ATLANTA: Three white men charged with murdering an unarmed black man in Georgia will face a judge next week in a case that touched off a national outcry after cellphone video of the shooting was leaked on social media.
A clerk for a Glynn County magistrate judge confirmed Wednesday that the three men will appear in magistrate's court on Jun 4, to hear the charges and for a decision on bail in the death of the unarmed black man, Ahmaud Arbery, 25.
Civil rights activists pointed to the case, in which there were no arrests until 10 weeks after the killing, as the latest incident of law enforcement in the United States allowing white perpetrators to go unpunished in the unjustified killing of a black man.
Former police officer Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, are each charged with murder and aggravated assault in the Feb 23 slaying. William "Roddie" Bryan, a neighbor of the McMichaels who took the cellphone video, was charged with felony murder and attempt to illegally detain and confine.
Police say Gregory McMichael saw Arbery running in his neighborhood just outside the small, coastal community of Brunswick and believed he looked like a burglary suspect. The elder McMichael called his son and the two armed themselves and gave chase in a pickup truck, police said.
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