Ahmaud Arbery

ATLANTA (CBS46) -- The jury reached a verdict in the case of the three men accused of killing 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot to death while jogging through the Satilla Shores neighborhood near Brunswick, Georgia, on Feb. 23, 2020.

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President Joe Biden said Wednesday the guilty verdicts in the trial for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery "reflect our justice system doing its job," but added, "that alone is not enough." Read full statement here
 
Atlanta Mayoral Candidate and City Council President Felicia Moore issued the following statement on the verdict:

"Today, we can breathe a sigh of relief as fair and impartial justice has been delivered. I want to express my condolences to the family and friends of Ahmaud Arbery. And while no verdict can bring back their loved one. I pray that this moment gives them some measure of closure."

Atlanta Mayoral Candidate and City Councilman Andre Dickens issued the following statement on the verdict:

I wish to extend my condolences to the Arbery family after losing their son and enduring an arduous trial over the past several months. The name “Ahmaud Arbery” is another on a long list of too many Black men and women who were snatched from us far too soon. 

I take solace in knowing that the Arbery family has finally received vindication, and that in this instance, the justice system worked. I’m also thankful that our state government has repealed the archaic ‘Citizen’s Arrest’ law.

Ahmaud Arbery should be alive today and have a chance at a full and productive life. Once again, we must reaffirm that Black lives do indeed matter. As Mayor, I will fight to ensure that more protections extend to the citizens that have historically been overlooked by our justice system.”

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued the following statement in reaction to the verdict reached: 

“I am grateful the jury has found the three men responsible for the senseless murder of Ahmaud Arbery guilty of their crimes. I am hopeful that this verdict gives Mr. Arbery’s family, and people across America, some level of comfort in knowing that these men are being held accountable for taking the life of an innocent young man.”

The Executive Director of the ACLU of Georgia sent this statement on the verdict: 

With their verdict, the jury rejected the vestige of Jim Crow and the assertion of white supremacy that was at the center of this case. This is a vitally important step, brought about because of the determination of Ahmaud Arbery’s family and his community and the public protests, Importantly, this movement led to the repeal of the Citizen’s Arrest law, and we must continue to work for racial equality in the State of Georgia. Glynn County must create an independent Citizen’s Review Board. Black Georgians must have a voice in our state and local governments that fully reflects their share of the population, and we must protect the right to protest without which these men would never have even been arrested.

 

Cobb County District Attorney Flynn D. Broady Jr. released the following statement:   

"The jury representing the Glynn County community made a clear statement in finding the three men guilty of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. That statement reflects a new direction for our communities, this State, and the nation, to denounce hate, division and intolerance and promote unity.  This case has garnered national attention, recalling attention to a past, this nation yearns to forget.   It is important that we never forget. That we look at our past and map a new way forward.  That we understand our prior shortcomings and work to the goal enumerated in our founding documents, “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" and may we add Justice.  In order to do that it takes strength and courage, to demand the rights entitled to us by our Constitution and laws. 

The courage demonstrated by Wanda Cooper Jones is an inspiration to us all. She demanded accountability for the death of her son, Ahmaud.  She placed her faith in God and our criminal justice system that this day would come. I applaud her and Ahmaud’s father, Marcus. Their work has been more than a step towards justice for communities of color. Governor Kemp and the Georgia Legislature amended Georgia’s antiquated Citizen’s Arrest Statute and for the first time enacted a Hate Crime Statute here in Georgia, all due to advocacy for justice for Ahmaud.

The citizens of this state and this nation stood with Wanda and Marcus and their family. We, the Cobb District Attorney’s Office, stood with them.  We were determined that each of the defendants were given a fair trial and I believe we did that.  Our team of lead prosecutor Senior ADA Linda Dunikoski, Senior ADA Paul Camarillo, ADA Larissa Ollivierre and a host of others from our office worked tirelessly to ensure justice for this family.  We held firm to the belief that our criminal justice system works.  When you remove the hate, the intolerance and divisiveness and focus on truth, integrity, and unity that justice will prevail." 

Greg McMichael, Travis McMichael and William Bryan will remain in the custody of the sheriff.

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