2020-05-11 11:21:21

Arrests, But No Hate Crimes Charges In Ahmaud Arbery Killing



Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with Cedric King and Thea Brooks.

A 25-year old black man was killed in Georgia more than 2 months ago by a white father and his son for seemingly doing little more than going for a run in the suburban neighborhood of Santilla Shores.

Now 64-year old Gregory McMichael and his 34-year old son Travis have finally been arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery.

But those arrests came after Arbery’s family and local activists relentlessly demanded action and after the story of the young runner’s killing drew national headlines.

Georgia authorities say there will be no hate crimes charges in a case that has ignited tensions reminiscent of those that swept the nation after Trayvon Martin’s killing in Florida.

To honor Ahmaud on his birthday on Friday joggers all over the nation planned to run 2.23 miles to honor the young man under the banner of #IRunWithMaud.

Cedric King, is a local community leader based in Georgia, Thea Brooks, was the aunt to Ahmaud Arbery.

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