One of the multiple viral videos depicting the death of a Black man this year showed the shooting that mortally wounded Ahmaud Arbery while he was out jogging.
An update on Wednesday confirmed that three men have been indicted on criminal charges related to Arbery’s murder, the Washington Examiner reported.
Arbery’s death enraged the nation prior to the emergence of footage depicting George Floyd’s death last month that sparked widespread civil unrest and protests.
Father and son facing charges
According to Arbery’s family, he was out running in February when he was fatally shot in an attack caught on camera by a man who claimed he just happened to be traveling in the area at the time. Court records, however, show that the man, William Bryan, is among those charged in the case, as reported by Axios.
The other suspects are 64-year-old Greg McMichael and his son, 34-year-old Travis McMichael. Bryan was reportedly in a truck behind them, capturing the incident on video.
Reports indicate the McMichaels claimed to have been out in their neighborhood looking for someone who had been robbing houses in the area and believed Arbery fit the description.
The victim reportedly approached their vehicle at which time the father and son attempted to initiate a citizen’s arrest. When a struggle ensued, several gunshots were heard just before Arbery collapsed at the site of the confrontation.
A subsequent investigation linked Bryan to the crime, according to prosecutors.
“Another step forward”
“This is another step forward in seeking justice for Ahmaud,” Cobb County District Attorney Joyette Holmes said, according to the Examiner. “Our team from the Cobb Judicial Circuit has been committed to effectively bringing forward the evidence in this case, and today was no exception.”
Civil rights activists have spent weeks advocating for criminal action against those responsible for Arbery’s death.
The three defendants are expected to face a total of four felony murder counts, two aggravated assault counts, and one count each of malice murder, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
As America remains mired in protests and division stemming from concerns about racial inequality, the pursuit of justice against those allegedly responsible for this death will hopefully provide some movement toward national reconciliation.