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A 2017 body cam video capturing an encounter between Ahmaud Arbery, the black man killed by a white father and son after entering a property under construction, and law enforcement in Glynn County, Ga., has surfaced.
In the November 2017 video, shared by The Guardian, an officer is seen trying to use his taser on Arbery, who had become confrontational after being stopped by another officer.
Officer Michael Kanago, with the Glynn County Police Department, first approached Arbery, who was alone in a park the officer later said was known for drug activity.
The scene was initially calm, as Kanago asked Arbery for his ID. Arbery explained to the officer he was “just rapping in the park,” but later in the video he gets aggressive, asking the officer, “Why are you f*cking me?”
When told to keep his hands out of his pockets, he angrily threw his hands to the side and replied, “I ain’t got sh*t on me. What the f*ck are you f*cking with me for?”
When Kanago explained that the area is known for drug activity, Arbery gets highly agitated, jumping in the officer’s face and calling him “boy” as he demanded that he “check my sh*t.”
“Back up!” Kanago told Arbery several times, before deciding to check for weapons — Arbery is uncooperative, spinning away from the officer.
“Watch out boy!” he said, before eventually submitting to be searched. “I ain’t got no f*cking weapons, bro.”
“I know, but you’re coming up on me and making me kinda nervous,” Officer Kanago explained.
“You bothering me for nothing,” Arbery countered.
As a second officer arrives, Arbery is seen telling Kanago he can’t search his car, and begins walking toward the driver’s door. The second officer, David Haney, who would later explain that he was unaware that Kanago had already check for weapons, pulled his Taser immediately and warned Arbery not to go to the car.
Arbery appears to put his hand in or near his pocket, and Officer Haney tells him to get his hands out of his pockets. Even though Arbery complied, putting his hands out to the side, Haney engaged the Taser, which malfunctioned.
After calming down, he is heard telling the officers, “I’m trying to ease my mind. I’m rapping. I rap, bro.”
“I got you man,” Kanago replied. “But when you run up on me, and you get real jumpy, that’s gonna make me nervous too.”
“I get one day off a week, I’m trying to chill on my day off,” Arbery said, before adding, “I’m just so aggravated because I work hard, six days a week.”
As The Guardian reported, Avery was eventually allowed to leave. However, because his driver’s license was suspended, he was not permitted to drive his car.
While there are those who see the video as an example of a black man being harassed by cops, anyone who watches A&E’s “Live PD” can attest that police often stop people in areas known for drug activity and frequently find drugs on them.
Those same viewers can attest to seeing more than one officer being shot when they approach a suspect with his hands in his pockets.
Needless to say, the video is not related to the February incident, when Arbery was shot and killed by Gregory McMichael, a former police officer, and son Travis, who suspected him of burglary.
The shooting is being called a hate crime by many because Arbery was black and the McMichaels are white.
The media narrative is that Arbery was “just a jogger” who was essentially hunted down because he was black — the narrative has plenty of holes in it.
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