For Merritt, the delay spoke to other truths about how local law enforcement tried to dismiss Arbery after Gregory McMichael allegedly first told police he pursued the victim because he believed Arbery resembled a burglary suspect.
"They went into a deep dive of the victim and they pulled up everything that could be used to diminish his character, although it had nothing to do with the facts of the case," Merritt says. "And we see that over and over and over again in the American criminal justice system."
"There is a race problem embedded deeply inside the American criminal justice system that this case has exposed," he says.
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