Justice Department investigating if the murder of Ahmaud Arbery was a hate crime

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The Justice Department is now working to determine if hate crime charges should be filed in the shooting death of an unarmed black man in Georgia. 

This comes as a new video that appears to show Ahmaud Arbery at a home under construction shortly before his encounter with Travis and Gregory McMichael in February. 

The owners of the home say they had nothing to do with Arbery's death and they have no connection to the McMichaels. 

Father, son charged with killing black man Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia

The father and son told police that Arbery looked like a man seen on video breaking into homes. They say they were trying to make a citizens arrest when Arbery was shot and killed by Travis McMichael. 

Police say there were no reports of any thefts or burglaries in the two months before the shooting. 

The McMichaels were arrested last week and charged with murder and aggravated assault 

"I now have a sense of hope. At one point, in the beginning, I didn't have any hope that anything would ever be done about it because I was getting all conflicting information," said Arbery's mom Wanda Cooper Jones.

Georgia's attorney general is also asking the Justice Department to look into how local authorities handled the initial investigation into Arbery's death 

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