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    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The white men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery as he ran on a residential street remained free for more than two months, with police and prosecutors appearing to accept their story that the young Black man was a fleeing criminal who turned and attacked before being fatally shot. Two years after Arbery fell dead on Feb. 23, 2020, the trio responsible for the deadly pursuit has seen its version of events rejected in court. After two trials held a few months apart, the three men have been convicted not only of murder, but also of federal hate crimes. Amid a national reckoning over racial injustice in the criminal legal system, the back-to-back guilty verdicts have bolstered Arbery’s family and local activists who initially feared the killing just outside the Georgia port city of Brunswick might go unpunished. “It shows that there’s hope for our justice system,” said the Rev. John Perry, who was president of the Brunswick NAACP chapter when Arbery was killed. “I don’t think it’s an absolute game changer.” Activists are...
    The family and attorneys of Ahmaud Arbery raise their arms in victory outside the federal courthouse in Brunswick, Ga., after all three men involved in his killing were found guilty of hate crimes.Lewis M. Levine/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.The three men who chased, cornered, and gunned down Ahmaud Arbery were convicted of a federal hate crime today. Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan had already been convicted in Georgia on state-level charges of murder, but today’s decision establishes for the legal record that they killed Arbery because he was Black and ensures that the defendants would still have to serve significant amounts of prison time if their murder convictions were overturned on appeal.  During the murder trial, prosecutors tended to sidestep the topic of race, even as it haunted the proceedings in the form of concerns that the majority-white jury would not give the case a fair hearing. The hate crimes trial, on the other hand, focused directly on the question of whether...
    The men behind the murder of Ahmaud Arbery were convicted on Tuesday on all federal counts in a hate crime trial – a day before the two-year anniversary of Arbery’s death. Arbery, a Black man, was shot and killed in a Georgia neighborhood in 2020 by three White people – Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and their former neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan. The McMichaels and Bryan were convicted of interfering with Arbery’s civil rights and attempted kidnapping. The McMichaels, who are already serving a sentence of life without parole after being convicted in the state trial in November, were also found guilty of, as the Department of Justice alleged in announcing the federal counts last year, “using, carrying, and brandishing—and in Travis’s case, discharging—a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.” The charges carry a sentence of life in prison. In the state trial, Bryan also received a life sentence but, unlike the McMichaels, has the possibility of parole after serving 30 years. Watch above, via CNN. Have a tip we should know? [email protected]
    [Breaking news update at 10:34 a.m.] A jury has found the three White men who killed Ahmaud Arbery guilty on a federal hate crime charge, backing prosecutors’ case that the men chased the 25-year-old through the streets of the Satilla Shores neighborhood, because he was Black. Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan were all found guilty of one count of interference of rights, a federal hate crime charge. They could now receive up to life in prison for the federal convictions. [Previous story, published at 10:17 a.m. ET] A verdict has been reached in the federal hate crimes trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s killers, a judge announced Tuesday morning. The verdict — coming after more than three hours of deliberations Monday and Tuesday — is expected to be read around 10:30 a.m. ET in federal court in Brunswick, Georgia. Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan were previously given life sentences after being convicted in a state court in November of felony murder and other charges for the killing of Arbery, a Black man,...
    Joe Mandala, former boss of Travis McMichael, has revealed when he decided to sever ties with his former employee. According to CNN, Mandala provided a witness testimony as part of the federal hate crimes trial against Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan, the three males convicted for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. The report includes details about Mandala's reaction to learning McMichael had lied about his involvement in the highly publicized murder. Per CNN: "Joe Mandala, McMichael's former boss at Metson Marine, testified that he first heard about the shooting when McMichael called him on the day it took place. According to Mandala's testimony, McMichael said he had shot and killed somebody. McMichael then asked if Mandala remembered him complaining about break-ins around his neighborhood, Mandala testified. Mandala recalled McMichael was calm and repeatedly said he was attacked, and that the shooting was self-defense." Speaking to the jurors, Mandala admitted that he was "shocked and upset" by what he'd learned. "What he told me was a lie...that that was not what had happened was upsetting," Mandala said....
    Travis McMichael, left, speaks with his attorney Jason B. Sheffield, center, during his sentencing, along with his father Greg McMichael and neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan on Jan. 7, 2022 in Brunswick. A jury of eight white people, three Black people, and one Hispanic person has been seated in the federal hate crimes case against three white men earlier convicted in a state trial of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, the Associated Press reported. Three white alternates and one alternate who is a Pacific Islander were also selected in the case on Monday.  Marcus Arbery, Ahmaud Arbery’s father, told reporters after the jury was picked that he was “very pleased.” He also spoke about the case itself and said there’s a lot of evidence regarding the element of race that the state didn’t bring up, former journalist Alex Belsar tweeted. "That's what we want the world to see," the father said. Updates will be added as the trial continues. Jump below the fold for more information on the trial to date. Barbara Arnwine, an attorney who isn’t working on the federal case, spoke in support of Arbery’s family at a...
