Ahmaud Arbery Family Attorney Issues Statement In Response To New Video Footage

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The law firm representing the Arbery family has issued a statement in response to a new video showing the events leading up to the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery.

In the video, initially released by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a man confirmed to be Arbery is seen jogging down Satilla Drive before he enters a home that is under construction. He goes through the garage of the home, which is open, and spends several minutes walking in and around it before running off past the home of the McMichaels.

ABC News Channel 6 reports the Merritt Law Firm, the firm representing the Arbery family, claims the video is proof their client committed no wrongdoing:

Our office has reviewed the surveillance video which appears to show a person, believed to be Ahmaud Arbery, entering a property under construction. The individual remains on the property for under 3 minutes before continuing to jog down the road. This video is consistent with the evidence already known to us. Ahmaud Arbery was out for a jog. He stopped by a property under construction where he engaged in no illegal activity and remained for only a brief period. Ahmaud did not take anything from the construction site. He did not cause any damage to the property. He remained for a brief period of time and was not instructed by any one to leave but rather left on his own accord to continue his jog. Ahmaud’s actions at this empty home under construction were in no way a felony under Georgia law. This video confirms that Mr. Arbery’s murder was not justified and the actions of the men who pursued him and ambushed him were unjustified. We reiterate, Ahmaud Arbery did not take part in ANY felony, had no illegal substances in his system, was not armed yet was shot three times with a shotgun at close range.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the footage to determine how the events unfolded before Arbery’s death.

“We are using video to put the timeline together to fill in the blanks of what happened that afternoon,” said Scott Dutton, the bureau’s Deputy Director.

“We are indeed reviewing additional video footage and photographs as part of the active case,” the GBI confirmed in a statement, shortly after the new video emerged online. “It is important to note that this footage was reviewed at the beginning of the GBI investigation and before the arrests of Gregory and Travis McMichael.”