‘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
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...