    Ahmaud Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, reacts as Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley sentences Greg McMichael, his son, Travis McMichael, and neighbor, William"Roddie" Bryan in the Glynn County Courthouse on Jan. 7, 2022. Jury selection started on Monday in the federal hate crimes case against three white men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery when they cornered him for jogging on the site of a home under construction in South Georgia. The facts of the case are pretty straight forward, many of them captured on video. Travis McMichael used a shotgun to fire two deadly shots at Arbery while Travis’ father, Gregory McMichael, a former prosecutorial investigator, was armed in Travis’ pickup truck. Their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, recorded the shooting. Whether their actions against Arbery, a Black man, constitute a hate crime is for a federal court to decide. Of the 52 potential jurors questioned on Monday, U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood said in statements covered by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) that she hopes 36 jurors will qualify before the defense and prosecution start striking them down. Updates will be added as the trial continues. Jump below the fold...
    Ahmaud Arbery's mother Wanda Cooper-Jones reacts as Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley sentences Greg McMichael, his son, Travis McMichael, and a neighbor, William "Roddie" Bryan in the Glynn County Courthouse, on Jan. 7, 2022 in Brunswick, Georgia. On Friday the mother, father, and sister of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year old Black man brutally murdered by three white men after he was observed jogging through their Georgia neighborhood, each provided a victim impact statement ahead of the sentencing of the convicted killers. Such statements are commonly offered at the post-conviction, sentencing stage in murder prosecutions, to emphasize the real-life consequences to the survivors of the victim. The Arbery family’s statements about their loss and grief are singular—each in their own way—because each of them highlight a specific, separate aspect that’s common to the racism that unquestionably motivated their son’s murder. What the statements reveal—perhaps without even intending to do so—is that racism is usually an agglomeration of multiple prejudices and biases, merged into one. In the case of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder, we saw all of them at work, and so did his family.  Marcus Arbery,...
    ATLANTA (CBS News) — The three men convicted in Ahmaud Arbery‘s murder were sentenced Friday to life in prison. Travis McMichael, 35, and his father Gregory McMichael, 66, were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, will have to serve 30 years of his life sentence before he’s eligible for parole. The three men, all of whom are White, were convicted in November for the killing of Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man. Arbery was shot and killed in February 2020 while jogging in a neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia. The shooting was captured on cellphone video, which the jury viewed during the trial. Read more at CBSNews.com>>
    From left, Travis McMichael, William "Roddie" Bryan, and Gregory McMichael.Pool/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., the three men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, were sentenced to life in prison today. The McMichaels were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, while Bryan was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole.  In justifying his decision, Georgia Judge Timothy Walmsley called the video of the killing “a chilling, truly disturbing scene” and said that he was particularly shocked by the way the McMichaels turned their backs to Arbery’s body. “We are all accountable for our own actions,” he said. “In assuming the worst in others, we show our worst character.”  However, Walmsley said that Bryan stood “in very different shoes” because his conduct after the shooting showed that he had “grave concerns” that the murder should not have occurred.  In late November 2021, a Georgia Jury convicted the three men for murdering Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, while...
    Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, delivered a powerful statement at the sentencing hearing for her son’s killers on Friday. Travis McMichael, 35, his father, Gregory McMichael, 66, and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, were all found guilty on various charges related to the 2020 slaying of the 25-year-old Arbery – who was murdered while out jogging. In an emotional statement, Cooper-Jones spoke of the love Ahmaud had for her and his siblings and the love they had for him. While speaking about her son she recalled how he could be “messy” and then took a direct hit at the defense attorney for the McMichaels who infamously invoked Arbery having “dirty toenails” during their murder trial. “I wish he would have cut and cleaned his toenails before he went out for that jog that day,” Cooper-Jones said. “I guess he would have if he knew he would be murdered.” “These men deserve the maximum sentence for their crimes,” she continued. “Ahmaud never said a word to them. He never threatened them. He just wanted to be left alone. They were fully...
    Detroit Lions safety Tracy Walker spoke on how the guilty verdicts given to the three men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery gave him a “sigh of relief.” Hailing from Brunswick, Georgia, Detroit Lions safety Tracy Walker had the privilege of playing alongside one of his close relatives every Sunday when he entered the NFL. In 2018, Walker was welcomed to the league by his second cousin, former Lions cornerback Darius Slay. Yes sir the wick is in the building…. welcome fam @TracyWalkerIII this is crazy….. — Darius Slay (@bigplay24slay) April 28, 2018 Walker’s other second cousin had NFL ambitions like he and Slay, but those dreams never panned out. His name was Ahmaud Arbery. Arbery, who is still remembered as a passionate football player from Brunswick High School, played alongside Walker at Brunswick High School. According to ESPN, Walker lived across the street from his cousin, whom he know for almost his entire life. Describing Arbery as “a beautiful soul,” Walker expressed that he wanted to see justice for his wrongful death. “We want justice for Ahmaud,” Walker said in...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Ahmaud Arbery’s mother woke up Thursday with a new, very important blessing on Thanksgiving Day. But there will still be an empty chair at the family’s celebrations. It is a reminder that while she feels justice was served when the three white men who helped shoot her son were convicted Wednesday for cornering and killing him he ran through a coastal Georgia neighborhood, she will never be made whole again because her son is gone. “This is the second Thanksgiving we’ve had without Ahmaud. But at the same time I’m thankful. This is the first Thanksgiving we are saying we got justice for Ahmaud,” Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday. The three white men who chased and killed Arbery in Brunswick in February 2020 were all convicted of murder Wednesday. They cornered Arbery after finding out he had been seen on a surveillance camera at a nearby house under construction and wanted to question him about recent burglaries in the area. Arbery ran through the neighborhood and other areas near...
