Ahmaud Arbery family’s lawyer says Feds ‘launched criminal investigation into DAs and cops’ who ‘covered up’ killing – The Sun

THE LAWYER for Ahmaud Arbery's family has said the federal authorities have "launched a criminal investigation into the District Attorneys and cops" who "covered up" the killing.

During an interview on Monday with TMZ Live, Lee Merritt said that the US Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia told the family that they were looking at both civil and criminal action against the officials.

When asked if the Attorney spoke about investigations into the authorities, Merritt replied: "Yeah, they got into that specifically.

"…All citizens are supposed to get the same protection under the law, and this case makes it clear that all black citizens in South Georgia aren't getting the same protection under the law.

"Because if you shoot anybody in the street in broad daylight, just in general, you expect at least an arrest.

"There were no arrests made, we went for three months without any major arrests.

"So that's what they're asking themselves about now."

When asked if they're launching an investigation into the two District Attorneys as well as the police, Merritt replied: "That's correct.

"We're looking at George Barnhill for his defence of the McMichael's and his attempt at cover up.

"We're looking at Jackie Johnson because her local commissioner said that she instructed law enforcement not to make an arrest."

Arbery, 25, was jogging in the Satilla Shores neighborhood of Brunswick, Georgia, earlier this year when he was chased for four minutes and shot down.

No arrests were made until May 7, after the video was widely shared on social media, pushing it into the national spotlight and prompting widespread outrage.

Earlier this month, Gregory McMichael, 64 – a former Glynn County cop – and his son Travis, 34, were arrested over the shooting.

Both men were charged with felony murder, which means that a victim was killed during the commission of an underlying felony, in this case aggravated assault.

William "Roddie” Bryan Jr, 50, who filmed the video, was also booked on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment for capturing the footage.

The investigation led by local authorities had seemed to be stalled and, amid the national uproar, a prosecutor specially appointed last month asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to get involved.

The McMichaels had told police they pursued Arbery after spotting him running in their neighborhood, according to the initial police report.

They said they thought Arbery matched the description of someone caught on a security camera committing recent break-ins in the area.

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