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The Last Two Steps of Ahmaud Arbery's Life Are Right There in the Middle of the Street

快乐飞艇开奖appIf the video hadn’t appeared, his killing would have blended into all the other news in the world beyond our enforced personal isolation. Now there is a chance for justice.

brunswick, ga   may 07 a cross with flowers and a letter a sits at the entrance to the satilla shores neighborhood where ahmaud arbery was shot and killed  may 7, 2020 in brunswick, georgia arbery was shot during  a confrontation with an armed father and son on feb 23 photo by sean rayfordgetty images
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快乐飞艇开奖appThe last two steps of Ahmaud Arbery’s life are right there in the middle of the street. On the video of his killing, which is now ubiquitous on the Internet, those steps are the last of the dreadful and compelling images. Arbery takes two steps and and falls to the ground and then the video ends.

Local law enforcement did its damndest to bury this story. In a letter obtained by the , a local prosecutor wrote to a local police captain.

In a letter sent to a Glynn County police captain, Barnhill wrote that the three men were in “hot pursuit” of a burglary suspect with “solid, firsthand probable cause.”
“It appears their intent was to stop and hold this criminal suspect until law enforcement arrived,” Barnhill wrote. “Under Georgia law this is perfectly legal.” He references watching Bryan's video. While most have found it damning, Barnhill, who could not be reached for comment, wrote that the footage essentially exonerated the McMichaels. He said it shows Arbery, who was unarmed, attacking Travis McMichael, armed with a shotgun.

快乐飞艇开奖appThat was their story and they were going to stick to it. Arbery “resembled” a suspect in a string of housebreaks and Greg and Travis McMichael, the two men who confronted and shot Arbery, were simply a couple of good citizens doing their duty under Georgia law. And it might have worked, too. Call it the George Zimmerman loophole. But then the video, which was shot by another man who had joined in the pursuit, got out into the world, and everything changed. The horrible events therein became common property. A nation in which the population had been living aquarium lives suddenly saw the ugliness of the outside world dripping in through its various screens.

brunswick, ga   may 06 a marker stands in front of the historic glynn county courthouse may 6, 2020 in brunswick, georgia authorities are facing scrutiny over a recently released video that appears to show 25 year old ahmaud arbery being gunned down while jogging during a confrontation with an armed father and son on february 23 photo by sean rayfordgetty images
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快乐飞艇开奖appThat’s what changed and, if the video hadn’t appeared, Ahmaud Arbery’s killing would have simply blended into all the other news in the world beyond our enforced personal isolation. Hell, local law enforcement already had started an investigation—not into the shooting, but into the release of the video. Now there will be a real investigation, not some back-slapping farce between local sheriffs and local prosecutors. (The Glynn county district attorney had to recuse from the case because Greg McMichael had been a police officer and then an investigator for the DA’s office.) There is a chance for justice, a crack that lets the light in.

As the pandemic grinds on, it begins to devour the RAM in the minds of most people. It becomes a habit of being. Anything outside our new paradigm of living seems alien and just a bit unreal. Out There, a lot of people seem to be brandishing guns and more than a few of them are using them. Clerks are being shot for insisting that customers wear masks. Armed bands of citizens are wandering the halls of state governments. All the old fears and hatreds are new again because of the unexpected perspective that the pandemic has brought upon them. And here, on a road in Glynn County, Georgia, one of the oldest of the hatreds is acted out again. The taste of strange fruit has a sharp new edge to it, but the appetite for it lives on.

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