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‘You had no choice’: How ex-cop father consoled son who shot dead Ahmaud Arbery


The trial in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery (pictured) continues Wednesday morning in Georgia court

The trial in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery continues Wednesday morning in Georgia court after the jury was presented with three days of witness testimony and graphic police evidence.

Officer-worn body camera footage presented in court this week showed the moments immediately following Arbery’s death, including how the gunman’s father consoled him after he shot the black jogger.

‘You had no choice,’ ex-cop Gregory McMichael, 65, told his son, Travis McMichael, 35, as he placed his hands on his son’s shoulders. 

Arbery, 25, is shown on the ground bleeding after having been shot three times.

The scene was captured on former Glynn County police officer Ricky Minshew’s body-worn camera. 

Minshew was the first officer to respond to scene and, as he testified Monday, did not render medical aid to Arbery because there was ‘no way’ to do so safely. 

Arbery's body is shown lying on the concrete on February 23, 2020

Arbery’s body is shown lying on the concrete on February 23, 2020

Body camera footage presented in court Tuesday, which had been worn by Officer Jeff Brandeberry, revealed that the elder McMichael would have shot the black jogger had his son not done so. 

‘To be perfectly honest with you, if I could have gotten a shot at the guy, I’d have shot him myself,’ McMichael said, according to a transcript of Brandeberry’s body-camera footage that was read aloud.

McMichael added: ‘This ain’t no shuffler. This guy’s an a**hole.’  

Glenn County Police Detective Parker Marcy also took the stand on Tuesday, alleging that hours after the incident, McMichael admitted he was carrying a pistol and prepared to shoot Arbery.

‘I said, ‘Stop, you know, I’ll blow your f*****g head off or something,” McMichael said, according to a transcript of the conversation of his conversation with Marcy. ‘I was trying to convey to this guy we were not playing.’  

Police photographs presented in court Monday showed bloodstains on the asphalt

Police photographs presented in court Monday showed bloodstains on the asphalt

They also revealed Travis McMichael's pump-action 12-gauge shotgun lying on grass near Arbery's body

They also revealed Travis McMichael’s pump-action 12-gauge shotgun lying on grass near Arbery’s body

Arbery was chased and shot Feb. 23, 2020, after he was spotted running in the suburban neighborhood of Satilla Shores, located just outside the port city of Brunswick.

Father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael armed themselves and used a pickup truck to pursue Arbery after they spotted him running in their neighborhood. A neighbor, William ‘Roddie’ Bryan, 52, joined the chase and took cellphone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery in the street at close range.

During the hearing, the jury was also presented with several photos police took of Travis McMichael in the moments after he shot Arbery.

The pictures show the younger McMichael with the jogger’s blood on his hands and arms as well as spattering his shirt, face and neck. 

On Tuesday, the jury was presented with several photos police took of Travis McMichael after the shooting (pictured)

On Tuesday, the jury was presented with several photos police took of Travis McMichael after the shooting (pictured) 

Travis McMichael (pictured) had Arbery's blood on his hands and arms as well as spattering his shirt, face and neck

Travis McMichael (pictured) had Arbery’s blood on his hands and arms as well as spattering his shirt, face and neck

The jury was shown a pictured of Travis McMichael covered in Ahmaud Arbery's blood

The jury was shown a pictured of Travis McMichael covered in Ahmaud Arbery’s blood

Officer William Duggan, who also responded to the scene, said when he approached the younger McMichael, he was covered in blood, saying, ‘I’m not okay.’ 

Gregory McMichael also had Arbery’s blood on his right hand, police have testified.

Brandeberry said, when he arrived on the scene shortly after the fatal shooting, that McMichael told him he got the blood on himself because he moved Arbery’s arm – as he lay prone on the ground – to check him for a weapon.

‘I didn’t know if he (Arbery) had a weapon or not. I don’t take any chances,’ McMichael told the officer, explaining why he touched the body, Brandeberry recalled.  

The McMichaels and Bryan have all pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, aggravated assault and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. 

Travis McMichael (left), Gregory McMichael (center) and William Bryan Jr. (right) have all pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, aggravated assault and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment

Travis McMichael (left), Gregory McMichael (center) and William Bryan Jr. (right) have all pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, aggravated assault and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment



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