The Georgia men accused of murdering a young black man named Ahmaud Arbery have been found guilty of murder, and all face mandatory life in prison.
The AP reported that three men were convicted of murder Wednesday in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, the Black man who was running empty-handed through a Georgia subdivision when the white strangers chased him, trapped him on a quiet street and blasted him with a shotgun.
As the first of 23 guilty verdicts were read, Arbery’s father had to leave the courtroom after leaping up and shouting. At the reading of the last criminal count, Arbery’s mother dropped her head and quietly pumped her fists.
“He didn’t do nothing but run and dream,” Marcus Arbery Sr. said of his son. Outside the courthouse, dozens of Black supporters hugged and cried.
The jury deliberated for about 10 hours before convicting Greg McMichael, son Travis McMichael and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan.
The McMichaels grabbed guns and jumped in a pickup truck to pursue the 25-year-old Arbery after seeing him running outside the Georgia port city of Brunswick. Bryan joined the pursuit in his own pickup and recorded cellphone video of Travis McMichael fatally shooting Arbery.
The father and son told police they suspected Arbery was a fleeing burglar. But the prosecution argued that the men provoked the fatal confrontation and that there was no evidence Arbery committed any crimes in the neighborhood.
But it’s what Ahmaud’s father said outside of the courtroom that has people talking.
Instead of using the moment when all eyes were on him to speed division, Marcus Arbery tried to do his part to heal this broken country.
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Mr. Arbery said that all lives matter, not just blacks, and he doesn’t want to see anybody go through what he’s gone through. He said he wants everyone to keep fighting to make this a better place for all human beings.
You can watch the video below:
What an awesome refreshing statement. https://t.co/g6Qe9wE1ka
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) November 24, 2021
God Bless this man for saying that. Our country needs those words right now, more than ever.
And you can tell they truly came from his heart. He lost his son, yet he is still standing there, trying to spread love and unite the country.
That’s what you call a HERO, folks.
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