After over 11 hours of deliberation, all three of the men accused of murdering Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery were found guilty. Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day, right?
Anxiously awaiting the verdict in The Ahmaud Arbery case. We simply have to do better. Praying for his mother, father, family and those jurors pic.twitter.com/QAj3wxAPfn
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) November 24, 2021
The Justice system is still rigged in favor of a certain complexion (see: Kyle Rittenhouse), but sometimes it does get things right. Mind you, it was clear as day that three racist bozos clearly ran down Arbery and murdered him for the crime of being Black and jogging in Georgia, but the trial by jury still had to go down.
BREAKING: All three men found guilty of murder in trial over death of Ahmaud Arbery.
— ABC News (@ABC) November 24, 2021
The convictions of father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael along with their friend and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan — who all racially profiled Ahmaud Arbery before arming themselves, following him in vehicles, trapping him in the street and shooting the 25-year-old jogger dead in broad daylight in a killing that was recorded on video — likely means the trio of suspected white supremacists will spend the rest of their natural lives in prison.
All three were indicted by a grand jury on malice and felony murder charges as well as aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
Travis McMicheal was found guilty on all counts.
Greg McMicheal was found guilty on all but one of the charges and William Bryan was found guilty on all but three of the charges. There were nine counts that the jury had to consider.
Did we mention that they did everything not to see this case through and it was weeks before anyone was even arrested? Black people with their eyes firmly on the jig know this is just one case. But we’ll take this small W for justice being served despite the fact it won’t bring Ahmaud back.
Peep the reactions reverberating through social media below. Let us know what you think in the comments, and prep yourself for salty white tears (FYI: the jury of 12 featured 11 white people). Now we await the sentencing as they all face life in prison, and the pending federal charges.
Prayers up to the Arbery family.
Remember, if local authorities in Georgia had their way, no one would have ever been charged for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
It took weeks of protest before charges were even brought in the case, 74 days after Arbery was shot and killed in February 2020.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 24, 2021
BREAKING: Greg McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William Bryan are found GUILTY OF MURDER for shooting and killing Ahmaud Arbery on February 23, 2020 in Brunswick, Georgia. They now face life in prison. pic.twitter.com/6O0JRDKHsY— Hayley Mason (@HayleyMasonTV) November 24, 2021
Travis McMichael has been found guilty on all counts in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. All counts, down the line.— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid (@JoyAnnReid) November 24, 2021
The correct verdict in a trial that might not have even occurred had a viral video not drawn national attention to the conduct of local authorities. https://t.co/pDhEZKuaAh— Adam Serwer (@AdamSerwer) November 24, 2021
I’m happy Ahmaud Arbery’s killers are cooked. But never forget that this is not an example of the justice system working. Police didn’t arrest these men. Prosecutors didn’t want them charged. The video wasn’t released initially. It took outrage and pressure to make this happen.— GC says #FreeMarvinGuy (@GNCordova) November 24, 2021
It’s worth remembering the men who killed Ahmad Aubrey originally faced no charges. It took cell phone video of the murder being leaked online to put pressure on state officials to intervene. There can never truly be justice in a system that operates in such a manner.— Erika K Wilson (@Erika_K_Wilson) November 24, 2021
Happy doesn’t seem like the right word, so I’ll say I’m RELIEVED about the verdict in the McMichael & Bryan case for the murder of Ahmad Aubrey. May God bless & protect the Aubrey family! #AhmadArbery— Michelle_BYoung (@michelle_byoung) November 24, 2021
Ahmad Aubrey can finally Rest In Peace. Finally, justice has been served, and his family family can have some sense of relief. pic.twitter.com/8f4aKemjLa— Greg The Brahma Bull (@Greg43098140) November 24, 2021
We can now legally call the killers of Ahmaud Arbery murderers.— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) November 24, 2021
But I’m reminded that to those who loved Arbery and to so many others real justice would be him alive today and able to run without being attacked.