The latest development in the Ahmaud Arbery shooting case, which took place on Memorial Day, could turn out to be a big deal, but we’ll need to be careful with the wording here in determining what it actually means. The family’s attorney, S. Lee Merritt, told reporters yesterday that he’s learned that the Department of Justice is “investigating the shooting death as a hate crime.” If that’s true, then this adds an entirely new layer to this case, and it’s one that won’t be handled in Glynn County. (A place with plenty of law enforcement issues of its own.) But there’s a long jump from the word “investigating” to the point of bringing charges. (CNN)
S. Lee Merritt, an attorney for the family of Ahmaud Arbery, told CNN on Monday that the US Department of Justice is investigating the shooting death as a hate crime.
Merritt said he learned about the development after meeting with United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Bobby Christine on Thursday.
CNN has reached out to Christine for comment.
Merritt claims he got the information from the US Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, which would lend some official credence to the claim. But since neither Bobby Christine nor any DoJ spokespeople are commenting on it yet, we’re left with Merritt’s description of the conversation.