The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported on the footage, which it obtained after the video was filed with public court documents in the murder case against the McMichaels.
Travis McMichael can be seen cooperating with an officer taking photos of his blood-spattered arms and a bruise on his face, where he says Arbery struck him.
The officer asks you to be patient while the police collect evidence.
“I want it to be done right, because this doesn’t look good,” says Travis McMichael. “I mean, I just shot a man. The last thing I’ve ever wanted to do in my life. “
Attorneys for the McMichaels argue that they were justified in pursuing Arbery because they suspected him of being a thief and that Travis McMichael acted in self-defense when he attacked Arbery three times with a shotgun.
It took more than two months before the McMichaels were charged with Arbery’s death, after video of the shooting on the mobile phone was made public and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case from local police. .
Body camera footage shows the first officer arriving shortly after hearing gunshots to find the McMichaels standing on either side of Arbery, lying face down on the pavement.
“Alright guys, everyone has their weapons up, correct?” the officer asks The men do not carry weapons.
Gregory McMichael can be seen trying to comfort his son, who is pacing back and forth.
“It’s going to be okay,” Gregory McMichael tells him. “You had no choice.”
One of Arbery’s legs moves and her head turns slightly. A gasping sound can be heard in the recording.
The second arriving officer dons rubber gloves, rolls Arbery, and presses a hand to the wound on his chest.
“Still breathing, man,” says the voice of a nearby man.
“I know. I’m going to try to do something for him,” replies the officer. He stops after about two minutes and calls to inform dispatchers that Arbery is dead.
Gregory McMichael had recently retired from a long career as an attorney for the local district attorney.
At least two of the officers who arrived recognized him and called him by name.
To those he doesn’t know, he tells that he’s a former law enforcement officer and that the .357 Magnum pistol he grabbed before chasing Arbery was issued by the police.
Gregory McMichael tells police that Arbery attacked his son and “was trying to take the shotgun from him.”
“To be completely honest with you, if I could shoot the guy, I would have shot him myself,” he tells an officer.
Another officer walks up and says, “I know Greg. How are you?”
He asks her what the police plan to do with her son.
“They’re not putting handcuffs on him, are they?” Gregory McMichael says.
“No,” replies the officer. “Why would he be handcuffed?”
Prosecutors have said it was Arbery who was fighting for this life when he was shot.
Mobile phone video shows Arbery trying to run around McMichaels’ pickup truck before coming face to face with Travis McMichael holding a shotgun.
The video shows Arbery punching him and fighting for the gun between shots. Arbery staggers and falls after the third shot hits him point-blank.
The video was taken by William “Roddie” Bryan, a neighbor who joined the chase and was later also charged with murder. The body camera footage also shows Bryan’s first interview with the police.
Like the McMichaels, Bryan says he believes Arbery was responsible for the robberies in his neighborhood. It was later revealed to be an open frame home under construction that Arbery was seen entering, and an attorney for the owner later said nothing had been stolen.
“Obviously he was up to something,” Bryan tells an officer, describing how he maneuvered his own truck to try to stop Arbery from escaping.
“Should we have been chasing him?” Bryan says. “I do not know.”
GBI state investigators arrested the McMichaels on murder charges the day after the agency began its own investigation in May.
A judge has denied bail to the three defendants, whose lawyers are appealing the decision to keep them in jail.
The Glynn County officers dispatched to the shooting do not appear to question McMichaels’ account that they were justified in killing Arbery.
In one video, an officer standing outside the crime scene tape asks another: “Did he shoot you? Some self defense?
“That’s what it looks like,” replies the other officer.