    Opinion: It shouldnt have taken all this to convict Ahmaud Arberys killers Prosecutors in the trial of Ahmaud Arberys killers explain why they had faith in the jury Have Excellent Credit? These Cards Are for You Ad Microsoft $200 Sign Up Bonus Just In Time For The Holidays Ad Microsoft Experts Urge Americans to Refi Before 2022 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/51 SLIDES © Getty Images What was the greatest year for film? Eighty-one years ago, the still quite young art of motion pictures hit a pinnacle that, to this day, most film buffs consider unequaled. "Gone with the Wind", "The Wizard of Oz, "Mr. Smith...
    The father of Ahmaud Arbery declared “all lives matter” shortly after a jury found Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan “guilty” of the murder of his son. Speaking on the steps of the courthouse on Wednesday afternoon, Marcus Arbery said that his son’s murder should not happen to anyone, be they black or white. “For real, all lives matter,” Arbery said as the crowd, including Rev. Al Sharpton, nodded in agreement. “Not just black children, we don’t want to see nobody go through this.” He went on to say: I don’t want to see no daddy to watch his kid get shot down like that. It’s all our problem. So let’s keep fighting. Let’s keep doing it and making this a better place for all human beings. All human beings. Love everybody! All human beings need to be treated equally. Today is a good day. Father of Ahmaud Arbery just now: “ALL lives matter. I don’t want no daddy to watch his kid get shot down like that. It’s ALL our problem. So let’s keep fighting to make this...
    Whenever the racist crimes of violent white offenders come to national light, there is always a period when those of us desiring accountability hold our collective breaths and patiently wait — hoping for the best, but prudently expecting the worst. It’s a learned behavior, the self-protective result of knowing that in place of criminal justice, the U.S. has a system that disproportionately criminalizes Black folks and denies them justice. Even when there is unequivocal evidence — as with the video documenting how William Bryan, Travis McMichael and Greg McMichael used pickup trucks and shotguns to track and murder Ahmaud Arbery — there is never the guarantee that an institution built to carry out the whims of white supremacy will break with its original design. The relief expressed by so many on Wednesday, when a Georgia jury announced murder convictions for Arbery’s three white murderers, was itself proof that the verdict was as an exception to the longstanding rule. Which is why it’s so hard to celebrate this decision, a recognizable anomaly that very nearly didn’t happen. After committing murder on...
    Ahmaud Arbery's mother said "God is good" and his supporters chanted "The spirit of Ahmaud defeated the lynch mob" amid celebrations of the guilty verdict against all three defendants in his murder case on Wednesday outside the Brunswick, Ga., courthouse.  Speaking at a press conference, Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, said, "I never thought this day would come, but God is good." "Thank you for those who marched, those who prayed, most of us all the ones who prayed ... Now Quez — which you know him as Ahmaud, I knew him as Quez, he will now rest in peace," Cooper-Jones said. A jury on Wednesday found Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan all guilty of murder. Arbery's father, Marcus Arbery, called for continued action against injustice, telling the crowd that his son's death and others like it are "all our problem." "Let's keep fighting, let's keep going and making this place a better place for all human beings," said Arbery. On this #Thanksgiving holiday, I want you to look at your table and think about the empty seat at Wanda Cooper and...
    Ahmaud Arbery’s parents delivered some brief, emotional comments Wednesday after their son’s killers were found guilty. Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan were all found guilty on multiple counts of murder. The McMichaels chased down Arbery when they spotted him jogging in Georgia in February 2020 before Travis McMichael fatally shot him. “It’s been a long fight,” Wanda Cooper-Jones said, as she thanked everyone who demanded justice for her son’s murder. “It’s been a hard fight, but God is good.” “I never say this day back in 2020,” she said. “I never thought this day would come. But God is good.” “Thank you for those who marched, those who prayed,” Cooper-Jones continued. She concluded by saying her son “will now rest in peace.” Minutes later, Marcus Arbery similarly thanked everyone who supported their fight and said, “I want to give all glory to God, because that’s who made all this possible.” “God put us all together to make this happen!” He told the crowd of supporters that “we conquered that lynch mob” and said, “Let’s keep fighting. Let’s keep...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of the three white men charged in Ahmaud Arbery’s slaying. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — He was at a crossroads, his life stretching out before him, his troubles largely behind him. He had enrolled at South Georgia Technical College, preparing to become an electrician, just like his uncles. But first, he decided, he would take a break. College could wait until the fall. To help keep his head clear, he ran, just about every day. Off he’d go, out of the doors of his mother’s house, down the long street toward Fancy Bluff Road. Then would come the right turn onto the two-lane road lined by oak trees draped with Spanish moss. About a mile and a half into his usual route, Ahmaud Arbery would cross the four lanes of Jekyll Island Causeway into the subdivision of Satilla Shores. On Feb. 23, 2020 — at the age of 25 — he ran through Satilla Shores for the final time. That day, Arbery was shot to death by a father and son who told police they grabbed guns and pursued him in a pickup truck because they believed he was responsible for...
