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Lawyer for Ahmaud Arbery’s family says he was ‘was chased for FOUR MINUTES’ he was shot dead

The lawyer for Ahmaud Arbery’s family said the 25-year-old was chased for four minutes before being gunned down by a white father and son in February. 

According to attorney S. Lee Merritt, the initial video that was leaked by Brunswick attorney Alan Tucker and revealed Arbery’s last moments on February 23 is much longer. 

Merritt confirmed to Fox News on Monday that the new video shows William Bryan, who recorded the shooting, Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, chasing Arbery for four minutes while he was jogging in the Satilla Shores neighborhood near Brunswick, Georgia. 

No other information has been released regarding the extended video, but Arbery’s family is expected to release a statement today.   

  

Arbery, 25, was killed while jogging in Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23

According to attorney, S. Lee Merritt (left), who is representing the Arbery family, the initial video that was leaked by Brunswick attorney Alan Tucker and revealed Ahmaud Arbery’s (right) last moments on February 23,shows the McMichaels chasing Arbery for four minutes 

Shocking cellphone video captured the moment the McMichaels confronted Arbery in the street

In the footage Travis is seen engaging in a physical fight with Arbery before shooting him with a shotgun

Shocking cellphone video captured the moment Gregory and Travis McMichael confronted Arbery in the street. In the footage Travis is seen engaging in a physical fight with Arbery before shooting him with a shotgun

This map shows the February 23 encounter between Arbery and the McMichaels

This map shows the February 23 encounter between Arbery and the McMichaels

Arbery was killed February 23 after the father and son trailed him in their white pick-up truck after he jogged past their yard. 

The elder McMichael told police he suspected Arbery was responsible for recent break-ins in the neighborhood. 

But local police have said there have been no break-ins in the area for the last couple of months. 

The video fueled a national outcry not just over the killing but also that more than two months passed before arrests were made. 

The McMichaels have been jailed on murder charges since May 7. 

Merritt took to Twitter on Saturday to share that local police had given a property owner the retired officer’s number in December to report when people were on his property. 

Gregory McMichael

Travis McMichael

Arbery was killed February 23 after Gregory McMichael (left), and his son Travis McMichael (right) pursued him when he jogged past their yard just outside the port city of Brunswick

An officer with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is seen leading 34-year-old Travis McMichael out of the home in handcuff

This image shows the moment Gregory McMichael (pictured) was arrested on May 7

Officers with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are seen arresting both McMichaels on May 7

‘Police told the homeowner where #AhmaudArbery was last seen to contact Greg McMichael if his cameras caught someone on his property,’ he said in the Saturday tweet. 

‘McMichael in turn gathered a posse & began hunting for Ahmaud, or someone who fit his description, catching up with him on 2/23/20 – killing him.’ 

Attorney Franklin Hogue, hired to defend Gregory McMichael along with his law partner wife, said more details would be revealed at a preliminary court hearing that he plans to request soon.

‘The truth will reveal this is not just another act of violent racism,’ Franklin Hogue told a news conference outside the couple’s Macon office. 

‘Greg McMichael did not commit murder. Greg McMichael is not a party to the crime of murder.’

L. Chris Stewart, an attorney also representing Arbery’s family, derided the older McMichael for having possession of the video. 

‘He had that tape by himself. He delivered it. We have questions about the length of it,’ the lawyer said. 

He later added: ‘I have no doubt that Mr. McMichael and his son believe what he did was OK. It just wasn’t. Travis never should have gotten that shotgun. That is significant.’  

‘What was he doing wrong?’ 911 operator confused by caller’s description of a purported crime that a man was in a house that was under construction 

During the 911 call that was placed just before the McMichaels pursued Arbery on February 23, the dispatcher asked the caller: ‘You said someone’s breaking into it right now?’ 

‘No, it’s all open. It’s under construction,’ the caller says, ‘And he’s running right now. There he goes right now.’

The dispatcher says she’ll send police, but ‘I just need to know what he was doing wrong’.

Protesters gather outside the Glynn County Courthouse during a rally to protest Arbery's killing on Saturday

Protesters gather outside the Glynn County Courthouse during a rally to protest Arbery’s killing on Saturday

The crowd marched away from the courthouse, taking a knee in silence and blocking traffic for more than 60 seconds to symbolize the days it took for arrests in the case

The crowd marched away from the courthouse, taking a knee in silence and blocking traffic for more than 60 seconds to symbolize the days it took for arrests in the case

A second call comes in six minutes later: ‘I’m out here in Satilla Shores. There’s a black male running down the street.’

The operator is trying to get more details when a man yells: ‘Stop. … Damnit. Stop.’ Then, after a pause, the man yells: ‘Travis!’

According to the police report, Gregory McMichael said he saw a person he suspected of burglary ‘hauling ass’ down the street. 

He and his son Travis grabbed their guns, hopped into their pickup truck and chased him down.

Gregory McMichael told police they wanted to talk to Arbery and tried to corner him, but Arbery began to ‘violently attack’ Travis McMichael, the report says. 

The two fought over the shotgun, and Arbery was shot. The McMichaels claimed self-defense.

Police called the district attorney’s office, where Gregory McMichael had worked for more than two decades, for advice, and they were released.

Arbery’s mother got a call from an investigator.

‘He went on to say that Ahmaud was involved in a burglary, and in the midst of the burglary he was confronted by the homeowner, and in the midst of that confrontation, there was a fight over the firearm and Ahmaud was shot and killed,’ Wanda Cooper-Jones told The Associated Press.

