The shooting of Ahmaud Arbery case is still developing. New information is out and seems to get released on a daily basis. The initial story is that he was jogging in a neighborhood, stopped by a home under construction out of curiosity, then wound up shot by two white men in a pickup truck who thought he was a burglary suspect. That’s the story mainstream media and leftist politicians are pushing. Which is of no surprise seeing as how it’s election time. And unfortunately, the push is working.
Black conservatives are getting hit especially hard over this case. Their opinions and the opinions of the black population majority are in sharp contrast. Ahmaud Arbery is a victim in the eyes of most. No amount of new evidence is going to change that. This is a shame because the evidence against Arbery is starting to rack up. Although all of the facts aren’t known, a lot of them are. And the facts are looking less and less in favor of the victim.
The initial story of Ahmaud being a jogger minding his own business does not appear to line up with reality. Video of Arbery on that Sunday afternoon spots him casually walking through a neighborhood, pausing once he gets to the now-infamous house, then sprinting inside the home. He is then shown inside the property, randomly looking around. In another video, someone is also spotted in the home, at night. That someone is most likely Ahmaud Arbery, although that’s not a confirmed fact yet.
Gregory and Travis McMichael may be well within their rights to follow and/or chase Ahmaud if they think he is a burglary suspect. In the state of Georgia, it’s legal to follow someone and call the police if you suspect in a case like this. It’s also legal to perform citizen arrests in Georgia. But that’s only if you witness them commit a felony or if intent to commit a felony can be proven.
The Waycross, Georgia DA suggested that there be no charges filed against either the elder McMichael or his son. Ahmaud Arbery did, in fact, attack at least one of them first. Yes, one could say that the father and son were overzealous in their pursuit of Arbery. After all, does “trespassing” warrant a “car chase” with guns? That’s a matter of personal opinion that has nothing to do with the law. According to the DA’s letter, Arbery grabbed the shotgun and may have pulled the trigger himself. On accident, of course. When a grand jury is presented with that video and advice found in the DA’s letter, how will they rule?
Talking media heads and random people online are calling for high murder charges against father and son McMichael. That is the same strategy that left people upset after George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. Americans are still innocent until proven guilty. Courtrooms are less about emotion and more about paperwork. What a person is accused of, charged with, and/or found guilty of are not always the same. Overcharging a person is just the same as not charging them. Justice won’t be served if there is any to serve.
Ahmaud Arbery’s case is still developing. More facts are coming out day by day. Once the Grand Jury commences, all facts will be on the table. Lawyers and judges will be involved. That is the appropriate time to reach conclusions. Not now.