    By RUSS BYNUM BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The case of three white men charged with murder in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery went to the jury Tuesday after a nearly two-week trial in which prosecutors argued that the defendants provoked the fatal confrontation and defense attorneys insisted their clients acted in self-defense. “You can’t claim self-defense if you are the unjustified aggressor,” Linda Dunikoski told jurors in her final closing arguments. “Who started this? It wasn’t Ahmaud Arbery.” The prosecution got the final word because it carries the burden of proving its case beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutors and defense attorneys spent hours on Monday delivering closing arguments that spilled into a second day. Dunikoski spent two hours Tuesday morning hammering at defense attorneys’ attempts to blame the 25-year-old Black man for his own death. Defense attorneys said Arbery lashed out violently with his fists to resist a lawful citizen’s arrest by the defendants. Dunikoski said Arbery’s pursuers had “no badge, no uniform, no authority” and were “just some strange guys in a white pickup truck.” And she cited their...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Jurors in the trial of the three men charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery must decide whether one or all of them is guilty of murder — a conviction that could send them to prison for the rest of their lives. Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael grabbed guns and pursued Arbery in a pickup truck after seeing the 25-year-old Black man running in their neighborhood in the Georgia port city of Brunswick in February 2020. Neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan recorded cellphone video as he joined the pursuit. All three defendants are white. A nine-count indictment charges all three with one count of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment and one count of criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MALICE MURDER AND FELONY MURDER? Unlike many states, Georgia doesn’t have degrees of murder, but instead has malice murder and felony murder. Neither requires prosecutors to prove an intent to kill. Malice murder is when a person “unlawfully and with malice...
    As the trial for the death of Ahmaud Arbery draws to the close, one of the defense lawyers for his alleged killers is getting torn to shreds for a comment she made about Arbery in her closing arguments. Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and Roddie Bryan stand accused of murder and aggravated assault in connection with Arbery’s death in 2020. Bryan followed the McMichaels in their pickup truck last year as they pursued Arbery — who they suspected was a burglar — which led to Travis McMichael fatally shooting Arbery. As the McMichaels have claimed a right to self-defense, their legal strategy has also been rooted in attempts to cast Arbery in a negative light from the events leading up to his death. Gregory McMichael’s defense attorney Laura Hogue, in her closing arguments Monday, went so far as to suggest Arbery was to blame for his own death. Turning Ahmaud Arbery into a victim after the choices that he made does not reflect the reality of what brought Ahmaud Arbery to Satilla Shores in his khaki shorts with no socks to...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Final steps in the trial of three white men charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery were scheduled Tuesday before the case of the 25-year-old Black man’s death goes to the jury. Prosecutors planned to take much of Tuesday morning making their last case to jurors as hours of closing arguments by attorneys spilled into a second day. The prosecution gets the final word in the trial because it carries the burden of proving its case beyond a reasonable doubt. Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley then must give instructions on how to apply the law before the disproportionately white jury can begin deliberations at the Glynn County courthouse in the port city of Brunswick. Arbery’s killing became part of a larger national reckoning on racial injustice after a graphic video of his death leaked online two months later. Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael grabbed guns and pursued Arbery in a pickup truck after spotting him running through their subdivision on Feb. 23, 2020. A neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, joined the chase and recorded...
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson, left, listens to Ahmaud Arbery's mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, right, during the trial for Ahmaud Arbery's shooting death at the Glynn County Courthouse on Monday in Brunswick, Georgia. The trial for three men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery after spotting him running near a home under construction in their coastal Georgia neighborhood has entered its eighth day on Tuesday following a day of factual witnesses called by the state and highly-publicized complaints about Black pastors being allowed in the courtroom. Those complaints all came from one defense attorney Kevin Gough, who is representing William “Roddie” Bryan. Bryan filmed moments of the encounter that ended with Arbery’s death on Feb. 23, 2020, and the white Brunswick resident is accused alongside former cop Gregory McMichael and his son Travis. After issuing a half-hearted apology for earlier targeting Black pastors, Gough voiced similar complaints both toward the beginning and the end of trial proceedings on Monday, once even attempting to trigger a mistrial because civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson dared to join Arbery's parents in court. Judge Timothy Walmsley refused to entertain such a motion, denying...
