Ahmaud Arbery Case: Georgia Officials, Leaders React To Guilty Verdicts In Murder Trial

Georgia officials were reacting Wednesday afternoon to the verdict in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery after three white Georgia men were found guilty of murder and other charges.

Arbery was fatally shot in February 2020 in Brunswick, about 70 miles south of Savannah. Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan, were charged with murder and other crimes two months after the incident, following the release of cellphone video shot by Bryan of the killing.

Travis McMichael, who fired the shots, was found guilty on all nine counts, including malice murder and four counts of felony murder.

His father, Gregory McMichael, was found not guilty of malice murder but guilty of felony murder and all other charges.

Bryan was found guilty of three counts felony murder, one count aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony. He was not convicted of malice murder, one count of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault.

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Here are the reactions Georgia officials and prominent leaders:

Governor Brian Kemp

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Sen. Raphael Warnock

Sen. Raphael Warnock said today’s verdict upholds a sense of accountability, but not true justice.

"True justice looks like a young Black man not having to worry about being harmed — or killed — while on a jog, while sleeping in his bed, while living what should be a very long life. Ahmaud should be with us today.

"I am grateful to the jury for their service and for a verdict that says Ahmaud Arbery’s life mattered. He was a son, a nephew, a child of God and he did not deserve to die in this way.

"I will continue working and praying for true justice and for the family as they continue to grieve and begin the long and difficult journey towards healing."

Sen. Jon Ossoff

Sen. Jon Ossoff also released a statement Wednesday evening, saying, “I extend again my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the Arbery family and my gratitude to the jury and court for their service.

“Ahmaud Arbery was a young man whose life was stolen from him, from his family, from the many who knew and loved him, and from the countless lives he would have touched in decades to come.

“Ahmaud Arbery’s murderers will be held accountable, but a historic civil rights mobilization was necessary for the killers to face prosecution at all. There was nearly impunity for this murder, and further investigation is necessary to determine how and why officials initially refused to pursue the case.

“The circumstances of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder and the struggle required to secure a prosecution demonstrate profoundly the urgency of reforms to make equal justice real in America.”

Savannah Mayor Johnson

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Stacey Abrams

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Chief Jacques Battiste

Glynn County Police Chief Jacques Battiste has prepared the following statement in regards to the verdict:

“Justice has been served. We recognize that there is hurt in our community, and hearts are heavy with emotions, however we are hopeful that we will all continue to heal together. Our hope is that today’s verdict brings solace and peace to the family of Ahmaud Arbery.”

Rep. Derek Mallow

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This article originally appeared on Savannah Morning News: Ahmaud Arbery murder trial: Stacey Abrams, Kemp other GA leaders react

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