Politicians, activists react to guilty verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery murder

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Politicians and prominent activists on Wednesday praised the guilty verdict in the murder trial of Ahmaud Arbery, but said more needed to be done to fix the country’s judicial system.

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Running news: All three suspects, who are white, pleaded guilty to the murder of Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who chased and shot him while on the run in February 2020.

What are they saying: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a statement: “I am grateful that the jury has found three men responsible for their crimes in the senseless murder of Ahmaud Arbery.”

  • “I hope this decision will bring some relief to Mr. Arbery’s family, and to the people of America, to know that these people are being held accountable,” he said.
  • “Today’s decision upholds a sense of accountability, but not true justice,” Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) said in a statement after the verdict was announced.
  • “True justice looks like a young black man who doesn’t have to worry about being harmed or killed – living a very long life, on a jog, while sleeping in his bed,” he said. .
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Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump called Arbery’s murder was a “lynching”, but it was not clear whether justice would ultimately lead to the murder.

  • “Today certainly indicates progress, but we are nowhere near the finish line,” Crump, who is also Arbery’s father’s lawyer, said.

“Holding one person accountable does not solve The systemic injustice we face – it does not cure the root of hatred,” said Martin Luther King III Tweet,

  • People should be held accountable for their actions, but the only way we have real change is through a revolution of values.”
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President Biden calls Arbery’s murder “A devastating reminder of how far we have to go in the fight for racial justice in this country.”

  • “My administration will continue to work hard to ensure that equal justice under the law is not just a phrase stoned above the Supreme Court, but a reality for all Americans,” he said.

Our thought bubble via Nerdshala Russell Contreras: Arbery’s murder, caught on video, occurred weeks before the death of George Floyd and helped spark a heat of protest over systemic racism.

  • His killing was viewed by many black Americans as modern lynchings in an area where lynching black men were routinely lynching during the Jim Crow era.

Editor’s Note: This story will be updated as responses come in.

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