“You had no choice”: How the father of a former policeman comforted his son who was shot dead by Ahmoud Arbery
The trial in the murder case of Ahmoud Arbery (pictured) continues Wednesday morning in Georgia court
The former policeman who was prosecuted in Ahmaud Arbery’s death consoled his son after the fatal shooting, calling the black runner a “slot **” and noting that he would have shot the man himself if his son had not done so. first.
Former police officer Gregory McMichael, 65, revealed to his son, Travis McMichael, 35, and camera footage worn by officers was shown in court on Monday: ‘You had no other choice’.
The video showed McMichael placing his hands on his son’s shoulder while Arbery, 25, who was shot three times, lay bleeding on the sidewalk.
Additional body camera footage, shown in court on Tuesday, also indicated that the older McMichael wanted to portray Arbery.
‘To be completely honest with you, if I could get a shot of the guy, I’d shoot him myself,’ McMichael told Officer Jeff Brandiberry, according to a transcript of the cop’s camera footage that was read aloud.
McMichael added, “This isn’t a switch. This guy is a **hole.’
Officer-worn camera footage shown in court this week showed 65-year-old Gregory McMichael (left) comforting his son Travis McMichael (right), after the shooting of 35-year-old Ahmaud Arbery.
‘You had no other choice,’ former police officer Gregory McMichael (left) said to Travis McMichael (right), placing his hands on his son’s shoulders.
Parker Marcy, a Glenn County Police Detective, also took the stand Tuesday, claiming that hours after the accident, McMichael admitted he had a gun and prepared to shoot Arbery.
‘I said, ‘Stop,’ said McMichael, according to the transcript of his conversation with Marcy, ‘you know, I’m going to blow your head off or something.’
“I was trying to convey to this guy that we weren’t playing.”
Arbery was chased and shot on February 23, 2020, after he was seen running in the suburb of Satilla Shores, just outside the coastal city of Brunswick.
This image is from a video posted to Twitter in May 2020, purporting to show Ahmaud Arbery stumbling and falling to the ground after being shot by Travis McMichael.
Police photos presented in court on Monday showed bloodstains on the asphalt (left) and Travis McMichael’s 12-gauge pump rifle lying on the grass near Arbery’s body (right).
Father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael armed themselves and used a pickup truck to pursue Arbery after they saw him running into their neighborhood.
William Rudy Bryan, 52, joined the chase and captured a mobile phone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery in the street at point blank range.
During the hearing, the jury was shown several photos taken by the police of Travis McMichael in the moments after Arbery was shot.
The photographs show the younger McMichael with the runner’s blood on his hands and arms as well as his shirt, face and neck splattered.
On Tuesday, the jury was shown several photos taken by police of Travis McMichael after the shooting (pictured).
The jury was shown a picture of Travis McMichael covered in the blood of Ahmed Arbery
Travis McMichael (left), Gregory McMichael (centre), and William Bryan Jr. (right) have all pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, aggravated assault and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
“I’m not okay,” said Officer William Duggan, who also responded to the scene, as he approached the younger McMichael, bloodied by it.
Police testified that Gregory McMichael had Arbery’s right blood stained.
When he arrived at the scene shortly after the fatal shooting, Brandiberry said that McMichael told him he had bloodshot because he moved Arbery’s arm – lying on the ground – to check him for a weapon.
I didn’t know if (Arbery) had a gun or not. ‘I’m not taking any chances,’ McMichael said to the officer, explaining the reason for his body contact, Brandiberry recalled.
The McMichaels and Brian family both pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder, aggravated assault and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.