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Two men have been arrested and charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery

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Officials from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced that two men have been arrested and charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, according to CBS. The 25-year-old black man was unarmed and jogging when he was killed on February 23, igniting racial tensions across Georgia. According to the bureau, Arbery was confronted by Gregory McMichael and his son Travis who shot and killed him. Both Gregory, 64, and Travis, 34, were charged with murder and aggravated assault, and were taken into custody and will be booked into the Glynn County Jail. This decision comes a couple of days after a cellphone video surfaced that captured the last moments of Arbery’s life while he was jogging through the Brunswick neighborhood in February. ~

The only witness in the police report claims that McMichael told the investigators that he thought Arbery was a burglary suspect and told him to stop. McMichael claims that Arbery then “violently” attacked his son, and the two fought over the shotgun before Travis shot him twice. No charges were filed at the time. McMichael used to be a law enforcement officer who worked for the local district attorney. Due to conflicts of interest, the case is now on its third prosecutor, who said he will ask a grand jury to bring charges. Wanda Jones, Arbery’s mother, says that the cellphone footage of the incident proves that her son was not committing a crime. “He was out for his daily jog and he was hunted down like an animal and killed,” she said. “I’m hoping that all involved, they’re indicted and they go to jail.” ~

An online petition demanding justice for Arbery has gained almost 150,000 signatures as of Thursday after the video went viral earlier this week. The hashtag #IRunwithAhmaud began trending on Wednesday as more and more people shared their plans to run 2.23 miles, signifying the date he was killed, in Arbery’s honor on Friday, which would have been his 26th birthday. On Thursday, President Trump said he was expecting a full report on the Arbery case in the evening but had not seen the video. “My heart goes out to the parents and to the loved ones of the young gentleman,” he said at the White House. “It’s a very sad thing.” ~

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