If you have not heard the story about Aumaud Arbery you should Google it. For those of you who don’t know, this man was jogging down the street in Florida (around Jacksonville) when some men mistook him for a burglar who had previously robbed them. These men decided to chase him down, get into an altercation with the man and then murder him. I just heard about this, even though it was reported that this incident actually happened February 23. Until yesterday the men who killed him had not even been arrested. That is a scary thought by itself. How can you chase down an unarmed man, shoot him dead and then not get charged with anything for so long? It was “alleged” that the father of one of them was a former police officer. I don’t know if that is true or not. If he was, then that is even more scary because he definitely should have known better. There is a video depicting the transaction of the event, and from what I saw it was extremely disturbing. For those of you who are not familiar with the story here it is:
Of course, I have several questions. For one, what ‘possible’ justification can anyone use to defend the actions of these men? I’m sure someone will try to explain that these men thought he was a burglar so they had the right to chase him down. If that were the case then did they also have the right to kill him? Why did this take so long to incarcerate and charge these men? With the video this should have been straightforward and simple to do. If the video didn’t exist, would these men have been apprehended and charged at all? That is a scary thought as well, because others have been brought to jail with much lesser evidence. The one aspect of this case that makes it much bigger is the issue of ‘race.’ I am trying not to think of the racial properties of this story but it is so prevalent. People are infatuated when race is involved. If these men get off or are found innocent (and yes, that can absolutely happen) then this sets an extremely bad precedent. We all need to keep our eyes on this case. Will our president comment on this and if so what will he say? I hope he chooses his words carefully. I understand the anger of the men who were robbed, but that does not give them any reason to bring an armed weapon to confront anyone. That makes it seem as though this murder was premeditated. Of course, there is still more evidence that needs to be brought out. Even if Arbery actually did rob them (which is highly speculative) there was still no reason to confront him with a weapon (especially if he was unarmed). I’m sure the powers that be want this to take a long time so that they can take people’s minds off this case. That way they can find a way to sneak them out of prison and release them. We cannot let that happen. George Zimmerman got away with this. We cannot let this happen again. The killing of unarmed men needs to stop, and people who violate this rule need to be punished. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Anthony Hamilton, Bill Withers and his daughter in concert with Brett Jolly on bass