Jax Attorney Says Fatal Brunswick Area Shooting Reminds Him Of Trayvon Martin Case

May 7, 2020

Protesters are demanding justice after a video was released that shows the February shooting death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery in the Brunswick, Ga. area.

Ahmaud Arbery
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The video shows the deadly confrontation between Arbery  - who friends say was out jogging - and Travis McMichael, who told police he suspected Arbery of recent neighborhood break-ins.

Jacksonville criminal defense attorney John Phillips is known for handling civil rights cases.  On WJCT’s First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross Thursday, Phillips said the case reminded him of the 2012 shooting of a black teenager in Sanford, Fla.

Related: Listen to the full interview with Phillips

“It rings similar to a lot of people of Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman got out of his car, chased this person down, an altercation happens, African American boy dies, and we don’t have answers.  There’s no video, but here, three months later, video surfaces,” Phillips said.   

There have been no arrests, though a prosecutor recommends a grand jury consider criminal charges.

Michelle Corum can be reached at mcorum@wjct.org, 904-358-6308 or on Twitter at @MCorumonME.