Get ready for another massive national convulsion over race. It will be just like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Freddie Gray. This time, the dead black man is Ahmaud Arbery, age 25. The whites who shot him are Gregory McMichael, age 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34. ...I don't know, but I am beginning to see a pattern here. When the mainstream media all jump to the conclusion that there was a hate crime, it usually turns out to be the opposite.
So, what happened? Unlike previous celebrated “modern lynchings,” at least some of the police findings are public. Their lives may be ruined, but there is good reason to think that what Gregory and Travis McMichael did was perfectly legal.
The father, Gregory McMichael, is a former police officer and investigator for the district attorney. He lived close to a new building under construction where there had been break-ins and trespassing. Mr. McMichael had reportedly seen surveillance video of a black man trespassing. He says that on February 23, he saw a black man — who turned out to be Arbery — “hauling ass” down the street, and thought he looked like the man in the video. He and his son armed themselves and followed in a pickup truck, hoping to hold him until the police came. A friend named Bryan William followed in a second vehicle and took cellphone video. The McMichaels drove ahead of Arbery and stopped in the street.
What happened next is on this short video, and is consistent with what the McMichaels told police. They shouted at Arbery to stop because they wanted to talk to him. They say Arbery ran around the pickup and attacked Travis, the younger McMichael, who was holding a shotgun. There were three shotgun blasts as Travis and Arbery struggled for the weapon, and Arbery died at the scene.
You would think that the leftist race-baiters would be able to find some legitimate example of a black American being mistreated somehow. And yet when Barack Obama and many others make racial complaints, it is nearly always about some hoax case like Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown, where most of those who examine the evidence agree that the black perp deserved to die.
I don't know about this latest case. I cannot tell from the video whether Arbery attempted to grab or fire the shotgun. But it is hard to believe that the McMichaels set out to lynch a black jogger.