A white woman whose brother and father have been charged with murdering black jogger Ahmaud Arbery insists the couple is not racist and says the murder was “not lynching”.
Lindsay McMichael, 30, was in her pajamas when her father, Gregory, 64, and brother Travis, 34, Arbery, 25, were shot dead on the road from their home in Brunswick, Georgia on February 23.
Lindsay said The sun on Saturday that she doesn’t believe Arbery’s murder was racially motivated, claiming that her father and brother “loved” all her non-white boyfriends.
“I’ve never dated anyone of the same race since I was 19, and my dad and my brother loved everyone I’ve ever dated as if they were their own son or brother.
“These are the people I brought home with what my dear mama cooked for and gave everything to.”
Lindsay continued, “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? ‘
Lindsay McMichael first speaks out after her father, Gregory and brother, Travis, were charged with murdering the February 23 recording of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery
Gregory McMichael (left) and Travis McMichael are shown. Lindsay McMichael insists the pair is not racist, saying the February 23 shooting at Arbery was not ‘lynching’
Arbery, 25, died while jogging in Brunswick, Georgia. Travis and Gregory McMichael followed him into their pickup truck, thinking they were responsible for a wave of robberies nearby
Gregory and Travis followed Ahmaud Arbery in their white pickup truck on February 23 before shooting him. The pair claim they believed Arbery was responsible for robberies in their neighborhood.
Lindsay says she rushed out when she heard gunshots in the street and remembered the harrowing scene in her interview with The Sun.
“I ran to see what was going on … I had no idea. There was a firefighter I knew, so I walked over to him and asked, “Is my father and brother doing well?” and he said yes. ‘
Linday says she saw Travis splashing clothes with Arbery’s blood and saw fear in his face.
“I’ve seen my brother in his happiest moments – I was there when his child was born and I saw him in distress and I know that look … it wasn’t like glory, like ‘I stalked and then got the murder what I was hoping for ‘.
“It was absolutely damn panic … I really believe things escalated so quickly.”
“I don’t think it was vigilante. Travis had stolen a weapon. My mother’s car had been driven on. I think they just thought, “Let’s arrest this man.” ‘
Video footage showing that Gregory and Travis were involved in a scuffle with Arbery before they fatally shot him caused national outrage after it was published on social media earlier this month
A card showing the February 23 meeting between Arbery and the McMichaels. Lindsay McMichael ran down the street to the scene of the fatal shooting just after it happened
Video footage showing that Gregory and Travis were in a scuffle with Arbery before they fatally shot him caused national outrage after it was published on social media earlier this month.
Racial tensions in Georgia are running high following the assassinations made last week against Gregory and Travis.
Lindsay, in her interview with The Sun, called for calm and said, “Here in the country of the United States, it is innocent until proven otherwise.”
“I understand that people are angry. But leave it all [the complete evidence] please come out for the love of God and then we’ll figure it out afterwards.
“If things were done shamefully or wrong, fine, but let it come out first.”
Linday says that both she and her 61-year-old mother have been the victims of violent threats.
Anonymous people would have threatened to “kill and rape” the couple.
“We’re not the ones on trial here – my father and my brother are,” she said.
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Gregory McMichael ‘orchestrated video release with Ahmaud Arbery deadly shooting’
Brunswick attorney Alan Tucker – who made headlines when he revealed he was the one who released the video of Arbery’s murder on February 23 – claimed that Gregory McMichael wanted to use the video to clear up some rumors that were bubbling up in the community.
Tucker, who said his own parents live in the area where the shooting happened, also hoped the video would ease racial tension in the community.
“I didn’t want the neighborhood to become a Ferguson,” Tucker explained WSB-TV.
Tucker said that Gregory McMichael had taken the video with others to his office for help downloading the video so that it could be sent to a talk show host at a local radio station in Brunswick.
The elder McMichael went to his lawyer as a friend and not as a potential client, the lawyer said.
Brunswick attorney Alan Tucker said he helped release the video because he “didn’t want the neighborhood to become a Ferguson.”
Exclusive photos show the time when Gregory McMichael (pictured) and his son Travis McMichael were arrested at their home in Brunswick, Georgia on Thursday,
An officer at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation leads 34-year-old Travis McMichael out of the house with handcuffs
Tucker told the local station that the “young man (Arbery) didn’t deserve to be shot,” but declined to comment on charges against his friend or Travis McMichael.
“There was no reason for Travis to pull a gun out of a damn truck. None, ”added Tucker.
But in an interview with Inside Edition earlier this month, Tucker sang another tune.
“I really thought that releasing the video would reveal the truth to the public,” said Tucker.
‘If he [Arbery] had just been frozen and had done nothing, he would not have been shot. ‘
Elder McMichael told police he suspected Arbery was responsible for the recent burglaries in the area. Local police have said there have been no burglaries in the area in recent months.
The video sparked national outrage not only over the murder, but more than two months passed before arrests were made.
L. Chris Stewart, a lawyer representing the Arbery family, ridiculed older McMichael for owning the video.
“He only had that tape. He delivered it. We have questions about its length, ”said the lawyer.
He later added, “I have no doubt that Mr. McMichael and his son believe what he was doing was okay. It just wasn’t. Travis should never have got that shotgun. This is important. ‘
TIMELINE OF CLOSED PROCESSING OF AHMAUD ARBERY CASE
February 23: Ahmaud Arbery is shot and killed in the street in Brunswick, Georgia.
Gregory and Travis McMichael had gone into their car with guns to chase him for mistaking him for a burglar.
When they caught up with him, Travis got out of the car.
Jackie Johnson took herself back because McMichael was working in her office
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 25-year-old Ahmaud.
Late February – First Prosecutor recovers on his own
Brunswick prosecutor Jackie Johnson stepped out of the case because Gregory was working as an investigator in her office.
Mid-April – The second prosecutor says he will not file charges and then makes the decision himself
George Barnhill said that Ahmaud initiated the fight
George Barnhill got the case.
He initially said he thought it was not worthy of indictment because the McMichaels were acting lawfully by trying to execute a civil arrest, which is legal in Georgia.
He also said the video shows ‘Arbery reaching for Travis’ gun.
Barnhill took himself back because his son, also known as George Barnhill, works in the office where McMichael used to work
However, the first shot is fired when the pair is not in the picture.
When the camera slid back towards them, they struggled against the side of the vehicle again.
Barnhill said Travis stood his ground by firing three shots that hit Arbery.
Later, he had to use himself again after it turned out that his son works for the Brunswick prosecutor, where Gregory was serving.
May 5 – Third Prosecutor hands it to the grand jury
Tom Durden is the third prosecutor to bring the case to his office.
He said his office would approach it without prejudice.
This week, he announced that he would not decide whether or not to charge and that he will convene a grand jury to adopt it.
May 7 – Georgia Bureau of Investigation files costs
The GBI announced that it had made allegations of murder and serious assault against Gregory and Travis on May 7.
11 May Justice Department says it weighs hate crime charges against McMichaels
Georgian Attorney General Chris Carr orders the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to conduct a federal investigation into why it took 74 days for the men to be arrested.
The case is also given to Joyette Holmes, a black prosecutor.