Gregory McMichael, 65, and his son Travis, 35, and William Bryan, 51, will face charges of racism and attempted kidnapping in federal court, the court said in a statement.
The indictment, which was approved by a large arbitral tribunal, states that the young man was assaulted “because of his race and skin color” and that he was chased with a truck and armed, resulting in “his death.”
Arbery, 25, was shot and killed by three men on February 23, 2020, while running through a residential area in Brunswick, claiming he was a thief who worked in the area.
For more than two months, local security forces have not made any arrests and it is necessary to release a video of the murder, which was widely publicized on social media in early May, in order for the investigation to be taken seriously after the state police intervention.
Shortly afterwards, authorities arrested three suspects accused of “murder” and “illegal detention.” They are pending pre-trial detention, but a date has not yet been set.
Although the U.S. Constitution proves that the same person must be tried twice for the same crime, since 1847 the Supreme Court has allowed separate cases from federal and state courts based on the fact that they are “different sovereign entities.”
In practice, it is very rare to have two judgments, because once one sentence is handed down by one organization, the other tends to lose interest.
However, it does increase the pressure on the most controversial cases or allow a case to be reopened after being acquitted or dismissed. For example, in the 1960s, the federal government prosecuted several white men who had been acquitted of murdering black people in the divided south.
Arbery’s mother also filed a civil lawsuit seeking $ 1 million in damages. The move targets McMichaels and Brian, with the exception of local police and prosecutors, who are accused of trying to cover up the case, who are identified in the background of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Ahmed Arbery’s name was echoed in the United States during mass demonstrations against violence against African Americans, including George Floyd, a white police officer suffocating in Minneapolis, and Prona Taylor. Function.