Checkered past of law enforcement in Brunswick as cops face numerous lawsuits and increasing scrutiny

Just days after Arbery’s killing, Glynn County Police Chief John Powell and three former high-ranking officers were indicted in what investigators described as a cover-up of an officer’s sexual relationship with an informant.

Officers calling the DA for guidance is not unusual. But there´s disagreement over what happened next.

Just days after Arbery's killing, Glynn County Police Chief John Powell (pictured) and three former officers were indicted in what officials described as a cover-up of an officer's sexual relationship with an informant

Just days after Arbery’s killing, Glynn County Police Chief John Powell (pictured) and three former officers were indicted in what officials described as a cover-up of an officer’s sexual relationship with an informant 

Peter Murphy, an elected commissioner in Glynn County, alleged that the DA’s office told police arrests weren’t necessary.

The district attorney’s office calls that a ‘malicious lie’ and says it was police who raised the self-defense angle.

Police say they were told the day of the shooting that more follow-up was needed but the McMichaels weren’t flight risks and could go home.

A second prosecutor brought in after the first recused herself quickly decided no charges were necessary. He was eventually removed over his own conflict of interest.

J. Tom Morgan, a former metro Atlanta district attorney, said it would be a ‘big misstep’ for the DA to advise police against arrests if officers decided a crime likely occurred.

‘I can’t imagine saying “stand down” … If police believe they have probable cause, I’m not going to second-guess them,’ Morgan said.

In any homicide, it’s important to interview witnesses immediately. If that was delayed because officers were told not to make arrests, it could make it harder for prosecutors to bring a successful murder case and easier for defense lawyers to argue the crime scene was tainted.

Bowling Green State University criminologist Philip Stinson said it appears investigators started with an assumption of justified shooting.

‘Because of all of the assumptions that are made, all of the steps in the investigation that are not taken, they made the job much more difficult for the AG’s office,’ Stinson said.

Glynn County Police Department has been plagued with multiple scandals with 17 lawsuits against the force in the last decade

Glynn County Police Department has been plagued with multiple scandals with 17 lawsuits against the force in the last decade 

TIMELINE OF BOTCHED HANDLING OF AHMAUD ARBERY’S CASE

February 23: Ahmaud Arbery is shot dead in the street in Brunswick, Georgia. 

Gregory and Travis McMichael had gone out in their car with guns to chase him because they mistook him for a burglar. 

When they caught up to him, Travis got out of the car. 

Jackie Johnson recused herself because McMichael used to work in her office

Jackie Johnson recused herself because McMichael used to work in her office 

Gregory says they told Arbery that they wanted to talk to him and that he attacked Travis. 

A struggle ensued and Travis fired his gun twice, killing Ahmaud, 25. 

February 24: Detectives meet with George Barnhill, a district attorney from a neighboring judicial circuit, because the local district attorney planned to recuse herself because Gregory McMichael previously worked for her. 

Barnhill tells police he believes the shooting was justifiable and tells them to continue investigating. 

February 27: State Attorney General Chris Carr appoints Barnhill to handle the case after local District Attorney Jackie Johnson recused herself. 

Carr has said he was unaware that Barnhill had already talked to police and offered an opinion on the case 

George Barnhill said Ahmaud initiated the fight

George Barnhill said Ahmaud initiated the fight 

Johnson, the Brunswick District Attorney, stepped down from the case because Gregory McMichael used to work in her office as an investigator. 

Barnhill at first said he didn’t think the case merited charges because the McMichaels were acting lawfully by trying to carry out a citizen’s arrest, which is legal in Georgia. 

He also said that the video ‘shows’ Arbery reaching for Travis’ gun. 

The first shot is fired however when the pair are out of frame. 

When the camera panned back to them, they were struggling again to the side of the vehicle. 

Barnhill said Travis was standing his ground by firing three shots which hit Arbery. 

April 1: Glynn County police receive the autopsy results and send them to Barnhill.

Barnhill recused himself because his son, also called George Barnhill, works in the office where McMichael used to

Barnhill recused himself because his son, also called George Barnhill, works in the office where McMichael used to 

April 3: Barnhill writes a letter to police saying he plans to recuse himself because his son used to work with Gregory McMichael but also reiterates that he believes there is not sufficient probable cause to arrest the McMichaels.

April 7: Barnhill asks the attorney general to replace him in the case.

April 13: The attorney general appoints Tom Durden, another district attorney from the region, to take over the case.  

May 5:  Tom Durden is the third prosecutor to have the case come across his desk. 

He said that his office would approach it without prior prejudice.  

This week, he announced that he would not make a decision on whether or not to charge, and that he wants to convene a grand jury to take it on. 

The case was given to Joyette Holmes on May 11

The case was given to Joyette Holmes on May 11 

May 7: The GBI announced that it was bringing charges of murder and aggravated assault against the Gregory and Travis.

May 8: On what would have been Arbery’s 26th birthday, several hundred people gather outside the Glynn County courthouse to protest and sing “Happy Birthday” in his honor. 

The McMichaels have their initial court appearances. 

May 10: Georgia attorney general asks the US Department of Justice to investigate the handling of the case. 

May 11: Department of Justice says it is weighing hate crime charges against the McMichaels. 

Georgia’s Attorney General Chris Carr orders the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conduct a federal probe into why it took 74 days for the men to be arrested. 

The case is also given to Joyette Holmes, a black prosecutor.

May 12 – Georgia attorney general asks the GBI to investigate possible prosecutorial misconduct by Waycross DA George Barnhill and Brunswick DA Jackie Johnson.

May 14 – Defense attorneys announce that they’ve been hired to defend the McMichaels.

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