What a very sad story this is, an innocent black man goes out for a jog and is chased by three white men in their pickup trucks, cornered and shot to death, now why on earth would you do a thing like that, just what on earth was going through their minds at the time.
I know this fearful event took place in Georgia which is in the south of the Americas and with what little knowledge I have of American geography I imagine this is the sort of area where the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan would have had their stronghold and perhaps still do.
It seems that Ahmaund was initially chased by Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and were then joined in the chase by their neighbour William “Roddie” Bryan Jr who filmed the events on his phone and in a bizarre twist they were only arrested three months later when footage was uploaded to social media.
Arbery’s family said the former high school football star and keen runner was out for a jog that day, to which the judge added, as we understand it, he left his home going for a run and ended up running for his life.
Judge Walmsley said footage of Travis McMichael lifting the shotgun to fire at Ahmaud Arbery showed a truly disturbing scene of a man who was hunted down and shot, adding that the father Gregory McMichael said if I could have got a shot at the guy I would have shot him.
Travis McMichael, 35, was sentenced to life plus 20 years without the possibility of parole on nine charges including malice murder after he shot Arbery twice at close range with a shotgun.
Gregory McMichael was handed life plus 20 years without the possibility of parole on eight charges including felony murder.
Bryan, 52, was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole after being found guilty on six charges including felony murder after jurors heard how he spotted his neighbours chasing Arbery and jumped in his own truck to join in.
The only saving grace in this story is that these evil men who shot an killed an innocent black man and then turned their backs and walked away will now be spending the rest of their lives in prison where every waking hour they will be scared to death to turn their backs for fear that someone will take the law in their hands an exact revenge on them for the crime they committed.
I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent.
Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work.
I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise.
I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013.
My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie.
I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes.
I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage.
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