Georgia officials examine threats to Arbery case protesters

Posted at 5:02 PM, May 10, 2020

ATLANTA (AP) — Officials in Georgia say they are investigating an online threat against people protesting the killing of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery.

Authorities say Arbery, a black man, died at the hands of two white men in February near the coastal city of Brunswick as he ran through a neighborhood.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Sunday said the threat relates to future protests and it is “actively investigating.”

Spokesperson Nelly Miles declined to provide further information.

Several hundred people protested the case Friday in Brunswick. National outrage over the case swelled last week after video surfaced that appeared to show the shooting.

According to the Associated press, the GBI confirmedthat it has obtained other photos of video that might shed light on the case.

The Associated Press reports, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published footage from a surveillance camera that shows someone who appears to be Arbery walking into a home under construction. Arbery then came back out and ran down the street. Someone else comes out across the street from the construction site, and then a vehicle drives off farther down the street, near where Travis McMichael lives.

Lawyers for Arbery’s family say the video does not show that Arbery committed a felony, according to the Associated Press.

“Ahmaud’s actions at this empty home under construction were in no way a felony under Georgia law,” the lawyers wrote in a social media post. “This video confirms that Mr. Arbery’s murder was not justified and the actions of the men who pursued him and ambushed him were unjustified.”

The social justice arm of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company is calling on Georgia officials to take quick action in the case of Ahmaud Arbery.

Musicians Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Alicia Keys, Mario “Yo Gotti” Mims, and others signed an open letter published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday.

The letter said District Attorney Tom Durden should be recused from the case and state Attorney General Christopher Carr should elect a special prosecutor.

Alicia Keys said Arbery's death was “heartbreaking, unbelievably unacceptable and inhumane.”