A federal grand jury indicted three men on hate crime charges Wednesday in connection with the death of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Georgia man who was fatally shot last year in an altercation that went viral on social media after footage of it was released.
The Department of Justice indictment accuses the three men — Gregory McMichael, 65, William “Roddie” Bryan, 51, and Travis McMichael, 35 — of targeting Arbery while he was running on a public street because of his race. Each man has been charged with interference of rights, as well as attempted kidnapping.
Gregory and Travis McMichael, who are father and son, have additionally been charged with using, carrying, and brandishing a weapon “in relation to a crime of violence.”
Travis McMichael’s attorney spoke out against the charges, reports The Associated Press.
“There is absolutely nothing in the indictment that identifies how this is a federal hate crime and it ignores without apology that Georgia law allows a citizen