LeBron James passionately reacts to Ahmaud Arbery killing
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James reacted strongly to a recent video showing the killing of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. The video shows a man and his son chase Arbery down in a truck and fatally shoot him, per Jason Owens of Yahoo Sports.
Arbery, a black male, was killed on Feb. 23 in Brunswick, Georgia. The Arbery family attorneys released the video on Tuesday, displaying two white men in a pickup truck tracking him down and shooting him while he was jogging on a residential street, unarmed.
LeBron James took to Twitter on Wednesday and posted a photo of Arbery, frustrated by the events:
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 6, 2020
Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, admitted to wielding guns and pursuing Arbery as he jogged in their neighborhood, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.
While it has been more than two months since the shooting, no arrests have been made. The video’s release on Tuesday was source for social media outrage, and a large crowd marched the street where Arbery was killed.
District attorney Thomas Durden said he wants a grand jury to decide whether to press charges against the McMichaels:
“I am of the opinion that the case should be presented to the grand jury of Glynn County for consideration of criminal charges against those involved in the death of Mr. Arbery,” read a statement from Durden released on Tuesday following the video.
Courts in the state of Georgia are closed until June 12 at the earliest due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning the McMichaels could avoid prosecution for at least the next few weeks.
LeBron James typically isn’t shy about speaking out when it comes to social justice, and the Lakers star bringing attention to this crime will only make it a bigger story in these coming weeks as this case plays out.