COMMENTARY BY DR. SABRI g. BEBAWI
Most of the world knows that the United States of America is the worst racist country on the planet. They have always been so, and they have never changed.
Even with the Abraham Lincoln Emancipation Declaration, thinkers know that it was war maneuver and was never real not even for Lincoln himself. Please read my article on the topic Debunking the Myth of Abraham Lincoln
- When I was a young boy in Egypt under President Gamal Abdul Nasser, I had been always exposed to the phrase "Racist America." I had not understood what or why that phrase is or was used always after the word "America." I came to the United States in the 80s and applied for political asylum; I had been a journalist and needed protection from the Arabs. I am and will forevr be grateful that the United States granted me protection. However, I have always been confused. Why the United States is the way it is - a racist and develish nation.
This situation with Ahmaud is neither surprising nor it is acceptable. When will the people of the United States be human and understand the simplist principles of humanity? Until when the majority of this nation will be so uneducated, ignorant, puritan mentally challenged Christians and Republicans?
THAT IS THE ONE BILLION DOLLAR QUESTION
Ahmaud Arbery killing:
A man called 911 to report 'black male running' prior to shooting
Recordings of 911 calls obtained by the Guardian provide details on the moments before a man was shot while jogging in Georgia
Thu 7 May 2020 13.45 EDT
Ahmaud Arbery was known around the neighborhood and would sometimes wave to residents on his daily runs. Photograph:
Audio recordings of two 911 calls have shed further light on the final moments before Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead by two white men while jogging through a neighborhood just outside Brunswick, Georgia.
Ahmaud Arbery: anger mounts over killing of black jogger caught on video
The full recordings, obtained by the Guardian, come after new video footage showing Arbery’s killing in February was released this week, prompting widespread outrage and raising questions over why no arrests have been made. Transcripts of the 911 calls have been previously reported by local media.
Arbery had gone for a jog in Satilla Shores, near the Georgia coast, on the afternoon of Sunday 23 February. The 25-year-old was known around the neighborhood, and would sometimes wave to residents as he ran. But that day, a series of events unfolded that ended in his killing at the hands of Gregory McMichael, 64, and his 34-year-old son, Travis McMichael.
Lawyers for Arbery’s family have said his death was a “lynching” and requested it be investigated as a hate crime.
Ahmaud Arbery shooting: 911 call made at 1.14pm – audio
In one call, made at 1.14pm, the dispatcher asks for the address and the reason for the call. An unidentified man’s voice can be heard responding, “Uh, I’m out here at Satilla Shores. There’s a black male running down the street,” in an apparent reference Arbery shooting: 911 call made at 1.08pm –
In an earlier call at 1.08pm, a different unidentified caller reports “a guy in a house right now, a house under construction”. The dispatcher asks if the man is breaking into the property, to which the caller responds: “No, it’s all open, it’s under construction.”
The caller then says, “He’s running right now, and there he goes right now,” referring to Arbery, who was taking his usual jog around the neighborhood
. The dispatcher asks: “OK, what is he doing?” The caller replies: “He’s running down the street.”
A few second later, the dispatcher says: “I just need to know what he was doing wrong. Was he just on the premises and not supposed to be?”
The beginning of his response is garbled, but when the background noise clears, there is no clear answer to the question. The dispatcher ends the calls shortly after, and says she will send someone by to check.
At 1.14 pm, the second call is answered at the call center. Following the first exchange between the caller and the dispatcher, the caller again did not respond to the dispatcher, instead yelling: “Stop. Stop that. Dammit. Stop.”
A moment later he shouts “Travis!” apparently addressing Travis McMichael.
The dispatcher attempts to redirect the man’s attention 27 seconds into the call, saying, “Sir, hello, sir,” but does not receive an answer. The 911 call continues to record for nearly five minutes.
Authorities have not released the identities of the callers. No one has been charged in the case.
The Guardian has contacted Gregory and Travis McMichael for comment.
An outside prosecutor in charge of the case said he wants a grand jury to decide whether criminal charges are warranted. But that will not happen until at least mid-June, since Georgia
courts remain largely closed because of the coronavirus.
According to a police report from that day, the two men grabbed their weapons, a .357 Magnum revolver and a shotgun, jumped into a truck and began following Arbery after seeing him running.
Gregory McMichael told police he and his adult son thought Arbery matched the description of someone caught on a security camera committing a recent break-in in the neighborhood. Arbery was not considered a suspect in any burglary.
Gregory McMichael told police Arbery violently attacked his son. The video footage filmed by an anonymous individual and released this week contradicts that claim.
law says a person can kill in self-defense “only if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury … or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.” The law also says a person who provokes an attack or acts as “the aggressor” can’t claim self-defense.
Arbery’s family has called for immediate arrests after the video was released this week. “I saw my son come into the world,” Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, said. “And seeing him leave the world, it’s not something that I’ll want to see ever.”
The civil rights attorney Ben Crump
, who is representing Arbery’s father, said the video calls into question the claims made by the McMichaels in the police report.
“They are heartbroken,” Crump said of the family. Of Arbery’s father, he added: “It’s just heart-wrenching for him that he has to look at his other son and daughter and try to make sense of it. He really thinks that his son was lynched.”
Crump said Arbery’s parents, who are separated, want the public to see the video, even they cannot bring themselves to watch it themselves.
Lee Merritt, an attorney for Arbery’s mother, said the justice department should investigate the death as a hate crime.
“The FBI has said it’s assisting,” said Department of Justice spokesman Matt Lloyd, “and as is standard protocol we look forward to working with them should information come to light of a potential federal violation.”
Republican governor Brian Kemp late Tuesday threw his support behind that inquiry. He tweeted: “Georgians deserve answers. State law enforcement stands ready to ensure justice is served.”
Georgia attorney general Chris Carr, also a Republican, said in a statement: “Based on the video footage and news reports that I have seen, I am deeply concerned with the events surrounding the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery. I expect justice to be carried out as swiftly as possible.”
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