Alleged cellphone video of Georgia shooting sparks outrage
In Georgia, the parents of a black man slain by two white men armed with guns called for immediate arrests yesterday as they faced the prospect of waiting a month or longer before a grand jury considers charges, the AP reports.
The state of play: The mother of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, Wanda Cooper Jones, told reporters her son "was just out for his daily jog."
- The men who pursued him told police they suspected he had committed a recent burglary.
The father and son acknowledged they grabbed guns and pursued Arbery in a truck after seeing him running.
- They haven't been arrested. The father is a retired investigator for the county district attorney's office.
A swelling outcry over the Feb. 23 shooting was bolstered by a cellphone video that, according to lawyers for Arbery's family, shows the killing.
- Following the video's release, demonstrators marched in the neighborhood.
- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation opened an investigation, which the state's Republican governor and attorney general pledged to support.
Joe Biden tweeted: "The video is clear: Ahmaud Arbery was killed in cold blood. My heart goes out to his family, who deserve justice and deserve it now. It is time for a swift, full, and transparent investigation into his murder."