Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Thursday called for a Department of Justice investigation into the shooting death of unarmed black jogger Ahmaud Arbery.
Cellphone footage of the Feb. 23 shooting emerged on Tuesday, which the New York lawmaker said “would appear to present clear probable cause for first degree murder charges.”
“Justice for Ahmaud requires a full investigation of this crime, beginning with the arrest of all assailants,” Nadler said in his statement.
“Given the local response, the Department of Justice must immediately investigate this incident,” he said.
The video shows Arbery being confronted by two armed suspects — father and son Gregory, 64, and Travis McMichael, 34 — in a pickup truck in Brunswick, Georgia, before three shots are fired.
Travis can be seen getting out of the pickup truck and scuffling with Arbery, who is hit with a shotgun blast, staggers a few feet and falls mortally wounded.
The case has sparked national outrage following the release this week of a 28-second video and the state opened its own investigation.
Tom Durden, an outside prosecutor assigned to examine the case, said he plans to have a grand jury hear the evidence in the shooting and weigh charges against the McMichaels.
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