Law/Justice

Ahmaud’s Killers Are Guilty, But Trayvon’s Shooter Went Free. Here’s Why.

By CYNTHIA LEE, Politico

The recent verdict in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery stands in stark contrast with the fallout from the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012. George Zimmerman, the man who killed Martin in Florida, was acquitted of all charges. This week, three Georgia men — Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan — were found guilty of murdering Arbery.

Arbery’s and Martin’s deaths were eerily similar: Armed men pursuing and fatally shooting young, unarmed Black males — Arbery, 25, and Martin, 17. So, what explains the difference in outcome?

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