A suspect in the Georgia shooting death of unarmed black jogger Ahmaud Arbery says it’s “manifestly unjust” that he’s being held without bail while cops accused in the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks are all walking free.
William “Roddie” Bryan argues in court papers that he is unfairly being held while the suspects in the high-profile, racially-charged police shooting cases have all been granted bonds while awaiting trial, TMZ reported Monday.
Meanwhile, Bryan, “armed only with a cell phone and located more than 50 feet from Mr. Arbery at the time of the shooting, languishes in the Glynn County Detention Center,” the court papers say, according to TMZ.
Bryan shot the four-minute viral mobile phone footage of Arbery’s Feb. 23 shooting death in Glynn County, Georgia, and is one of three white men now awaiting trial on murder charges.
Police said Bryan, Gregory McMichael, and his son Travis McMichael, chased down and cornered the 25-year-old jogger claiming they believed him to be a local burglar before the younger McMichael fatally shot him with a shotgun.
According to authorities, Bryan — who has been jailed since his arrest on May 21 — used his pickup truck to try to trap Arbery and even struck him with the vehicle to stop him from fleeing.
But his lawyer claims Bryan poses much less of a threat to flee and no danger to the community and should be granted bail while awaiting trial.
Bryan was last denied bail in a hearing in July.
In the other high-profile cases, four ex-Minneapolis cops charged in Floyd’s death on May 25 are all free on bond, including former officer Derek Chauvin, who faces murder charges in the case and is out on a $1 million bond.
Since-fired Louisville, Kentucky, Detective Brett Hankison, was released on $15,000 bail on weapons charges related to a March 13 raid on Taylor’s home during a botched drug raid that left the 26-year-old emergency room tech dead.
Two other cops involved in the raid — Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove — were not charged.
And Garrett Rolfe, the former Atalanta police officer charged with shooting Brooks on June 12 while trying to arrest him, is free on a $500,000 bond.