When police arrested Gregory and Travis McMichael for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in the small segregated town in Glynn County, GA the mainstream media was quick to revive its narrative of two white men committing a “Jim Crow” like murder of an innocent young African American boy.
Barnini Chakraborty of Fox News reports the killing first made national news when a cellphone video made by McMichael’s’ neighbor, William Bryan, hit social media. The result was “outrage against the local authorities,” the national media presenting the youthful visage of Arbery as a paragon of innocence, and Atlanta’s Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms implying President Trump was to blame.
But other sources say there’s more to the story than CNN and MSNBC want you to know about. According to The New York Post, Gregory McMichael (64) was a cop for Glynn County, and worked as an investigator in the Brunswick DA’s office that helped prosecute Arbery when he was 19.
While a high school student, Arbery was convicted as a first-time offender for “charges of carrying a weapon on campus, and several counts of obstructing a law enforcement officer” and sentenced to five years’ probation. The young man was later convicted in 2018 for probation violation after being charged with shoplifting.
When the killing occurred the DA, who has since recused himself, told WJXT, “It appears Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and [neighbor] William Bryan were following in hot pursuit of a burglary suspect with solid first-hand probable cause. Arbery initiated the fight [and] grabbed the shotgun (that Travis McMichael was holding). Under Georgia law, McMichael was allowed to use deadly force to protect himself.”
The Arbery’s family attorney, Lee Merritt, told the station the two men were “vigilantes. They were a posse and they were performing a lynching in the middle of the day.”
Lost in this story is the fact that, in 2013, then 19-year-old Ahmaud Arbery brought a loaded gun to a high school basketball game where he was not even a student.
Brunswick Police Chief said at that time, “The main thing is we stopped him from getting into the event. We don’t know what his intentions were, but you know it’s never a good combination when you bring a weapon to a school event clearly when it’s posted that you can’t.”
The two white males charged reported to police they suspected Arbery was the same person caught on a security camera breaking into unoccupied houses in the neighborhood. They said when they saw Arbery running away, they grabbed their guns and pursued him in their truck.
Gregory McMichael told police, the night of the shooting, that he recognized Arbery from video that captured a recent burglary in his neighborhood. McMichael said he only recognized Arbery after the shooting.
Arbery’s mother appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and said she was still trying to “make sense of the tragedy.” The host asked no questions about Ahmaud Arbery’s criminal past. With the exception of one CNN report, there has been very little coverage of the Arbery’s past record, including bringing a loaded weapon into a school.
Considering the media’s track record of framing stories while conveniently omitting information, this doesn’t seem like a coincidence.