Trump reveals he’s seen ‘empty spot’ on Ahmaud Arbery death tape and says shooting ‘doesn’t look good’ – The Sun
PRESIDENT Donald Trump has revealed that he’s seen an "empty spot" on Ahmaud Arbery death tape and said the shooting "doesn't look good."
The video was of Arbery – a black man who was shot and killed by a father and son as he was jogging on February 23 in Georgia.
Trump said at a presser on Monday: "I saw the tape and when they moved left I don’t believe anybody saw what was going on.
"It’s an empty spot of the tape. Based on what I saw – it doesn't look good."
His statement comes as the two white men accused of killing black jogger Ahmaud Arbery could be hit with hate crime charges – after a prosecutor initially called the fatal shooting "justifiable homicide."
The president added: "Somebody that I have a lot of respect for, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott – I called him two days ago. I said: 'Tim… what do you think? Tell me.'
"He was very disturbed by it and I’m very disturbed also."
Trump also said Arbery looked "like a wonderful young guy" when referring to a photo of him in donning a tuxedo.
"It's a very sad thing," he said, admitting he was "following that one very closely and it breaks your heart to watch it."
The death tape is a 36-second video that shows a father and son confronting and killing Arbery.
The horrifying footage of Arbery's death was leaked on May 5, inciting outrage on social media and prompting a two-day probe.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation charged Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34, with felony murder and aggravated assault last Thursday.
A coroner said Monday that Arbery died from multiple shotgun wounds, according to TMZ.
He died from two close-range shotgun blasts in his chest, TMZ reported, and X-rays showed two separate groups of buckshot pellets.
The DOJ said that it will determine if hate crime charges for the brutal slaying are "appropriate."
Last Tuesday, presidential candidate Joe Biden weighed in on the killing on Twitter: "Ahmaud Arbery was killed in cold blood.
"The video is clear: Ahmaud Arbery was killed in cold blood," Biden wrote.
"My heart goes out to his family, who deserve justice and deserve it now. It is time for a swift, full, and transparent investigation into his murder."
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