Fatal shooting of unarmed black man sparks large protest in Brunswick neighborhood

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Protesters took to the streets of a Brunswick neighborhood on Tuesday evening to demand justice following the release of a video that shows the February shooting death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery.

A district attorney on Tuesday recommended that a grand jury review the death of Arbery, who friends say was killed while jogging. The recommendation came on the same day that the graphic cellphone video showing the deadly confrontation between Arbery and Travis McMichael, the son of a former district attorney investigator, was posted by a Georgia radio station and circulated widely on social media sites.

On Tuesday evening, more than 100 protesters carrying signs and offering prayers walked in the Satilla Shores neighborhood, the same neighborhood where Arbery was shot and killed in February.

During the peaceful protest, Glynn County Sheriff Neal Jump made his way to the middle of the crowd and expressed his frustration with the investigation.

“Am I upset that it has taken this long for a verdict or the justice part to come? As the Sheriff I am upset,” Neal said. “It shouldn’t have taken that long. If that was my son, I’d be upset. I can only imagine what the mother and dad is going through.”

Glynn County Sheriff Neal Jump speaks to protestors in Brunswick. (News4Jax)

No one disputes that McMichael, son of Brunswick District Attorney’s Office investigator Greg McMichael, shot and killed Arbery on Feb. 23, but he was not immediately charged because Travis McMichael claimed he was acting within the scope of a citizen’s arrest.

Arbery’s family says deadly force wasn’t necessary and they simply want to know the truth.

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