INSIDE EDITION EXCLUSIVE: FRIEND OF MEN CHARGED IN AHMAUD ARBERY’S DEATH REVEALS HE LEAKED THE VIDEO OF THE INCIDENT
INSIDE EDITION EXCLUSIVE:
FRIEND OF MEN CHARGED IN AHMAUD ARBERY’S DEATH REVEALS HE LEAKED THE VIDEO OF THE INCIDENT:
“I really thought releasing the video would put the truth out to the public. I was trying to stop a riot.”
PLEASE MENTION AIR DATE ON FRIDAY, MAY 8th
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New York, NY – May 8, 2020 – In an exclusive airing on Friday, INSIDE EDITION’s Paul Boyd speaks with Alan Tucker, the man who leaked the video footage of the shooting death of Georgia man, Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed while jogging. Tucker is a friend of Gregory and Travis McMichael, the father and son who were charged on Friday with murder and aggravated assault in Arbery’s death.
The charges come three months after Arbery was killed, and the public uproar over video of the incident was undoubtedly a factor in the case getting renewed scrutiny.
Tucker says the footage was taken by a friend of the McMichaels, who was following in his car. Tucker tells INSIDE EDITION he released the footage to show the public what happened during the incident.
“I really thought releasing the video would put the truth out to the public. I was trying to stop a riot,” Tucker says.
He adds, “The video speaks for itself. What happened, happened. I didn’t have an excuse for it. I can’t explain it. Other than what we say, if he just froze and hadn’t done anything, he wouldn’t have gotten shot.”
Vic Reynolds, the Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, tells INSIDE EDITION that the video is “extremely troubling.”
According to an incident report filed by Glynn County police, Arbery was shot after the McMichaels spotted him in their neighborhood and thought he matched the description of someone caught on a security camera committing recent break-ins in the area. They armed themselves with guns before getting in a truck to pursue him, according to the report. The elder McMichael said the jogger "violently" attacked his son, and the two fought over Travis' shotgun, with Travis shooting Arbery twice, the report said. Neither man has commented to news media about the shooting.
Outside the courthouse on Friday, family and friends sang “Happy Birthday” on what would have been Arbery’s 26th birthday.
For Inside Edition’s full report, tune in on Friday, May 8th. Check local listings for times and stations in your area.
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