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Jay-Z, Alicia Keys call for action in Ahmaud Arbery ‘hate crime’

Singers Jay-Z and Alicia Keys have joined the fight for justice for Ahmaud Arbery, whose final moments were caught on video (pictured, back). Photo: AAP/ Getty
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Megastars Jay-Z and Alicia Keys have called for swift action in what they say was a clear “hate crime”, as prominent Americans joined the fight for justice for a young man gunned down while out for a jog.

All over the US at the weekend, Americans laced up their runners and hit the pavement as they paid tribute to Ahmaud Arbery a black man whose death has shocked the country.

It comes after a disturbing video was released last week showing the 25-year-old Mr Arbery stumbling to the ground after shots ring out in a residential street.

“If anybody saw that horrifying video of his killing, it is heartbreaking, unbelievably unacceptable and inhumane,” Alicia Keys said in a statement to the Associated Press on Sunday night.

“No human being should be murdered and not receive justice. I have black sons and they should be able to go on a jog or anywhere they want without the risk of being killed.”

In this image from video posted on Twitter Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery stumbles and falls to the ground after being shot.

Rappers Mario “Yo Gotti” Mims, Robert “Meek Mill” Williams and two lawyers also signed Jay-Z social justice arm Team Roc’s open letter.

It was published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and directed at state officials.

“We are all Ahmaud Arbery,” rapper Yo Gotti said in a statement.

“Everyday activities should not end in death sentences.

“We must hold people responsible for their actions.

“Ahmaud Arbery was unarmed and innocent and his killers must be brought to justice.”

The letter said District Attorney Tom Durden should be recused from the case due to a conflict of interest because Gregory McMichael, one of the two men charged with murder, was a former police officer.

The stars urged state Attorney-General Christopher Carr to instead appoint a special prosecutor to help achieve a fair trial.

The letter also says a neighbour should be charged as an armed accomplice.

Mr Arbery was shot dead on February 23, but no charges were brought for more than two months.

National outrage over the case swelled last week after the video of his death surfaced. It appeared to have been captured in a car following Mr Arbery.

Americans hit the pavement for runs and walks to protest and call for justice for Mr Arbery. Photo: Getty Images

In the footage, the young man is seen running in the Brunswick neighbourhood when he attempts to dodge around a ute stopped in the middle of the road.

Two other men can be seen in the footage, one of whom appears to be armed with a long firearm when he confronts Mr Abery.

Multiple shots are heard and Mr Arbery struggles against one of the men before stumbling and falling on the road.

Travis McMichael, 34, and his father Gregory McMichael, 64, were charged with murder and aggravated assault in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. Photo: Getty

Shortly after the film was leaked, Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son, Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault.

The father and son said they thought Mr Arbery matched the appearance of a burglary suspect who they said had been recorded on a surveillance camera some time before.

Mr Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, has said she thinks her 25-year-old son, a former high school football player, was just jogging in the neighbourhood before he was killed.

-with AAP