By The Blaze. President Donald Trump offered his condolences to the family of Ahmaud Arbery, the black man who was shot while jogging in an altercation that has fomented public outrage.
The president was asked to comment on the case during a phoned interview on “Fox and Friends” on Friday.
President Trump today said he has watched the video of Ahmaud Arbery’s final moments — calling the footage “very disturbing” and expressing confidence that Georgia law enforcement officials would carry out justice in the case https://t.co/pBJr3dgkzT pic.twitter.com/S93H2z1FaU
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“So I saw the tape, and it’s very, very disturbing, the tape. I got to see it,” he said. . .
“And it’s a very disturbing situation to me, and I just, you know, my heart goes out to the parents and the family and the friends, but we have to take it, law enforcement is gonna look at it and they have a good governor in the state, and he’s going to, a very good governor actually, and he’s going to be looking at it very strongly and he’s going to do what’s right,” he added. (Read more from “President Trump Weighs in on Shooting Death of Ahmaud Arbery: ‘It’s a Very Disturbing Situation'” HERE)
Father of Brunswick Shooter Previously Investigated Victim
By AJC. Greg McMichael, who provided gun cover for his son as he fought and eventually shot a young black jogger, may have known the victim long before their encounter in a subdivision just south of Brunswick, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.
In his letter of recusal to Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney George Barnhill wrote that his son, a prosecutor in the Brunswick DA’s office, and McMichael, then an investigator in that same office, “both helped with the previous prosecution of (Ahmaud) Arbery.”
McMichael, a former Glynn County cop, told Glynn police he recognized Arbery, 25, from surveillance video that captured a recent burglary in his mostly white neighborhood. He said he planned to make a citizen’s arrest.
When he was in high school, Arbery was sentenced to five years probation as a first offender on charges of carrying a weapon on campus and several counts of obstructing a law enforcement officer. He was convicted of probation violation in 2018 after he was charged with shoplifting, court documents show.
McMichael, who retired from the DA’s office in April 2019, made no mention of his work on that investigation to police, though it’s unknown whether he remembered it at the time. (Read more from “Father of Brunswick Shooter Previously Investigated Victim” HERE)