On Wednesday, a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Georgia charged Travis MCMichael, GregoryMcMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan with hate crimes and the attempted kidnapping of Ahmaud Arbery, according to a press release.
Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan all face one count of interference with rights and one count of attempted kidnapping.
Travis and Gregory were also charged with one count each of using, carrying, —”and in Travis’s case, discharging—a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.” It also states 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, using their truck to cut off his route, and threatening him with firearms.”
Also, according to the press release, counts One and Two of the indictment state the defendants used force to intimidate and interfere with Arbery’s right to use a public street because of his race.
The three defendants also face a kidnapping charge. The press release states the defendants attempted to unlawfully seize and confine Arbery, when they chased him in their trucks and tried to restrain and restrict him from freely moving and preventing his escape.
This comes as federal officials move to open civil rights investigations into troubled police departments.
The federal indictment is in addition to the charges the men face in Georgia for murder and other charges,in which they’ve pled not guilty.
As we previously reported, Ahmaud Arbery was jogging in a neighborhood, right outside of Atlanta, where he was fatally attacked by three defendants. The men were arrested months after Arbery’s death, once it received national coverage.