State attorney general wants federal investigation into shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery

Georgia’s attorney general has officially called for an investigation into the handling of the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man.

Attorney General Chris Carr said his office is “committed to a complete and transparent review” of how the case was handled from the beginning, and that they are requesting the U.S. Department of Justice investigate.

“The family, the community and the state of Georgia deserve answers, and we will work with others in law enforcement at the state and federal level to find those answers,” he said in a news release on Sunday.

Arbery’s Feb. 23 shooting death ignited outrage after a video of the incident was circulated widely last week.

Soon after the video surfaced, two men were arrested and charged with murder — more than two months after Arbery’s death.

Gregory McMichael, 64, and Travis McMichael, 34, are also facing charges of aggravated assault in relation to the armed pursuit and shooting of the young man, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) announced in a statement last week.

There were no arrests made till May 7. Neither man was arrested or charged after the shooting, to which they have both admitted.

The father and son — both white — had told police they thought Arbery was a suspected burglar who had targeted homes in their neighbourhood located on the outskirts of Brunswick, Ga. But the young man’s mother has said Arbery was out for a daily jog.

— With files by Global News reporter Sean Boynton, The Associated Press

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