President Biden on Wednesday hailed the guilty verdicts in the murder trial of Ahmaud Arbery, saying his murder demonstrated “how far we have to go in the fight for racial justice in this country.”
what is he saying: “Mr Arbery should be here today, holidaying with his mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, and his father, Marcus Arbery,” Biden said in a statement.
- “While guilty verdicts show our justice system doing its job, that alone is not enough,” he said. “Instead, we must re-commit ourselves to building a future of unity and shared strength.”
- “My administration will continue to work hard to ensure that equal justice under the law is not just a phrase glared in stone over the Supreme Court, but a reality for all Americans.”
why it matters: The president acknowledged that the verdict could not “bring Arbery back to his family”, adding that it only “ensures that those who committed this horrific crime will be punished.”
Vice President Harish A statement said: “Ahmoud Arbery must live, and no pain can take away the pain that … the entire Arbery family and community feels today.”
- “Ahmoud Arbery was a son. He was a brother. He was a friend. He had the meaning of life. We will not forget him.”