December 3, 2021

Ahmaud Arbery murder case: Relief from many in Bay Area after Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, William Bryan found guilty

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — The guilty verdict in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery — who was shot and killed by three white males whereas on a run by way of a Georgia neighborhood — has led many in the Bay Area to breathe an enormous sigh of reduction.

Oakland-based civil rights legal professional John Burris stated that he was “elated” when the decision got here in. Cat Brooks, the co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Mission, stated, “I exhaled, for a minute.”

Each Brooks and Burris watched the trial intently, anxiously hoping this could be the result, whereas figuring out how so typically the Black neighborhood has felt failed by the U.S. justice system.

“There’s no significant history to say jurors will see this objectively,” Burris advised ABC7 Information. “And so that’s why at this point in time it’s so significant, even though the evidence is pretty clear.”

Regardless of the reduction and elation, those that welcome this final result should not celebrating.

President Joe Biden tweeted, “Nothing can bring Mr. Arbery back to his family and to his community. But the verdict ensures that those who committed this horrible crime will be punished.”

Vice President Kamala Harris stated in an announcement that Arbery “should be alive” after which criticized the protection counsel, saying they “dehumanized a young Black man with racist tropes.”

In the course of the trial, a protection lawyer introduced up Arbery’s soiled toenails.

“Ahamud Arbery is not an exception to the rule of what happens to Black people in this country,” Brooks stated.

“The association of Black people with criminality. Not just in Georgia. Right here in the Bay Area, too, and cities and towns across the nation,” she added. “You see this with stuff on Nextdoor, and other sites that have ‘suspicious people’ in their neighborhoods.”

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Brooks additionally identified that the trial solely occurred after neighborhood activism introduced consideration to the murder and video emerged displaying the crime. It took two months for the three males to be arrested.

Brooks and Burris say though the struggle for racial fairness is much from over, the actual fact this jury got here to this conclusion exhibits actual progress.

“It may be just a mark along the way, but I think progress, little marks along the way, help,” Burris stated, “And so pretty soon it becomes part of the lexicon from the community, so to me this is very important.”