Federal prosecutors weigh hate crime charges in Arbery death


In this image from video posted on Twitter Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery stumbles and falls to the ground after being shot as Travis McMichael stands by holding a shotgun in a neighborhood outside Brunswick, Ga., on Feb. 23, 2020. (Twitter via AP)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – The Justice Department says federal prosecutors are assessing whether to bring hate crime charges in the slaying of a black man in Georgia.

Ahmaud Arbery was fatally shot Feb. 23 after a pursuit by a white father and son who told police they thought he was a burglar. The men were arrested more than two months later and charged with felony murder.

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement Monday that the department’s Civil Rights Division and federal prosecutors in Georgia are looking at evidence to decide whether hate crime charges are warranted.

Georgia has no hate crime law allowing charges at the state level.

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