The shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a saintly “jogger,” by a white man in the South as he tried to take the man’s gun was used by the national press as George Floyd 0.9 in early May 2020 to whip up racial hatred, which exploded catastrophically later in the month in the Racial Reckoning.
Not surprisingly, it turns out that Arbery was not the ascetic long distance runner of instant media legend. From a document filed by the defense legal team:
Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 24-4-404(b), Travis and Greg McMichael offer the following evidence because it shows Mr. Arbery’s modus operandi, his motive, his preparation, his plan, his identity, and his intent, and thus, his absence of mistake to: use running or jogging as a cover to commit crimes against persons and the community; to steal; to commit burglary; to commit forcible felonies; and to either flee when challenged, confronted, or questioned by citizens or law enforcement about his conduct and / or to commit forcible felonies against citizens or law enforcement who challenge, confront, or question his conduct.
The following acts are relevant: . On March 14, 2013, security camera Video from South Georgia Technical College reveals Mr. Arbery provided a friend a pair of wire cutters to use as a weapon as he, the friend, and others waited for another group of men to appear. When the other group arrived, Mr. Arbery and the others engaged in a violent fight; .’
On December 3, 2013, Glynn County Police reports reveal Mr. Arbery unlawfully concealed a handgun into his waistband and tried to gain admission into a high school basketball game. Officers noticed the butt of the gun protruding from his waistband and ordered for him to stop. Mr. Arbery ran from police, which resulted in two officers sustaining injuries: one because Mr. Arbery scratched his arm to get away; the other because the officer fell and sustained injuries during his chase of Mr. Arbery. Also, the Chief of Police reported that as he chased Mr. Arbery in his vehicle, Mr. Arbery reached into his waistband as if searching for his firearm. Police eventually surrounded Mr. Arbery and charged him. He was later convicted for several felony and misdemeanor charges, including gun possession and obstruction; …
In June of 2018, 911 audio reveals Mr. Arbery’s mother, Wanda Jones, called 911 due to Mr. Arbery’s refusal to give Ms. Jones her car keys. She made the call from inside her car While Mr. Arbery stood outside her car. During her call to 911, she cautioned the operator that Mr. Arbery had a mental condition that had ”escalated” over time. Additionally, Ms. Jones told the officer that Mr. Arbery might get violent with the officers due to his mental illness, if they were too confrontational with Mr. Arbery or tried to arrest him or take him into custody;
5. On August 21, 2018, Burke County Witness reports and Burke County Office body cam Video reveals Mr. Arbery was caught by a stay-at-home mom who saw him in her backyard looking into the windows of her cars. She called police who found Mr. Arbery at his grandmother’s residence. Police officers arrived to give Mr. Arbery a trespass warning about his conduct and behavior. When confronted by the officers about the eye-witness report, he lied said he had ”gone running in the street,” and then became aggressive, confrontational, and repeatedly threatened that he would “whip the officer’s ass” if they didn’t leave him alone. He was not arrested;
6. On October 23, 2018, Burke County reports and Burke County officer body cam video reveal Mr. Arbery and two juveniles were confronted in a vacant mobile home by the Burke County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Arbery ran when confronted by the authorities. He was later caught and lied, stating he was just out running, when asked about being in the mobile home. He was charged with misdemeanor obstruction for running when given lawful commands to stop;
7. On December 1, 2018, Glynn County officer body cam video reveals Mr. Arbery was arrested, charged, and later convicted for felony shoplifting by entering a store and attempting to steal a television;
8. In 2019 and 2020, witness interviews reveal Mr. Arbery was seen by his own neighbors, removing screen from Windows and trying enter their homes through the windows. When confronted by the neighbors about his conduct and behavior, he appeared ”nervous or agitated” and ”trying to figure out where to go.” Then he said he was interested in buy[ing] the house but ”took off running. ” On the second occasion, the home owner observed Mr. Arbery trying to gain entrance through a door. They again tried to talk to Mr. Arbery but he would not speak or say anything, he simply ran away;
9. In 2019 and 2020, local convenience store Witness interviews reveal Mr. Arbery became known as ”the jogger” for his repeated conduct and behavior of running up, stretching in front in, and then entering several convenience stores where he would grab items and run out before he could be caught; and
10. In 2020, witness cell phone video reveals Mr. Arbery was confronted at a convenience store by employees about his theft conduct and behavior. Mr. Arbery, cornered about his thefts, chose to fight a man who worked on location at the adjacent truck stop who tried to confront him about it.
3. While counsel believes the following additional acts are intrinsic to the events on February 23, 2020 and explain why Mr. Arbery ran and why Travis and Greg McMichael pursued Mr. Arbery, and are, thus, not subject to the notice requirements of O.C.G.A. § 24-4-404(b) and USCR 31.1, counsel includes them in this notice out of an abundance of caution:
1. On October 25, 2019, home surveillance video at 220 Satilla Drive captures Mr. Arbery at night and in the dark canvassing the interior property and valuables contained within;
2. On November 18, 2019, home surveillance video at 220 Satilla Drive captures Mr. Arbery at night and in the dark canvassing the interior property and valuables contained Within;
3. On February 11, 2020, Witness testimony, 911 recordings, and home surveillance Video at 220 Satilla Drive details that Mr. Arbery was once again canvassing the interior and exterior property and valuables at night and that he ed after police were called.
WHEREFORE, Travis and Greg McMichael request that this Honorable Court hold an evidentiary hearing so that they can meet their burden for the aforementioned reasons.
What proportion of the most celebrated BLM martyrs have been dirtbags? Botham Jean, the law-abiding accountant shot dead in his own apartment by a confused policewoman who got off at the wrong floor, was by all accounts a good guy. A few of the others were screw-ups but not predatory criminals. But most of the real heroes of BLM have had track records of predation.
Is that simply a bug caused by the shortage of genuinely innocent black men murdered by the police? Or is that a feature? Maybe there’s a sort of rape fantasy angle to how the media keeps extolling black criminals?
But I don’t know.