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Trump claims the tape of Ahmaud Arbery klling might be incomplete

por Alisia Mawson (2020-05-19) Donald Trump on Monday repeated his claim that there could be activity taking place out of the frame of a shocking videotape of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery that may be pertinent to the case where 'nobody saw' what was going on.

Trump made the comment raising apparent doubts about the video evidence for the second time in the explosive case, even as he said he was 'disturbed' by the case, which has drawn the attention of the Justice Department as a possible hate crime.

'Well I saw the tape and when they moved left - I don't believe when they moved left, outside of the tape - nobody saw what was going on. Nobody saw,' Trump said at the White House when asked about the killing of Arbery, who is black.

'It's an empty spot on the tape, I guess. Now, do they have additional tapes, I hope?' Trump continued, speaking about the video that shows Arbery getting shot and killed at close range in his own Georgia neighborhood.

'Nobody saw what was going on,' President Trump said, pointing to a moment during a struggle on the videotape of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery

'But I will say that it's something that did, based on what I saw, doesn't look good.'

Then Trump referenced South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott, who is black.  

'Somebody that I have a lot of respect for is Senator Scott of South Carolina, you know who I'm talking about, he's a great gentleman. He's a great senator, he's a great gentleman, Tim Scott. And I called him two days ago I said to him: 'What do you think? Tell me what you think. Tell me, what do you think?' He's very disturbed by it. He's very disturbed. And I'm very disturbed also,' Trump said.

Trump said of the incident: 'I think it's horrible. And it's certainly being looked at by many people. I'm speaking to many people about it.'

'He looked - I saw the picture of him in his tuxedo.  It was so beautiful. He looks like a wonderful young guy. Would have been a wonderful - just a wonderful guy. I think it's a horrible thing. I think it's a horrible thing.  

'To me it's a very sad thing. I spoke to a number of people that are very much involved in it. I've been following that one very closely - it breaks your heart to watch it.  Breaks your heard to watch it. Breaks your heart. And certainly the video - it was a terrible looking video to me,' Trump said.

'You have a lot of people looking at it,' Trump said. He said hopefully an answer would be arrived at 'very quickly.'     

Trump was responding to a question about an earlier comment he made which also referenced something that could have happened outside the tape which might somehow undercut what is revealed.  

'You know, it could be something that we didn't see on tape,' Trump said during a Fox News interview. 'There could be a lot of, if you saw things went off tape, and then back on tape, but it was troubling.' 

Trump appears to be referencing a brief portion of the tape where Arbery and his suspected killers briefly move off screen during a struggle before the unarmed Arbery is shot dead.  

Arbery's autopsy has revealed the 25-year-old was killed by two close-range gunshot wounds to the chest and that he was also shot in the hand when he was chased down and shot by a white father and son vigilante duo in Brunswick, Georgia, in February.

TMZ obtained Ahmaud's autopsy on Monday. The 25-year-old had no drugs or alcohol in his system, and was carrying two tan bandannas which were soaked with blood.

It has taken nearly three months and three different prosecutors for Travis and Gregory McMichael to be arrested and charged with his killing. Georgia's Attorney General is now investigating the handling of the case amid claims that prosecutors passed it off to protect 64-year-old Gregory, a former police detective who recently worked in the local district attorney's office. 

The case has sparked outrage around the world and some say it is proof of persistent racism in the South. Over the weekend, people ran to honor what would have been Ahmaud's 26th birthday and armed protesters took to the street. 

The McMichaels' defense has been that they were making a citizen's arrest after suspecting Ahmaud of breaking into and robbing homes in their neighborhood. They said Travis, 34, then exercised his stand your ground right by shooting Ahmaud, claiming the unarmed 25-year-old reached for his gun. 

On Monday, DoJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said: shotiest 'The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia have been supporting and will continue fully to support and participate in the state investigation. We are assessing all of the evidence to determine whether federal hate crimes charges are appropriate,' Kupec said in a statement.' 

The McMichaels have both been charged by the state of Georgia with murder and aggravated assault which carry maximum prison sentences of life. 

Georgia has no hate crimes as a state but the federal charge carries a maximum prison sentence of life when the hate crime results in death. A federal prosecution would supersede a state case and could negate it if the defendants were found guilty and the need for a state prosecution reduced.  

It comes as new surveillance video Arbery walking into a construction site on the day of his death, looking around the property and then leaving empty handed the day he was gunned down emerged.   

But the new video obtained by News4Jax appears to undermine their shaky burglary suspect claim. It shows Ahmaud walking into an under-construction house in Brunswick, looking around and then leaving without taking anything. 

In the two months before Ahmaud's killing, there were no reports of suspected burglaries in the area, and the owner of the under-construction property has spoken out to say they have no links to the McMichaels whatsoever.  

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Ahmaud Arbery inside the under-construction home on February 23, the day he was killed. He walked into the house then left empty handed and was later shot dead by Travis McMichael who had chased him with his father, Gregory, a former cop 

Ahmaud had been out jogging when he came across the home. His family says the footage shows he was not a burglar and that he would have been guilty of trespassing at most

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Another video shows Ahmaud entering the property. It was taken on a surveillance camera on a different home 

Gregory (left) and Travis McMichael (right) have both been charged with murder and aggravated assault over the February 23 shooting of Ahmaud Arbery

Arbery's death has sparked nationwide outrage. A rally for the slain jogger was held Friday - the day he would have celebrated his 26th birthday 

The video was shared by the property owner who said they had never had any contact with the McMichaels let alone did they call for them to investigate any break-ins. 

The attorney representing Ahmaud's family says the video shows that at most, Ahmaud would have been guilty of trespassing. 

It's unclear what time the video on the construction site was taken. 

According to the police report into his death, Ahmaud was shot dead at 1.46pm. 

A time stamp on a different surveillance camera video says he entered the construction site at 2.13pm. It's possible that camera was inaccurately running an hour fast. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says it is now investigating the video along with the cellphone footage of Ahmaud's killing that went viral.

The property is owned by Larry English. 

Over the weekend, he released a statement through an attorney to say he neither called for the McMichaels to go after Ahmaud, nor did he condone in any way how they killed him. 

Ahmaud was killed while out jogging on February 23. It is unclear if he had come from his mother's house, which is just under two miles from where the shooting unfolded. The McMichaels said they saw him 'hauling a**' down Satilla Drive and that he'd been seen on surveillance cameras inside homes near them but it's unclear which homes they were referring to. He was shot and killed at an intersection not far from the houses 

'First, and most important, the English family -- the homeowners -- want Ahmaud Arbery's parents to know that they are very sorry for the loss of their son and they are praying for them.