On Wednesday, a federal grand jury in the southern district of Georgia accused Travis MCMichael, GregoryMcMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan, according to a press release, of hate crimes and the attempted kidnapping of Ahmaud Arbery.
Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan have all been subjected to a number of rights invasions and a number of kidnapping attempts.
Travis and Gregory were also charged with counting the use, carrying and – and in Travis’ case, unloading – a firearm during and in connection with a violent crime. It is also said that the men “armed themselves with firearms, got into a truck and chased Arbery through the public streets of the neighborhood while yelling at him, cutting off his route with their truck and threatening him with firearms”.
According to the press release, Defendants rank one and two for the State where the Defendants used force to intimidate and harm Arbery’s right to use a public road on account of his race.
The three defendants are also kidnapped. The press release said the defendants tried to unlawfully seize and imprison Arbery while chasing him in their truck, trying to prevent him from moving freely and preventing his escape.
That comes as Federal officials are trying to launch civil rights investigations against troubled police stations.
The federal indictment comes on top of the charges the men face in Georgia on murder and other charges for which they have pleaded not guilty.
As we before Ahmaud Arbery was reportedly jogging in a neighborhood outside of Atlanta, where he was fatally assaulted by three defendants. The men were arrested months after Arbery’s death after receiving national coverage.