The attorney for Georgia slay victim Ahmaud Arbery’s family says new videos that have emerged, including one of cops attempting to Taser him in 2017, shows Arbery’s history of unfair treatment at the hands of law enforcement, according to a report.
Arbery was seen on body camera footage Nov. 7, 2017, in a heated confrontation with cops in which he was approached about suspected drug use while sitting alone at a Glynn County park, news station WSB-TV reported.
“The same reason that Ahmaud Arbery was killed was the same reason he was stopped in that park. It was the criminalization of blackness itself,” attorney S. Lee Merritt told the outlet.
In the footage, Arbery denied having drugs and said he was just hanging out in his car on his day off from work.
“You’re bothering me for nothing,” Arbery says in the video, before refusing to let the officer search his car.
The officer then tells him he was looking for criminal activity, to which Arbery says: “Criminal activity? I’m in a f—ing park. I work.”
Minutes later, a second cop shows up, shouting at Arbery to get his hands out of his pockets, according to the report.
He then attempts to Tase him, but the gun malfunctioned, according to the police report obtained by the Guardian.
Police also released a video Tuesday of Arbery and three teenagers being confronted by police outside of a Walmart in Brunswick.
The footage shows Arbery being ordered to lie face-down in the parking lot as cops arrest him on shoplifting charges, the outlet reported. He later pleaded guilty to trying to steal a television and was sentenced to five years on probation, the station said.
Arbery, 25, has become at the center of national outcry following his Feb. 23 shooting death in which he was allegedly chased down by two white men as he jogged in their Brunswick neighborhood.
Police didn’t arrest the suspects, father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael, until this month, after video emerged of the grisly shooting online.
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