Thursday, May 7, 2020

Friday run to show solidarity after killing of Ahmaud Arbery

Posted By on Thu, May 7, 2020 at 2:19 PM

Outrage has built steadily over the past week about the Feb. 23 killing of Ahmaud Arbery, an African American man, by two white men who are seen on video tracking him down in their pickup truck and shooting him.

Tomorrow morning, May 8, on what would have been Arbery's 26th birthday, supporters of his family and civil rights advocates are encouraging people to "Run With Maud."

Running, jogging, walking, or even jogging in place are encouraged, all while observing social distancing.

"Our community here in Brunswick, GA, lost an avid runner on 2/23/2020, while out on a run Ahmaud Arbery’s life was taken away from us, by a group of men who falsely suspected him of wrong doing. Those men have not been arrested and the community is still searching for answers," organizers say.

"Please show your support as a runner, jogger, or walker and dedicate a 2.23 mile workout to Ahmaud Arbery, in your favorite place to run or walk, this Friday, May 8, 2020, which is Ahmaud’s birthday. Please post a short dedication, message or video, with the hashtag."

Recommended hashtags are #JusticeForAhmaud and/or #IRunWithMaud.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is only just now getting involved with the case, after weeks of inaction by the Glynn County Police Department, in whose jurisdiction the killing happened.

The GBI is technically prohibited from investigating a case unless requested by an elected official or district attorney; it was left to Liberty County District Attorney Tom Durden to do so earlier this week.

In a tweet, the GBI originally said that Glynn County Police only requested that the GBI investigate some threats against police and investigate who released the now-infamous video of the shooting.

A Glynn County grand jury will convene as soon as possible, given the pandemic, to consider charges against Gregory and Travis McMichael, the two men seen on video shooting Arbery during a struggle after they chased him down in the truck while he was on foot, unarmed.

Gregory McMichael is a former Glynn County Police officer and former investigator with the local District Attorney's office.

Police originally said the two men were justified in the killing since it was, in their judgment, done in self-defense — after they pulled the guns on Arbery, who was unarmed and on a public street, and who struggled with the men to keep from being shot.
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