Three men are facing federal charges for hate crimes for the 2020 assassination of Amhmaud Arbery that helped spark anti-racist protests.
Three white men from the state of Georgia in the United States pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges of hate crimes related to the death of Amhmaud Arbery, a black man who was killed last year while running.
Arbery crossed a coastal community in southern Georgia, outside the city of Brunswick in February 2020 when the three men, Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, chased him and killed him.
The men later told police they thought he was a thief and were looking to arrest a citizen.
But U.S. authorities have assumed Travis McMichael had done so earlier has sent racist messages, delving into the role of racism in murder, and last month led the U.S. Department of Justice hate crime and attempted kidnapping charges against men.
Each of the files three filed a plea of not guilty on Tuesday during an appearance before Federal Magistrate Judge Benjamin W Cheesbro in the U.S. Southern District Court in Brunswick.
The McMichaels and Bryan are already facing charges of homicide, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a crime.
Ashmaud’s father, Marcus Arbery Sr., told reporters on Tuesday that he was happy to hear about the charges.
He welcomed the federal investigation, saying it was “a great relief for our family, because we know [we are close to] to get justice for my son ”.
Civil rights defenders have accused U.S. authorities of delaying seeking justice in the case, with no arrests for ten weeks after the incident, and only after video footage of the shooting posted on social media sparked outrage. public.
Arbery’s death prompted a lawsuit weeks before George Floyd was assassinated by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25 last year.
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Chauvin, who held his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, was found guilty of manslaughter and homicide in a much-seen trial in Minneapolis that concluded last month.
Chauvin’s conviction has given hope to activists and politicians who want to reform the police. His sentence is scheduled for June.
Former officer Eric Nelson’s lawyer has filed a motion for a new trial, though he cited the alleged misconduct of the prosecutor and the jury, including a jury that did not reveal he had traveled to Washington, DC, to attend a Black Lives Matter rally after Floyd’s death. .