    Prosecutor Linda Dunikoski conducts jury selection in the trial of the men charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery at the Glynn County Superior Court, on Oct. 27, 2021 in Brunswick. The trial for the three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery began on Monday with testimony from Georgia Bureau of Investigation Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jason Seacrist. Attorney Kevin Gough, who’s representing William “Roddie” Bryan, questioned Seacrist about how GBI contributed to the media’s attention to the case and interviews GBI conducted with Bryan. Seacrist responded by explaining the agency responds to media inquiries but does not initiate interviews. Georgia NAACP President James Woodall tweeted on Monday: “He believes his client is included in this trial simply because of the media circus.” Gough also attempted unsuccessfully to get polygraph results admitted into court for his client, and the judge denied it. xLIVE | BNC goes live for week two in the trial of the three men accused of killing #AhmaudArbery. GBI Agent Jason Seacrist is being cross-examined by the defense.Watch live coverage here: https://t.co/mpKQ1GrIAn pic.twitter.com/5ayMcm6CUP— Black News Channel (@BNCNews) November 15, 2021 Bryan...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Jurors were show graphic, closeup police photos Monday of the gunshot wounds that killed Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Black man who was slain after being chased by white men in pickup trucks who saw him running in their Georgia neighborhood. Glynn County police Sgt. Sheila Ramos walked the jury through dozens of crime scene photos she took about an hour after the shooting on Feb. 23, 2020. She said she collected two spent shotgun shells at the scene, and investigators found a third fired shell still inside the bloodstained 12-gauge shotgun. Arbery’s father, Marcus Arbery Sr., left the courtroom before graphic photos of his son’s body were shown in open court. Wanda Cooper-Jones, the slain man’s mother, stayed and could be heard exhaling quietly as Ramos identified closeup images of a gaping shotgun wound in her son’s chest. Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael armed themselves and used a pickup truck to pursue Arbery after they spotted him running in their neighborhood. A neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, joined the chase and took cellphone video of...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Three white men are to stand trial Friday for chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man whose death was largely ignored until a leaked cellphone video stirred outrage over the shooting and deepened the national outcry over racial injustice. Greg McMichael and his adult son, Travis McMichael, armed themselves and pursued Arbery in a pickup truck after they spotted him running in their neighborhood just outside the Georgia port city of Brunswick on Feb. 23, 2020. A neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, joined the chase and recorded graphic video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery three times with a shotgun. The killing has became part of a broader reckoning on racial injustice in the criminal legal system after a string of fatal encounters between police and Black people such as George Floyd in Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky. Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley planned to have the trial jury sworn in Friday to hear opening statements from prosecutors and defense attorneys. All three defendants are standing trial together, charged with murder and other felony...
    Defense attorney Jason Sheffield, right, sits beside Travis McMichael at the jury selection in the trial.Octavio Jones/Pool Photo via AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.On Friday, opening arguments are set to begin in the trial for the three white men who killed Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man, while he was out on a jog in Georgia. The killing has been likened to a modern-day lynching. In Glynn County, where the trial is taking place, more than a quarter of the population is Black. But the jury selected this week to hear the case will be almost entirely white. The jury consists of 11 white members and only one Black member. A defense attorney representing one of the three white men on trial—Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr.—said he’s happy with that outcome. On Wednesday, prosecutors accused the defense attorneys of disproportionately striking qualified Black people from the jury and basing some of those strikes solely on race, which would be unconstitutional. Judge Timothy...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Attorneys began the final step Wednesday to seat a jury for the trial of three white men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Black man whose slaying stunned people nationwide and roused such strong emotions at home that finding impartial jurors took more than two weeks. A group of 65 potential jurors deemed by the judge to be fair-minded enough to serve returned to the Glynn County courthouse, where prosecutors and defense attorneys needed to narrow the pool down to a final jury of 12, plus four alternate jurors. “We are going to narrow the pool of potential jurors into a final jury,” Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley told the first group at about noon Wednesday. Then a bailiff passed a list of the potential jurors back and forth between the prosecutors and the three defense teams. Lawyers used the list to silently choose people to strike from the jury, which they can do for any strategic reason other than cutting someone solely based on race. The final process of elimination was expected to...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — People questioned during jury selection about the killing of Ahmaud Arbery have said he was “racially profiled” by the white men who chased and shot him, singled out “due to his color” and targeted for being “a Black person who was thought to have been stealing things.” The statements came in response to blunt questions about race from prosecutors and defense attorneys who are trying to seat an impartial jury for the trial over Arbery’s death in the coastal Georgia city of Brunswick. The inquiries elicited some pointed responses. “The whole case is about racism,” one woman, identified only as potential juror No. 199, said Thursday in the courtroom. She said the three men charged with murder “hunted him down and killed him like an animal.” Another prospective juror, No. 72, told the attorneys: “If it was a white guy running through the neighborhood, I don’t think he would have been targeted as a suspect.” The comments could signal trouble for defense attorneys, who have often argued for the dismissal of potential jurors who see Arbery...
    The killing of a 25-year-old, whose only crime was jogging while Black on the "wrong side" of town on the outskirts of Brunswick, Georgia, has been described as a lynching. That's not for dramatic effect. Ahmaud Arbery's broad daylight killing was akin to a public execution committed by three white men who were clearly supremely confident of being afforded every protection by Georgia's legal apparatus. Indeed, we now know Gregory McMichael, one of the accused, is thought to have left a voicemail to former colleague and then-District Attorney Jackie Johnson, on the day Ahmaud died requesting he call her. Johnson never returned the call, but presumably McMichael had contacted Johnson for assurances that he'd have Johnson's support. No surprises then, months later, Johnson was arrested for misconduct in connection to Arbery's killing, accused of preventing police from initially arresting the shooter, Travis McMichael, son of Gregory. In fact, it took months for the arrests of the McMichaels and their accomplice William "Roddy" Bryan to eventually be made, and arguably, had the video of Ahmaud's murder not gone public...
