For weeks after Ahmaud Arbery was killed while running down a road in
coastal southern Georgia, there were few public developments in the
case of a 25-year-old unarmed black man who was shot while being pursued
by two white men with weapons in February.
Then a graphic video of the shooting surfaced online, spurring widespread outrage.
Within days, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation had
taken over the case. The video was criticized by celebrities and
politicians alike, including President Donald Trump, who called the
footage “very, very disturbing,” and former Vice President Joe Biden,
the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, who said Arbery had
essentially been “lynched before our very eyes.”
And in a major turn, the authorities announced Thursday
night that they had arrested two suspects in the case and charged them
with murder and aggravated assault.