, where internet users have multiplied the messages under photos in sports outfit with the hashtag #IRunWithMaud (“I’m running with Maud” – the nickname of the young man).
During a press conference, the police chief of Georgia, whose services were seized Tuesday evening in the folder after the broadcast of a video of the crime, believed that the elements to indict the two suspects were “more than sufficient”.
In 36 hours, his teams have carried out the arrest, has pointed out Vic Reynolds: “It means everything”.
The investigation is not completed and new arrests are possible, he added. The man who filmed the scene of interest include the investigators.
But the investigations will focus on murder only, has assured Mr. Reynolds, excluding interest, the reasons for which the local police and the prosecutors had not acted more quickly.
A video “disturbing”
According to the press, Gregory McMichael, a former police officer retired, has long worked as an investigator for the services of the local prosecutor. The first two prosecutors in charge of the case were dismissed, but the second one took many weeks to do so.
It is broadcast Tuesday a video of the crime, became viral, who relaunched the investigation.
On this recording, Ahmaud Arbery short along a road. Then he turned around a pick-up white, on which a man stands, he is stopped by a second man who grabbed him. We hear three shots.
The images have caused a shock wave and the mobilization of several personalities, including the star of basketball, LeBron James or actress Zoë Kravitz.
They are “very disturbing”, has also held the president Donald Trump during an interview Friday on channel Fox. “This is a situation very troubling”.
Gregory McMichael (left) and his son, Travis McMichael, were indicted for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, 25 years
According to the police report, Gregory McMichael ensures to have thought that Ahmaud Arbery was a burglar active in the district “”in the process of strutting” in front of him. It is said to be party to his pursuit with his son and weapons, and that the confrontation has gone wrong.
According to his family, the young man was simply doing a jog and was the victim of a racist crime.
Georgia is one of five States that do not provide for aggravating circumstances to the motives of racial hatred, and several voices, including stars of american football, have asked the federal justice department to intervene.