GEORGIA – Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man, was shot and killed by three white men and after weeks of protests and other shenanigans by local authorities, the murderers have been brought to justice.
Arbery was shot and killed in February 2020 by Greg McMichael, age 65, and Travis McMichael, age 35, (Father and son) and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, age 52. Racial slurs were uttered and police ignored the dying Arbery. A local prosecutor, Jackie Johnson, had been arrested and criminally charged for an alleged attempt to cover up the murder.
President Joe Biden released a statement on the guilty verdicts:
After weeks of protest before charges were even brought in the case, 74 days after Arbery was shot and killed in February 2020.
Ahmaud Arbery’s killing – witnessed by the world on video – is 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. 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. 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.
More litigation is pending in the case.