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Ahmaud Arbery verdict – live: All three defendants convicted of murder as Biden condemns ‘horrible crime’



Ahmaud Arbery’s mother reacts to three guilty verdicts for murder of son

Three white men have been found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a Black jogger who they chased in their trucks then shot and killed as he made his way through a suburban neighbourhood in Georgia last February.

The shooting, along with the murder of George Floyd last May by police in Minneapolis, helped inspire 2020’s mass racial injustice protests.

Gregory McMichael, his son Travis, and their neighbour William “Roddie” Bryan faced a total of nine state charges, including malice murder, felony murder, false imprisonment, aggravated assault with a 12-gauge shotgun, and aggravated assault with pickup trucks, after pursuing Mr Arbery, 25, through the community of Satilla Shores, near Brunswick, Georgia, on 23 February of last year.

The jury began deliberations on Tuesday in Glynn County, Georgia, and considered the charges for more than 10 hours, before handing back a complicated final decision.

Travis McMichael, the man who shot Mr Arbery, was found guilty on all nine counts.

Gregory McMichael, who rode in the same truck as his son Travis, where the men were armed with a pistol and a shotgun, was found not guilty of malice murder, but guilty on all other counts.

Bryan, their neighbour, who joined the pursuit in his own truck and filmed the encounter, was found not guilty of malice murder and one count of felony murder, while being held guilty on three other counts of felony murder and three other charges.

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‘Black lives do matter’: America reacts to Ahmaud Arbery verdict

There were cries in celebration and relief after three white men were found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a Black jogger who they shot and killed as he made his way through a suburban neighbourhood in Georgia in early 2020.

Georgia Democrat and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams took to Twitter, posting: “A jury believed the evidence of their eyes and saw the meanness in the killers’ hearts. May this verdict bring a small measure of peace to Ahmaud Arbery’s family and loved ones.”

The Reverend Al Sharpton, speaking outside the court following the verdict, noted the landmark decision by the jury: “And let the word go forth all over the world, that a jury of 11 whites and one Black in the Deep South stood up in the courtroom and said that Black lives do matter.”

Nathan Place24 November 2021 20:30

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Sen Raphael Warnock: ‘Ahmaud should be with us today’

Senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia has issued a statement on the Ahmaud Arbery verdict, hailing the outcome but saying it falls short of “true justice.”

“This verdict upholds a sense of accountability, but not true justice,” Mr Warnock wrote. “True justice looks like a Black man not having to worry about being harmed – or killed – while on a jog, while sleeping in his bed, while living what should be a very long life. Ahmaud should be with us today.”

Nathan Place24 November 2021 20:20

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President Biden reacts to verdict, calls Arbery’s murder ‘horrible crime’

President Joe Biden has made a statement on the verdict, calling the murder “a devastating reminder of how far we have to go in the fight for racial justice in this country.”

“Mr Arbery should be here today, celebrating the holidays with his mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, and his father, Marcus Arbery,” the president said. “Nothing can bring Mr Arbery back to his family and to his community, but the verdict ensures that those who committed this horrible crime will be punished.”

“While the guilty verdicts reflect our justice system doing its job, that alone is not enough,” he went on. “Instead, we must recommit ourselves to building a future of unity and shared strength, where no one fears violence because of the color of their skin. My administration will continue to do the hard work to ensure that equal justice under law is not just a phrase emblazoned in stone above the Supreme Court, but a reality for all Americans.”

Nathan Place24 November 2021 20:10

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Ahmaud Arbery’s mother shakes with emotion as verdicts are read

Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, could be seen nodding her head and shaking her hands with emotion as her son’s killers were declared guilty.

Nathan Place24 November 2021 20:00

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Georgia’s governor praises verdict, condemns ‘vigilantism’

Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia has released a statement on the verdict, condemning the actions of Mr Arbery’s killers and hoping for national “healing.”

“Ahmaud Arbery was the victim of a vigilantism that has no place in Georgia,” Mr Kemp wrote. “As legal efforts continue to hold accountable all who may be responsible, we hope the Arbery family, the Brunswick community, our state, and those around the nation who have been following his case can now move forward down a path of healing and reconciliation.”

Nathan Place24 November 2021 19:50

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All three defendants found guilty of murder

All three defendants – Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan – have been found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a Black jogger who they chased in their trucks then shot and killed as he made his way through a suburban neighbourhood in Georgia last February.

The shooting, along with the murder of George Floyd last May by police in Minneapolis, helped inspire 2020’s mass racial injustice protests.

Nathan Place24 November 2021 19:38



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