    Janice Braggs (L) demonstrates at the Glynn County Courthouse as jury selection began last Monday in the trial of the defendants in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia. After the first week of jury selection in the murder trial surrounding Ahmaud Arbery's death, the family of the 25-year-old Black man gunned down after being accused of trespassing told local news outlets injustice is still rearing its ugly head in the case. Ex-cop Gregory McMichael, his son Travis, and area resident William "Roddie" Bryan, who filmed parts of the deadly encounter, are accused of murdering Arbery after the McMichaels earlier interpreted the former high school football standout jogging in coastal Georgia’s Satilla Shores community as a criminal act. Despite having Bryan's video, it took prosecutors 74 days following Arbery's death on Feb. 23, 2020 in Brunswick to make an arrest in the case. Former Glynn County District Attorney Jackie Johnson has been charged with obstruction and violating her oath of office in her handling of the case, and George Barnhill, the district attorney of the Waycross Judicial Circuit who took the...
    Hundreds of people were ordered to report for jury duty Monday in Georgia for what could be a long, laborious effort to find jurors to hear the trial of three white men charged with fatally shooting Ahmaud Arbery as he was running in their neighborhood. The slaying of the 25-year-old Black man sparked a national outcry fueled by graphic video of the shooting. Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan are charged with murder and other crimes in Arbery’s death on Feb. 23, 2020, just outside the port city of Brunswick. Jury selection could last two weeks or more. Arbery’s father said he’s praying for an impartial panel and a fair trial, saying Black crime victims too often have been denied justice. “This is 2021, and it’s time for a change,” Marcus Arbery Sr. said in an interview. “We need to be treated equally and get fair justice as human beings, because we’ve been treated wrong so long.” Before the selection process begins, Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley first planned to hold a morning...
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Ahmaud Arbery’s parents on Friday praised the indictment of a former Georgia prosecutor on charges of misconduct in response to their son’s killing, calling it “a very huge win.” A grand jury in coastal Glynn County indicted former Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson on Thursday on charges of violating her oath of office and obstructing police. State prosecutors alleged that she used her position to delay arrests of the white men who chased and killed Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man. Johnson was the county’s top prosecutor when Arbery was fatally shot last year, and one of the armed men who pursued him had worked for her as an investigator. “Yesterday was a very huge win,” Wanda Cooper Jones, Arbery’s mother, told reporters in a video news conference Friday. “I’m speechless. Unfortunately, Ahmaud is not here with us today. But losing Ahmaud, it will change some things here in the state of Georgia.” Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, a Republican, sought the indictment after requesting an investigation of possible misconduct by local prosecutors who...
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Defense attorneys for the men charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery won’t be allowed to present evidence of the slain Black man’s past legal problems when their clients stand trial for murder, a Georgia judge ruled. Gregory and Travis McMichael, a father and son, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. are awaiting trial this fall for chasing and killing 25-year-old Arbery last year as he ran in their neighborhood outside coastal Brunswick. Jury selection is scheduled to start Oct. 18. Attorneys for the McMichaels wanted the jury to hear about Arbery’s past run-ins with law enforcement, including two arrests. They hoped it would bolster their case that the white men reasonably suspected Arbery had committed a crime when they began the pursuit that ended in his death. Prosecutors argued that Arbery’s criminal record and other prior problems should be kept out of the trial, saying they are irrelevant to the defendants’ decision to arm themselves and ultimately shoot a man who was trying to run away. None of them knew Arbery, or anything about his past,...
    Loading the player... Ahmaud Arbery’s powerful legacy continues to impact the community. His big sister, Jasmine Arbery, recently dedicated her master’s degree to her late brother. Jasmine, whose instagram page is @berryso_sweet, took to social media to share a message of overcoming many obstacles to reach new milestones.  Jasmine Arbery honors brother Ahmaud Arbery at graduation. (Credit: Instagram) “Whew! A journey is not great unless you find what you seek,” Jasmine wrote. “My journey was filled with many challenges that included working two jobs, a natural disaster, the tragic loss of my brother, a pandemic, giving birth, anxiety, grief and issues with my financial aid.” Jasmine graduated with a Master’s degree specializing in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Albany State University, according to her social media page. This inspiring recent graduate shared how her real-life experiences prepared her for her career path. She continued to write, “But I am proud to say those challenges equal the factors that will make me an excellent therapist. I have the opportunity to offer support based on real life experiences.” Also...
    Wanda Cooper-Jones was in attendance at a ceremony Monday at the Georgia State Capitol, where Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation that will no longer allow most residents to arrest people they believe have committed a crime. “Today we are replacing a Civil War-era law ripe for abuse with language that balances the sacred right to self-defense of a person’s property with our shared responsibility to root out injustice and set our state on a better path forward,” Kemp said in Atlanta. Wanda Cooper-Jones, mother of Ahmaud Arbery, talks with people after a February candlelight vigil for Arbery at New Springfield Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Georgia. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) “Today, in honor of Ahmaud’s memory,” said the governor, “we commit to taking this step forward together.” Kemp applauded Cooper-Jones, who spoke at the event. “Unfortunately, Ahmaud had to lose his life,” she said. “but the change that has been implemented since we lost him shows my family that he didn’t lose his life in vain.” “I didn’t really think we’d get this type of change within this short time...
