BBC – The Democrats’ likely presidential candidate Joe Biden has demanded justice over the killing of an unarmed black man, Ahmad Arbery, in the US state of Georgia. His sentiments are echoed by black celebrities like Nia Long, Jamie Fox, Russel Simmons, Snoop Dogg and others.
The 25-year-old victim was jogging in February when confronted by an ex-policeman and his son. Video purported to show the shooting, emerged online on Tuesday.
A district attorney in Georgia has now ruled that a grand jury should decide whether charges should be brought.
An earlier decision by a prosecutor in the Brunswick jurisdiction argued there was no probable cause to arrest Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34.
More than 100 people took part in a protest in Brunswick on Tuesday night, demanding justice for Mr. Arbery.
Mr. Arbery was out running in the Satilla Shores neighbourhood of Brunswick in Georgia’s Glynn County early in the afternoon on 23 February.
In a police report, Gregory McMichael says he saw Mr Arbery and believed he resembled the suspect in a series of break-ins. He and his son armed themselves and pursued him in a pick-up truck.
In the police report, Gregory McMichael says he and his son had said “stop, stop, we want to talk to you” and that Mr. Arbery had attacked his son. Shots were fired, with Mr. Arbery falling to the street.
Mr Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper, said police told her her son had been involved in a burglary before the incident, but the family say they do not believe the keen jogger had committed a crime and he was unarmed.
A number of calls were made to the emergency services around the time of the confrontation, CBS reports. In one 911 call, a neighbour said a black man was seen at a home under construction in the area.
When asked what the man was doing now, the caller said “running down the street”.
The 36-second video is shot from a vehicle following the pick-up truck said to be involved in the incident.
It shows a man jogging and then approaching the stationary pick-up from behind. He tries to bypass the truck and then is seen struggling with a man carrying a shotgun. There is muffled shouting and shotgun shots are heard.
A second man is standing in the bed of the pick-up. The second man is then shown with a pistol standing alongside the other armed man with the jogger no longer in view.
Joe Biden sent out a tweet saying: “The video is clear: Ahmaud Arbery was killed in cold blood. My heart goes out to his family, who deserve justice and deserve it now. It is time for a swift, full, and transparent investigation into his murder.”