In February, 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbury was shot dead in the Satilla Shores area of southern Georgia. No arrests were made for the next two months. But locals and lawmakers have protested what they said is a deadly combination of racial profiling and imperfect self-defense laws. “When they stop you, make sure you have cameras. Make sure you have a video. ” Police eventually arrested the two suspects, but it was days after this fatal video appeared. Gregory McMichael and his son Travis were charged with murder and aggravated assault. The incident rekindled a nationwide debate over racial violence. “I’m sure you’ve seen the news about Ahmaud Arbury.” “Looks like murder.” “The American public saw the video.” What exactly happened in the last moments of Mr. Arbury’s life? Using security footage, mobile phone footage, and emergency calls and logs, The Times reconstructed the critical 12 minutes from Mr. Arbury’s appearance on Satilla Drive to his death, less than 300 yards away. On February 23, around 1:00 pm, when Ahmaud Arbury is out, less than 2 miles from his home. The security camera at 219 Satilla Drive is recording when Mr. Arbury appears in the frame around 1:04 pm. He may have jogged in the area, but stops on the lawn in front of 220 Satill, a house that is being built across the street. Arbury looks around and walks out onto the open construction site. Inside, CCTV footage briefly captures him looking around. Meanwhile, on the street, a neighbor walks from Jones Road towards Satilla Drive and calls 911. The neighbor is waiting at the corner of the street. Later, he will tell the dispatcher that Arbury looks like a recent border trespasser. Until February 23, several malefactors were caught on camera at 220 Satilla Street. The owner regularly warned the police. The same person was filmed in four cases. It is unclear if it was Arbury, but even if it was, it does not justify his shooting by neighbors on the street. The site’s owner says nothing was stolen from the house during these incidents or on February 23rd, and no property was damaged. But the neighbors knew about the violations, and the community was on the alert. Now let’s get back to the day in question. 13:08, Arbury walks around the house. Four minutes after he entered, he leaves and runs away. In the upper corner of the video footage, we see 230 Satilla Street, the home of Travis McMichael. At 1:10 pm, Travis and his father Gregory grab their guns, jump into a white truck, and leave the house to chase Mr. Arbury. We do not have video footage showing the next 3 minutes, but the testimony that Gregory McMichael gave to the police at the scene and the interviews of another witness, Roddy Brian, indicate what happened. Gregory and Travis McMichael follow Arbury to Burford Road. Their neighbor Roddy Brian sees the chase, gets into the car and follows him. McMichaels are trying to interrupt Arbury. Arbury returns and overtakes them. Brian tries to block Arbury, but Arbury runs past him towards Holmes Road. Gregory McMichael climbs out of the cab onto the back of a truck, armed with a pistol. We don’t know exactly what will happen next. But Brian and McMickels end up chasing Arbury down Holmes Road. Next time at 1:14 pm, we see Arbury running back down Holmes Road from Roddy Brian to Mc Michaels. Roddy Brian is filming and – warning – these scenes are alarming. Gregory McMichael is dialing 911 at this time. Let’s take a look at this and see what’s going on. This is Arbury. He has been running away from cars for almost 4 minutes. Travis stands on the driver’s side of the truck, armed with a shotgun. Gregory is in the back of a truck on an emergency call. Arbury doesn’t know where to run. It turns right, then left, and then flies around the right side of the car. Arbury walks around in front of the truck. We see his white T-shirt through the windshield, and now Travis is leaning towards him. This is the moment the first shot is fired. Arbury was wounded in the chest, his right lung, ribs and sternum were injured. Two men are fighting over a pistol. Gregory yells “Travis!” Arbury hits Travis. In the back of the truck, Gregory drops his phone. The second explosion goes out of frame. But here we see the smoke from the shotgun. Arbury is bleeding profusely. He strikes another blow. Travis fires the last shot, which hits Arbury in the upper left chest. Travis walks off holding the gun. Gregory gets out of the truck, clutching his .357 Magnum. According to the police report, Gregory turned Arbury over to check if he had a weapon. He didn’t. The police arrive a few seconds after the shooting, and about a minute later, at 1:16 pm, police officer R. Minschue reports: “Two objects on Holmes Road. Shots were fired. The male on the ground is bleeding. The police took Gregory McMichael’s testimony and released the two men. But now the MacMichells face serious charges. Hi, this is Malachy and I have reported this story. For clarity, a note on CCTV footage used in this video, which was originally published in The Atlanta Journal Construction. The temporary code you see here is incorrect. We know this because we matched what we see in this video with what we hear during two emergency calls and confirmed the times of those calls. This data and police logs also allowed us to determine that Gregory McMichael called 911 from his son’s phone shortly before the fatal shooting. So, in this video, we used the real time in which the events took place. Thanks for watching.
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