Riding around in the bed of a pick-up truck, brandishing a rifle and chasing down a man whom he wasn’t sure had committed any crime seemed like the hallmarks of studious professionalism to me.
If McMichael apologists insist on looking beyond the crime to try to help the defense, e.g., trumpeting the video footage of Arbery on Larry English’s property on the day of the shooting because that supposedly proves … something, then let’s look beyond it on the prosecution’s behalf too. What was Greg McMichael doing trying to perform a citizen’s arrest when he wasn’t even qualified to make an arrest in his final months as a cop? Citizen’s arrests are always dicey, especially when they involve firearms. But if we’re going to cut an ex-cop slack on that, we should at least want assurance that he knew what he was doing.