    Loading the player... Ahmaud Arbery’s mother has reached an agreement out of court with the 2:23 Foundation after an ongoing dispute.  As theGrio reported last May, supporters of Ahmaud Arbery, who was ambushed and fatally shot in Georgia by two white men, organized a multi-mile run to raise awareness about his murder and honor him on what would’ve been his 26th birthday. Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, says she never gave the organization permission to fundraise in her son’s name and has spoken publicly against it.  Wanda Jones-Cooper with her son, Ahmaud Arbery (Personal Family Picture) Read More: Ahmaud Arbery’s mom accuses group of cashing in on son’s likeness without her permission On Thursday, the Georgia-based non-profit organization announced the agreement they made with Cooper-Jones via a joint press release. It stated that “As part of the agreement, the 2:23 Foundation has decided to phase out its usage of the 2:23 Foundation mark and donate the monies raised from their virtual run and merchandise sales to Ms. Cooper-Jones’ newly established foundation in honor of her son.” The organization has raised over $345,000, according to its...
    More On: Ahmaud Arbery Georgia House votes to repeal citizen’s arrest law over Ahmaud Arbery case Ahmaud Arbery’s mom files federal suit 1 year after his shooting death Judge denies bail request for Ahmaud Arbery suspect Ahmaud Arbery suspect wants prison release due to high blood pressure The three men who allegedly hunted down and killed Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia last year have been hit with federal hate crime and attempted kidnapping charges for the slaying, officials said Wednesday. A federal grand jury in the state returned an indictment charging Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan, with interference with rights and with one count of attempted kidnapping, the Justice Department said. The father-son duo were also hit with one count each of using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, according to the statement. The trio allegedly hunted down Arbery while he was jogging near Brunswick in Glynn County in February 2020. Travis then allegedly shot and killed him. The federal charges are on top of state raps the...
    Three men in Georgia were charged with federal hate crimes on Wednesday in connection with the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was fatally shot while jogging last year. A federal grand jury has charged Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan with one count of interference of civil rights and one count of attempted kidnapping, prosecutors said Wednesday. Travis McMichael and Gregory McMichael were also charged each with one count of using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Arbery was killed in February 2020, but video of the went viral after it was released in May 2020. The video showed Arbery running down a roadway from two vehicles and then struggling with a man over a shotgun. An autopsy revealed that he was shot twice in the chest during the encounter. In June, a grand jury in Georgia charged the McMichaels and Bryan with a total of nine counts of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated...
    ATLANTA - Georgia overhauled a Civil War-era law Wednesday that allowed residents to arrest anyone they suspected of committing a crime — a "citizen's arrest" law invoked by the defense of the three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery last year.  The Arbery case garnered international outrage with civil rights activists saying it marked yet another example of a targeted attack on a Black man.  The Georgia General Assembly approved the bill across party lines by wide margins in both the House and Senate, and now it is headed to Republican Governor Brian Kemp, who has said he will sign it.  "Ahmaud was the victim of vigilante-style violence that has no place in Georgia," Kemp told the media.  Kemp said in a release the bill repealed "Civil War-era language in our laws that is ripe for abuse."    Republican Representative Bert Reeves, the primary sponsor of the bill, said the bill was a "common sense move that should have been done a long time ago. It achieves meaningful reform to prevent vigilantism."  The citizen’s arrest law came under scrutiny after the February 2020 death of Arbery, 25, who was chased down and...
    Demonstrators raise their fists at a parade of passing motorcyclists riding in honor of Ahmaud Arbery at Sidney Lanier Park on May 9, 2020 in Brunswick, Georgia. Georgia lawmakers are halfway to getting historic legislation passed that could serve as a model for the rest of the country and effectively repeal a 158-year-old statute Democrats argue enabled Ahmaud Arbery’s killers by allowing them to legally attempt a citizen’s arrest. Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was unarmed when he was accused of trespassing on the property of a South Georgia home, then hunted down and fatally shot on Feb. 23, 2020. His family has maintained that Arbery, a former high school football standout, was actually just jogging in the area.  James Woodall, state president of the Georgia NAACP, tweeted on Monday that if the Senate passes the legislation removing the citizen’s arrest allowance, "Georgia would be the first state in the nation to do so … This one is for Ahmaud Arbery," Woodall said. "Real tears." After Arbery’s death, it was discovered that Georgia police actually encouraged former prosecutorial investigator Gregory McMichael to play pretend cop for the neighborhood. McMichael, his...
    Loading the player... Wanda Cooper-Jones, the mother of Ahmaud Arbery, is speaking out against an organization she says is cashing in on using her son’s name and likeness without her permission. Cooper-Jones, who is represented by civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt, threatening to seek legal action against the 2:23 Foundation for allegedly violating an agreement it made with her in September 2020 to cease the use of Ahmaud’s likeness, reports TMZ. Wanda Jones-Cooper with her son, Ahmaud Arbery (Personal Family Picture) Read More: Ahmaud Arbery’s mother remembers her son one year after his death The organization reportedly raked up over $225,000 in donations on the one year anniversary of Ahmaud Arbery’s death, apparently causing Cooper-Jones to speak out through her lawyer. She says 2:23 Foundation is not affiliated with her or the family and claims the group is causing public confusion. Merritt, Cooper-Jones’s attorney, tweeted on Wednesday: “Good morning America. You were just robbed for $226K in #AhmaudArbery’s name by @223fdn. 2:23 continues to feign support for “the family” but persist on raising $$$ against Ahmaud’s mothers specific...
