Whites claimed both black men were burglars. They weren’t.
The brutal beating of a black man in Iowa follows the same pattern of two other white men taking the law into their own hands and murdering Ahmaud Arbery, 25, in Georgia earlier this year because they suspected him of burglarizing homes in the neighborhood although police said none had occurred.
DarQuan Jones,22, was beaten by two unidentified white men, in their 30s, on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa. They claimed Jones was a burglar although he was ringing the doorbell in the early morning hours to visit his girlfriend.
The two men choked Jones, punched him in the face before dragging him to a nearby creek and shoving his face underwater. They ran away when two women heard Jones’ cries for help. While beating him, one of the thugs called Jones “nigger.” So far no arrests have been made.
In Arbery’s case, Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, trailed Arbery, who was jogging, in their pickup truck, believing he committed burglaries in the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia.
Gregory McMichael was armed with a .357 Magnum revolver, and Travis McMichael, his son, was armed with a shotgun. The McMichaels cut off Arbery as he attempted to run around their truck. Travis McMichael jumped from the vehicle before shooting Arbery twice, killing him on February 23.
The district attorney did not charge the McMichael’s with a crime at the time. More than two months after the deadly shooting, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested and charged the father and son with murder and aggravated assault following the release of a cellphone video showing Travis McMichael shooting to death Arberry.
On Thursday, May 21, officers from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested William “Roddie” Bryan, Jr., who filmed Arbery’s deadly shooting, and charged him with felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. Bryan,50, was in car following the McMichael’s’ pickup truck.
He recorded Travis McMichael shooting and killing Arbery. The 50-year-old Bryan was booked in the Glynn County Jail. He is a Trump supporter who worked as a mechanic.
GBI director William Bryan said Bryan was not a good Samaritan or a witness to Arbery’s but significant player in his murder.