Police told the neighbor of one of Ahmaud Arbery’s alleged killers, Gregory McMichael, to call him instead of the police if he needed help, according to a newly revealed text message.
Text messages were exchanged between a Glynn County police officer and Larry English, the owner of the house under construction that Arbery had allegedly visited. TMZ.
In the text, the officer, not mentioned, told English to call McMichael if the motion-activated camera on the construction site showed visitors.
The text message Larry English received from a police officer in December 2019 and told him to contact neighbor Gregory McMichael if he needed help
Gregory McMichael (left) and his son, Travis McMichael (right) are accused of murdering unarmed jogger Ahmaud Arbery in February
The McMichael men were caught on video chasing Arbery in a truck and then confronting him in the middle of the street before killing Arbery
The text sent on December 20, 2019 – months before Arbery was murdered in video in broad daylight – said: “ Greg is a retired law enforcement officer and also a retired investigator from the prosecutor’s office. He said please call him day and night if you get action on your camera. ‘
The English lawyer, Elizabeth Graddy, confirmed that the text message was genuine and that she had received it a few days ago, along with some emails.
The text message follows the unveiling of a 2019 report described to Glynn County Police as a “ perpetual cover culture. ”
The force has been scrutinized for her murder of the unarmed jogger Arbery, 25, who was murdered on February 23 by McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, in Brunswick, Georgia.
The duo of father and son were charged with murder last week – more than two months after the murder – when the Georgia Bureau of Investigation intervened to take over the case after a series of blunders by local law enforcement.
McMichael and his son had said they got into their car that day and chased Arbery thinking they were a burglar.
A surveillance video showed Arbery entering the construction site of Larry English the day he was murdered. McMichaels’ men said they were chasing him because they thought he was a burglar
The leaked video of the incident went viral and led to the arrests of Gregory and Travis McMichael
It has now been revealed that the video was leaked to a radio station by Gregory McMichael himself
When they caught up with him, Travis got out of the car. Gregory says they told Arbery they wanted to talk to him and he attacked Travis.
A battle ensued and Travis fired his pistol twice, killing Arbery.
The incident has been described as a “modern lynching.”
A video of the deadly shooting was filmed from another car, by a friend of the McMichael men, and quickly went viral after it was made public.
It was initially alleged that the video had been leaked by a lawyer, Alan Tucker.
On Friday, Tucker said WSBTV that McMichael himself leaked the video to a radio station.
Tucker said McMichael had come to him as a friend, not a client.
“That young man didn’t deserve to be shot,” Tucker told the news channel, adding, “There was no reason for Travis to pull a shotgun out of a damn truck. No.’
Lindsay McMichael, 30 – Gregory’s daughter and Travis’ sister – has now come forward to say that she believes “mistakes were made,” but the murder “was not lynching.”
She told The Sun she was home when the incident occurred and then looked into Travis’s eyes and decided, “Until the day I die, I will believe he had no intention of being so malicious.”
Lindsay also said that her father and brother were not racists, it is alleged, and that they loved her non-white boyfriends as a “brother or son.”
Lindsay also said her family members were not vigilantes.
“They are not monsters. This was not lynching. Do I think mistakes have been made? Absolutely, but look back on your life, how many mistakes have you made? ‘ she said.
“Do I think decisions were hasty and people jumped forward? Yes. But I think someone thought, “I’m going to kill someone today.” Absolutely not, ”she added.