    Wanda Cooper, the mother of Ahmaud Arbery, filed a multi-million dollar civil lawsuit Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia on the one-year anniversary of her son's shooting death, NPR reports. Arbery died last February after being shot three times at close range by a white father and son, Gregory and Travis McMichael, while out for a jog in Glynn County, Ga. The duo claimed they thought the 25-year-old Black man was responsible for a string of recent burglaries in the area. According to court documents obtained by NPR, the lawsuit seeks damages from the McMichaels and William "Roddie" Bryan, who filmed the fatal shooting. All three men are facing murder charges over Arbery's death, filed in May. Additionally, the court documents name various law enforcement officers and a district attorney involved in the case, whom the lawsuit says acted in a way that protected the three men by attempting to cover-up the incident.   "For nearly three months, Glynn County police officers, the chief of police, and two prosecutors conspired to hide the circumstances surrounding Ahmaud's death and to protect the...
    By Russ Bynum | Associated Press SAVANNAH, Ga. — When White men armed with guns pursued and killed Ahmaud Arbery as he ran through their neighborhood, few outside the Georgia port city of Brunswick paid much attention at first. A year later, as three men await trial in the Feb. 23, 2020 slaying, those closest to the 25-year-old Black man sought to make sure Arbery’s death isn’t overlooked again. Arbery’s mother filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday accusing the men charged in her son’s death and local authorities who first responded to the shooting of violating his civil rights. The complaint filed by Wanda Cooper-Jones in U.S. District Court seeks $1 million. Attorneys for the men charged with killing Arbery say they suspected he was a burglar and committed no crimes. Members of Arbery’s family in Brunswick were expected to join a memorial procession Tuesday evening in the Satilla Shores subdivision where he fell bleeding in the street from three close-range shotgun blasts. Other relatives planned a candlelight vigil at a church in Waynesboro, where Arbery is buried in his mother’s...
    More On: Ahmaud Arbery Judge denies bail request for Ahmaud Arbery suspect Ahmaud Arbery suspect wants prison release due to high blood pressure Ahmaud Arbery’s accused killers want ‘loaded words’ like ‘victim’ banned at trial Suspect in Ahmaud Arbery killing called DA from scene for help: prosecutors The mother of slain black jogger Ahmaud Arbery filed a $10 million federal lawsuit Tuesday — the one-year anniversary of her son’s death — accusing authorities in Georgia of trying to cover up the killing. Wanda Cooper said in papers filed in the Southern District of Georgia that prosecutors botched the case into her son’s death for months after he was chased down and shot by three white men, including a former cop. The lawsuit names the three men — Travis McMichael, his son Travis, and William “Roddie” Bryan — as well as prosecutors and police officers and officials in Glynn County. “For nearly three months, Glynn County police officers, the chief of police, and two prosecutors conspired to hide the circumstances surrounding Ahmaud’s death and to protect the men who...
    Loading the player... On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery was fatally shot while jogging through a Georgia suburb. Gregory and Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. all face murder charges in the death that added to a season of civil unrest and calls for social justice. Read More: Travis McMichael attempts to explain killing of Ahmaud Arbery in new bodycam video A year later, Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, opened up to NBC News reporter Blayne Alexander about her son and the tragic incident.  “I try but when I laid Ahmaud to rest last February, a part of me left also and it’s hard,” she remarked regarding the ability to move on. “It’s rough. As time passes, I realize that Ahmaud is never coming back. I think before I was numb. I was in a state of just being numb. And as the days have passed, the numbness has left, and I’m really — it’s very painful. Very painful.” Wanda Jones-Cooper with her son, Ahmaud Arbery (Personal Family Picture) The footage of the murder became viral on the internet and shared as outrage grew. Cooper-Jones...
    Several U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday commemorated the one-year anniversary of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was shot and killed while jogging in Georgia. Newly sworn-in Georgia Sen. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockLoeffler leaves door open to 2022 rematch against Warnock Garland expected to become Biden's AG after high court holdup Conservative groups seek to bolster opposition to Biden's HHS pick MORE (D) shared a photo of Arbery on Twitter. Warnock became the first Black U.S. senator from Georgia after defeating former Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLoeffler leaves door open to 2022 rematch against Warnock Perdue on potential 2022 run: GOP must regain the Senate Perdue files paperwork to explore 2022 Senate run MORE. “Rest in peace, Ahmaud. You—and so many other Black men and women taken too soon—should be here today,” Warnock wrote. “Today and every day, we will remember your life and your legacy, and we continue to fight for justice in your name.” Rest in peace, Ahmaud. You—and so many other Black men and women taken too soon—should be here today.Today and every day, we will remember your life and...
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