William ‘Roddy’ Bryan Wiki – William ‘Roddy’ Bryan Biography
William “Roddy” Bryan has been identified by police as the third man involved in the February murder of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man. Bryan videotaped Gregory and Travis McMichael, a father and son, as they chased down 25-year-old Arbery in their pickup truck as he jogged in their neighborhood. An altercation ensued in which Travis shot and killed Arbery.
According to online records, Bryan is a neighbor of the McMichaels and lived within a mile of the place where Arbery was shot to death. His identity as the third man was unknown to the public until May 6. Civil rights activist Shaun King wrote, “[Bryan] was there, in his car, gun loaded, chasing Ahmaud Arbery. The murderers were talking on the phone together plotting what to do and where to go. All live within a minute of each other.”
William “Roddy” Bryan Leaked Video
Bryan’s video leaked and went viral online May 5, prompting a public outcry that no one had been charged in the shooting.
Georgia Public Broadcasting reported that Alan Tucker, a Georgia criminal defense attorney, leaked the video of the February 23 shooting, though he did not say how he obtained it. He told GPB that his firm does not represent anyone involved in the case.
According to News4Jax, Tucker said he shared the video with local radio station WGIG, which posted the video on YouTube. News4Jax reported that “Tucker said the video was given to him by the person who recorded it.”
Within hours, the video had been shared thousands of times across social media channels and used as a rallying cry by civil rights activists, celebrities, professional athletes and everyday civilians to demand justice for Arbery.
Tucker told GPB in an email “… there was entirely too much speculation, rumor, false narratives, and outright lies surrounding this event” and that he released the video out of love for his community.
In the video, it sounds like Bryan cocks a gun, though there’s no visual of the gun or of Bryan in the cellphone video. According to the police report, there’s no mention of Bryan firing a gun, either.
According to online records, Bryan lives less than a mile from where Arbery was shot and killed. Neither he nor the McMichaels have clarified what their relationship is to one another.
Ahmaud Arbery Murder
The incident took place on February 23 in Brunswick, Georgia. Gregory told police his son acted out of self-defense, and for more than two months, no charges were filed. After the video leaked, the public outcry became louder. Thousands of people across the world began demanding justice for Arbery, a young black man gunned down in broad daylight.
Ahmaud Arbery Suspect Arrested, Charges
On May 7, a day before Arbery would have turned 26 years old, the McMichaels were arrested and each charged with murder and aggravated assault. Bryan is expected to be arrested and charged in the days to come, according to local news networks.
In the initial police report of the incident, Bryan is only referenced as “Roddy.” You can read the full police report here.
According to some of Bryan’s Facebook posts, he is a mechanic from Brunswick, Georgia. Bryan is a Trump supporter and works at a hardware store in the area. He appears to go by “Roddie” or “Roddy” and is 50 years old. According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution, police documents identified him as the person who made the video of Arbery’s death.