Travis McMichael (from left); his father, Gregory McMichael; and William "Roddie" Bryan have been on trial over the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was fatally shot while out for a run last year in Georgia.
Three angry racist white men were found guilty of murder Wednesday in the shooting death of Ahmad Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man whose killing last year helped fuel a national debate on racial profiling and vigilantism.
Gregory McMichael, 65, his son, Travis McMichael, 35, and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., 52, chased down Arbery in their pickup trucks as he ran through their Satilla Shores subdivision near the coastal port city of Brunswick before the younger McMichael shot him dead.
The men later said they were attempting to make a citizen’s arrest and that Travis McMichael was acting in self-defense, because he fired only after Arbery, in his final moments, had lunged for him and his gun.
The murder convictions carry a sentence of life in prison. The men were also convicted of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony.
“We finally got justice for our boy,” Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, said as she came out of the courtroom. “We finally got justice.”
While this case raised a lot of issues, the obvious fact that can not be undermined is that the previous DA refused to arrest these convicted murderers… They would have gotten away with murder if the video of the deadly encounter did not surface..
The reality today in America is the notion that many “white policemen and young men” believe that they are above the law, and can get away with murder.
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