The shooting of Ahmaud Arbery was a hate crime, his older sister believes.
“It was one black guy and three white guys while my brother was jogging,” Jasmine Arbery told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
“I feel as if his life wasn’t respected. We want justice. We’re seeking justice.”
The 25-year-old Arbery, who was black, was fatally shot on Feb. 23 while jogging through a white neighborhood in his native Georgia.
Greg McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34, who are white, were charged with murder Thursday after video emerged of their encounter with the unarmed man.
The man who recorded the video through his car windshield, identified by authorities Friday as the McMichael’s neighbor, William “Roddy” Bryan, is also under investigation.
But the white suspects cannot face enhanced hate crime charges in Georgia, which is one of four states in the US without a hate crimes prevention law, USA Today notes.
Still, “They’re getting consequences for whatever they’ve done,” the sister said of the McMichaels when asked by Cuomo what justice would look like.
“We feel a sense of relief,” she said of the arrest, which came more than two months after the shooting.
“This has been a long run. It feels like it has been a long time, so this day has been a turning point in recovering my brother’s case and getting justice for him. So we are relieved and happy.”
Greg McMichael, a former cop who until his retirement last year had worked as an investigator for the DA’s office, had told cops that he’d confronted Arbery because he fit the description of a suspected burglar from the area.
But the ex-cop did not disclose that he had a history with the victim.
The elder McMichael had investigated Arbery while working for the DA’s office, when Arbery was in high school and charged with carrying a weapon on campus.
He never mentioned the past association to cops when he described the shooting’s alleged “burglary suspect” motive.
Cops at the shooting scene, meanwhile, had told the DA’s office that there was probable cause for the McMichaels’ arrest — but DA Jackie Johnson’s office blocked an arrest, Glynn County Commissioner Peter Murphy told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“I’d like to start by saying, he was always proud of his older sister,” Jasmine Arbery told CNN.
“He was easygoing, loving, generous, humorous and overall he showed that day he was brave, that he was an overall good person.
“He actually wanted more schooling,” she said. “He wanted to be an electrician, that’s what he was aspiring to be.”
When asked if she ever believed her brother was fleeing the scene of a crime, she said that he was a habitual jogger, so “we immediately believed that the information we received was not true.”