Ahmaud Arbery shooting – Travis McMichael, 35, charged with federal hate crime along with father and friend

THREE Georgia men were charged with federal hate crimes in the attempted kidnapping and death of Ahmaud Arbery.

A federal grand jury in the Southern District of Georgia indicted the three men on hate crimes and charged two of them with separate counts of using firearms during Arbery's attempted kidnapping.

Travis McMichael, his father Gregory, and their friend William "Roddie" Bryan, 51, were charged each with one count of interference with rights and with one count of attempted kidnapping.

Travis, 35, and his father, 65, were charged with one count each of using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Travis even discharged his.

The first two counts allege each defendant used force and the threat of force to intimidate Arbery and interfere with his right to use a public street due to his race.

Count One of the indictment alleges that both McMichaels armed themselves with firearms solely because Arbery was running on a public street in the Satilla Shores neighborhood of Brunswick, Georgia.

The father and son then got into a truck and chased Arbery through the neighborhood while yelling at him and used their truck to cut him off while threatening him with guns.

The first count also alleges that "the offense results in Arbery's death," reads a release from the Justice Department.

Both counts allege the three men "used force and threats of force to intimidate and interfere with Arbery’s right to use a public street because of his race."

The second alleges Bryan joined the two McMichaels in chasing Arbery and used his truck to drive the jogger off-route.

The third count alleges all three men "attempted to unlawfully seize and confine Arbery by chasing after him in their trucks in an attempt to restrain him, restrict his free movement, corral and detain him against his will, and prevent his escape."

The fourth and fifth counts allege that Travis discharged a Remington shotgun and his father brandished a .357 Magnum revolver during their alleged crimes against Arbery.

The three men were also charged in state proceedings with a charge each of felony and malice murder in addition to aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony.

The FBI, with help from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, investigated the case. The men are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tara Lyons of the Southern District of Georgia, and Deputy Chief Bobbi Bernstein and Special Litigation Counsel Christopher J. Perras of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division.

No trial date has been made for the state charges.

More to follow…

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