Ahmaud Arbery’s parents and prominent civil rights figures joined hands outside a courthouse in Brunswick, Georgia, after a jury found three white men guilty of murder and of stalking and shooting a 25-year-old black man. Others joined the charges, joining many. In appreciating sentencing as a major milestone towards eliminating racial inequality in the criminal justice system.
Addressing the media and a large crowd, the Rev. Al Sharpton said, “Promote around the world that a jury of 11 whites and one black in the Deep South stood in the courtroom to say that black lives matter.” Workers gathered outside the court premises.
Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, hailed the verdict and said she “never thought this day would come” when her son was shot on February 23, 2020.
President Joe Biden “While guilty verdicts reflect our justice system doing its job, that alone is not enough,” said in a statement, calling Arbery’s murder “a devastating reminder of how far we have to go in the fight for racial justice.”
Georgia Gov. Brian Kempo (R) issued a statement saluting the verdict as the right decision, “Arbery was the victim of a vigilante who has no place in Georgia.”
Stacey Abrams, a prominent Georgia activist and former Democratic nominee for governor, tweeted The jury “believed the evidence in their eyes and saw the meanness in the hearts of the murderers” during the trial, adding that Georgia should continue to “move forward on criminal justice reforms”.