‘Lynching’ cover-up exposes how US racial tensions still fester

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‘Lynching’ cover-up exposes how US racial tensions still fester

It takes three months before video forces Georgia prosecutors to act on random killing of black jogger

Nick Allen

At 1.08pm on February 23, a resident standing under a tree in his front garden in a leafy suburb of Brunswick, Georgia, in the US, placed a call to a non-emergency police number.

The man spoke in a calm southern drawl, describing the scene 6m across the road to a dispatcher. He did not sound overly concerned. “Er, there’s a guy in a house right now, it’s under construction ...” he said. “There he goes right now. He’s running down the street ... black guy, white T-shirt.”

The running man was Ahmaud Marquez Arbery, 25, who was out jogging. Minutes after the call Arbery was dead, shot three times by armed white vigilantes on a suburban street in broad daylight...

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