Law/Justice

What We Know About the Shooting Death of Ahmaud Arbery

New York Times

Three white Georgia men on Wednesday were found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old unarmed Black man, after suspecting him of committing a series of break-ins in their neighborhood outside of the coastal city of Brunswick, in South Georgia.

The three defendants — Travis McMichael, 35; his father, Gregory McMichael, 65; and their neighbor William Bryan, 52 — face sentences of up to life in prison for the state crimes.

The verdict suggested that the jury agreed with prosecutors’ arguments that Mr. Arbery posed no imminent threat to the men and that the men had no reason to believe he had committed a crime, giving them no legal right to chase him through their suburban neighborhood.

The case has been one of the most closely watched trials with civil rights overtones in the United States since the April murder conviction of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was captured in a bystander video kneeling on the neck of another unarmed Black man, George Floyd, for roughly nine minutes. The video of that incident created an international uproar and raised serious questions about the treatment of minorities at the hands of police.

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