The man who filmed video of the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery in February has been arrested, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Thursday.
He is charged with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
William “Roddie” Bryan recorded the video that ignited anger and protests in the Brunswick area earlier this month. It shows Ahmaud Arbery, who is black, jogging down a residential street, two white men confronting him, and the ensuing struggle.
Gunshots ring out before Arbery falls to the ground.
The other two men in the video, Gregory and Travis McMichael, were arrested two days after the video became public, once the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case.
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Even as supporters of Arbery’s family celebrated those arrests, they called for Bryan to be arrested as well, claiming he was involved in the incident.
Bryan and his lawyer, Kevin Gough, denied any involvement or even any relationship with the McMichaels.
But his name does appear in the police report filed the day of the shooting. Gregory McMichael told police that after he and Travis attempted and failed to stop Arbery, “Roddy” tried to intercept him, according to the report.
On May 21, 2020, the GBI arrested William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., age 50, on charges of Felony Murder & Criminal Attempt to Commit False Imprisonment. Read the updated press release here ⬇️:https://t.co/VJCuz8chVr pic.twitter.com/MXcs8qEY8m
— GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) May 21, 2020
In a statement, lawyers for Arbery’s parents said the family was “relieved” to learn of Bryan’s arrest.
“We want anyone who participated in the murder of Mr. Arbery to be held accountable,” they said.