Murder of Ahmaud Arbery: the three white accused convicted

TWhite American kings were convicted on Wednesday, November 24, of the murder of African-American jogger Ahmaud Arbery, whom they had prosecuted and then shot dead in February 2020 in the state of Georgia. Travis McMichael, the author of the fatal shots, his father Gregory McMichael and their neighbor William Bryan, who participated in the pursuit, were on trial in Brunswick, in this southern state of the United States, over the tragedy. which had fueled the major anti-racist protests in the summer of 2020 across the country. The twelve jurors, including one black man, deliberated for more than eleven hours to reach this unanimous verdict.

The announcement was greeted by protesters who chanted Ahmaud Arbery’s name outside the courthouse. In the room, a family member shouted for joy when Travis McMichael was convicted. On February 23, 2020, the 25-year-old was jogging in this coastal town in the southeastern United States when he was chased by the three men. After an altercation, Travis McMichael opened fire and killed the jogger. The three defendants then assured to have taken him for a burglar operating in the vicinity and had invoked a law of Georgia then authorizing ordinary citizens to make arrests.

An icon of the Black Lives Matter movement

A video of the drama, made public nearly three months later, had scandalized the United States and Ahmaud Arbery had become an icon of the anti-racist movement Black Lives Matter (black lives matter). The racial dimension of this case, in a state still marked by racism and segregation, was long overlooked during the trial, which lasted more than a month. The three defendants are also indicted for racist crime by federal justice and will be tried again in February.

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