Video Filmer Charged in Georgia Jogger Killing

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The Georgia man who filmed cellphone video of Ahmaud Arbery’s fatal shooting has been arrested on a murder charge, the Associated Press reports. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said William “Roddie” Bryan, 50, was charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. Arbery was killed Feb. 23 when a white father and son armed themselves and pursued him after spotting the 25-year-old black man running in their neighborhood. More than two months passed before authorities arrested Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis, 34, on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault. Gregory McMichael told police he suspected Arbery was a burglar and that Arbery attacked his son before being shot.

Bryan lives in the same subdivision outside Brunswick, and the video he took from the cab of his vehicle helped stir a national outcry when it appeared online. Bryan’s attorney, Kevin Gough, said this week, “Roddie Bryan is not now, and has never been, more than a witness to the shooting. He is not a vigilante.” Bryan’s video of the shooting was taken from the driver seat of a vehicle following behind Arbery as he runs along a residential street. The charges filed against Bryan allege that he “attempted to block (Arbery), which was unsuccessful” and that he “did attempt to confine and detain Ahmaud Arbery without legal authority.”

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