Arbery was killed on Feb. 23 in a neighborhood outside the city of Brunswick, Georgia, but no one has been arrested or charged in his death. A Georgia prosecutor called for a grand jury to review the case on Tuesday and to decide if criminal charges are warranted.
A video reportedly of Arbery’s shooting has ricocheted around social media, prompting an outcry. The video shows a black man jogging before attempting to pass a truck with two men. A gunshot is heard in the video, and then a scuffle ensues between the jogger and one of the men.
According to a police report of the incident obtained by the Associated Press, Gregory McMichael, one of the men in the truck, told police officers Arbery had attacked his son after they had asked him to stop. McMichael said he thought the man they stopped was suspected of committing a burglary in the neighborhood.
A statement released by S. Lee Merritt, an attorney representing Arbery’s mother Wanda Cooper, said a “false narrative” had been created that the video disproved.
“Mr. Arbery had not committed any crime and there was no reason for these men to believe they had the right to stop him with weapons or to use deadly force in furtherance of their unlawful attempted stop. This is murder,” Merritt said.
In a tweet, Biden said Arbery was “killed in cold blood” and asked for a “swift, full, and transparent investigation into his murder.”
Shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery:What we know about the video, grand jury and arrests