The ex-cop who appeared on video with his son where one of them shot dead Ahmaud Arbery leaked the video of the 25-year-old jogger’s last moments because ‘he thought it would exonerate him’.
Brunswick attorney Alan Tucker – who made headlines when he revealed himself to be the one who released the video of the February 23 killing – claimed Greg McMichael wanted to use the video to clear up rumors circulating in the community after the shooting.
Tucker, who said his parents live in the Satilla Shores area in Georgia where the shooting occurred, also hoped the video would ease racial tension in the community.
Gregory McMichael (left) is said to have released the video of the February 23 killing of Arbery Ahmaud because he wanted to clear rumors circulating in the community. He and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, (right) have been jailed on murder charges since May 7
Brunswick attorney Alan Tucker said that he helped release the video because he ‘didn’t want the neighborhood to become a Ferguson’
‘I didn’t want the neighborhood to become a Ferguson,’ Tucker explained to WSB-TV.
Tucker said that Greg McMichael had brought the video, along with others, to his office beacause he wanted help to get them to a talk show host at a local Brunswick radio station.
The older McMichael went to his lawyer pal as a friend and not as a potential client, the attorney said.
Tucker told the local station that the ‘young man (Arbery) did not deserve to be shot’ but would not comment on the charges brought against his friend or Travis McMichael.
Arbery, 25, was killed while jogging in Brunswick, Georgia. Travis and Gregory McMichael trailed him in their pick-up truck, allegedly believing he was responsible for a spate of robberies in the neighborhood
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
The video fueled a national outcry not just over the killing but also that more than two months passed before arrests were made
A map showing the Feb. 23 encounter between Arbery and the McMichaels
‘There was no reason in the world for Travis to pull a shotgun out of a damn truck. None,’ Tucker added.
But in an interview with Inside Edition, earlier in the month, Tucker was singing a different tune.
‘I really thought releasing the video would put the truth out to the public,’ Tucker stated.
‘If he [Arbery] had just froze and hadn’t done anything, then he wouldn’t have been shot.’
Arbery was killed February 23 after the father and son pursued him when he jogged past their yard just outside the port city of Brunswick.
The McMichaels have been jailed on murder charges since May 7.
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.
L. Chris Stewart, an attorney representing Arbery’s family, derided the older McMichael for having possession of the video
An officer with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is seen leading 34-year-old Travis McMichael out of the home in handcuff
Exclusive photos show the moment Gregory McMichael (pictured) and his son Travis McMichael were arrested at their home in Brunswick, Georgia, on Thursday
S. Lee Merritt, a lawyer representing the Arbery family, 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.
‘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 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.’
S. Lee Merritt, a lawyer representing the Arbery family, 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
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
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.
Late February – First prosecutor recuses herself
Jackie Johnson, the Brunswick District Attorney, stepped down from the case because Gregory used to work in her office as an investigator.
Mid-April – Second prosecutor says he won’t press charges, then recuses himself
George Barnhill said Ahmaud initiated the fight
George Barnhill was given the case.
He at first said he did not think it 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.
Barnhill recused himself because his son, also called George Barnhill, works in the office where McMichael used to
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.
He later had to recuse himself after it emerged that his son works in the Brunswick District Attorney’s Office, where Gregory served.
May 5 – Third prosecutor passes it on to grand jury
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.
May 7 – Georgia Bureau of Investigation files charges
The GBI announced that it was bringing charges of murder and aggravated assault against the Gregory and Travis on May 7.
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.
Woman whose brother and father have been charged with murder of Ahmaud Arbery insists they are not racist because they ‘loved’ her non-white boyfriends – and says she is scared for her life after receiving death threats
A white woman whose brother and father have been charged with murdering black jogger Ahmaud Arbery insists the pair are not racist and says the killing ‘was not a lynching’.
Lindsay McMichael, 30, was inside in her pajamas when her father Gregory, 64, and brother Travis, 34, shot and killed Arbery, 25, down the road from their Brunswick, Georgia home on February 23.
Lindsay told The Sun on Saturday that she does not believe Arbery’s slaying was racially motivated, claiming that her father and brother have ‘loved’ all her non-white boyfriends.
‘I have never dated anyone of the same race since I was 19 years old and my father and my brother have loved every person that I’ve ever dated like they were their own son or brother.
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‘These are people that I have brought home, that my sweet mama has cooked for and given everything to’.
Lindsay continued: ‘They’re not monsters. This wasn’t a lynching. Do I think mistakes were made? Absolutely, but look back on your life how many mistakes have you made?’
Lindsay McMichael is speaking out for the first time after her father, Gregory, and brother, Travis, were charged with murder over the February 23 shooting of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery
Gregory and Travis trailed Ahmaud Arbery in their white pick-up truck on February 23, before shooting him. The pair allege they thought Arbery was responsible for robberies in their neighborhood.
Lindsay says she rushed outside when she heard gunshots down the street, and recalled the harrowing scene in her interview with The Sun.
‘I ran out to see what was going on…I had no idea. There was a firefighter I knew so I made a beeline to him and asked, ‘Are my father and brother okay?’ and he said yes.’
Linday says she saw Travis’ clothes splattered with Arbery’s blood, and saw terror in his face.
‘I’ve seen my brother in his happiest moments – I was there when his child was born and I’ve seen him in distress and I know that look… it wasn’t like some glory thing, like ‘I stalked and then got the kill that I was hoping for’.
‘It was absolute f***king panic… I really do believe that things just escalated so fast.’
‘I don’t think it was vigilante justice. Travis had a weapon stolen. My mom’s car had been rifled through. I think they just thought ‘Let’s apprehend this guy’.’
Video footage which showed Gregory and Travis embroiled in a scuffle with Arbery before they fatally shot him sparked national outrage after it was published on social media earlier this month.
Racial tensions in Georgia are running high in the aftermath of murder charges which were filed against Gregory and Travis last week.
Lindsay called for calm in her interview with The Sun, stating: ‘Here in the country of the United States, it is innocent until proven guilty’.
‘I get it that people are angry. But let it all [the complete evidence] come out, please, for the love of God and then we’ll figure things out after that.
‘If things were done that were nefarious or wrong, fine, but let it come out first.’
Linday says that both she and her 61-year-old mom have been subject to violent threats.
Anonymous people have allegedly threatened to ‘murder and rape’ the pair.
‘We’re not not the ones on trial here – my dad and my brother are,’ she stated.