Three white men found guilty over murder of Ahmaud Arbery

 Three white men found guilty over murder of Ahmaud Arbery
The men chased the Black 25-year-old in their trucks before shooting and killing him

3人の白人男性が殺人罪で有罪判決を受けた アーマウドアーベリー, a Black jogger making his way through a suburban neighbourhood in ジョージア 昨年2月, who they chased in their trucks before shooting and killing him.

撮影, along with the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, 2020年の大規模な人種的不公正の抗議を刺激するのに役立ちました.

グレゴリー・マクマイケル, 彼の息子トラビス, そして彼らの隣人ウィリアム「ロディ」ブライアンは合計9つの州の告発に直面した, 悪意のある殺人を含む, 重罪謀殺, 逮捕監禁, 12ゲージの散弾銃による暴行の悪化, ピックアップトラックによる暴行の悪化, アーベリー氏を追跡した後, 25, サティラショアーズのコミュニティを通じて, ブランズウィックの近く, ジョージア, オン 23 昨年の2月. They pleaded not guilty on all charges.

Inside the courtroom, the Arbery family jumped, clapped, and cried out in celebration when the verdicts were announced. They have compared Ahmaud’s killing to a “現代のリンチ.」

They addressed the public from the courthouse steps later that day.

Mr Arbery’s mother Wanda Cooper-Jones said, “I never thought this day would come — but God is good.”

“I don’t want to see no daddy watch their kid get lynched and shot down like thatToday is a good day,” added Marcus Arbery, Mr Arbery’s father. “All he wanted to do was run and dream.”

The three defendants found guilty for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery

Republican and Democratic public officials and activists in Georgia and beyond celebrated the decision as an important civil rights milestone — and a sign that much work still needed to be done.

“Nothing can ever assuage the loss of Ahmaud Arbery for his parents and loved ones, and the work of local organizers [そして] the Brunswick community should not have been so vital to securing justice,” wrote Democrat and Georgia-based voting rights activist Stacey Abrams on Twitter on Wednesday, 追加する, “Georgia must move forward on criminal justice reforms — not retreat.”

Georgia governor Brian Kemp, 共和党, said in a statement that “Ahmaud Arbery was the victim of a vigilantism that has no place in Georgia.”

「法的努力により、責任を負う可能性のあるすべての人に責任があります。, アーベリー家にお願いします, ブランズウィックコミュニティ, 私たちの状態, and those around the nation who have been following his case can now move forward down a path of healing and reconciliation," 彼が追加した.

陪審員は、アマド・アーバリーの殺害で3人のジョージア州の男性が殺人罪で有罪となったことを発見しました, アーバリーが近所を走っているのを見た後、トリオが追いかけて対峙した25歳の黒人男性 2020. (APグラフィック)

Outrage over Ahmaud Arbery’s killing inspired the state to repeal a Civil War-era citizen’s arrest law last May. A defence attorney for one of the men maintained they had acted in self-defence.

“We felt from day one, that the video showed that Travis McMichael acted in self-defence,” Robert Rubin, Travis McMichael’s lawyer, said outside the courthouse on Wednesday. “Obviously the jury felt very differently than we did, and maybe we had our own little tunnel vision going. I always thought the video was helpful to us, just as Greg McMichael said at the very moment it happened.”

The 12-person jury — 11 of whom were white — began deliberations on Tuesday in Glynn County, ジョージア, と以上の料金を考慮しました 10 時間, before handing back a varied final decision.

トラビス・マクマイケル, the man who engaged in a physically confrontation with then shot Mr Arbery, 9つのカウントすべてで有罪とされた.

グレゴリー・マクマイケル, 息子のトラビスと同じトラックに乗った人, 男性はピストルとショットガンで武装していた, 悪意のある殺人で無罪とされた, しかし、他のすべての点で有罪.

ブライアン, 彼らの隣人, who joined the pursuit in his own truck and filmed the encounter on his phone, 悪意のある殺人と重罪謀殺の1件の罪で無罪とされた, 他の3件の重罪謀殺と他の3件の罪で有罪判決を受けている間.

In addition to the state charges, which could carry up to life in prison, the men will face a federal hate crimes trial for the killing in February of 2022.

The trio set of men off after Mr Arbery claiming to be attempting a citizen’s arrest because they believed he was responsible for a number of recent break-ins in the neighbourhood. Over the course of the trial, it was revealed that the McMichaels in fact had been warned Mr Arbery wasn’t accused of any crimes.

「男が実際にそこから何かを盗んだとは思わない,グレゴリー・マクマイケルは銃撃後に捜査官に語った, referring to a house under construction in the area, where Mr Arbery had been filmed on security cameras multiple times wandering the grounds.

Police warned the men before the shooting that Mr Arbery wasn’t accused of taking anything from the home.

裁判中, prosecutors argued that killing was unnecessary and motivated by racial prejudice.

「彼らは、アマド・アーベリーが通りを走っている黒人だったので、ドライブウェイでアマド・アーベリーを攻撃することを決定しました。,” Senior Assistant District Attorney Linda Dunikoski told the jury at one point, arguing the men pursued Mr Arbery “not because he’s a threat to them, でも彼は立ち止まって彼らと話をしなかったからです。」

男性はまた、アーベリー氏が彼を追いかけたときに「ネズミのように捕らえられた」と警察に語った。, そして、トラビス・マクマイケルは、アーベリー氏の出血している体の上に立ったとき、彼を「f *** ing n **** r」と呼んだ。, according to Mr Bryan’s statements to investigators.

「人種がこの事件の中心的部分であり、最初から続いていることは疑いの余地がありません。,」ブランドンバスキー, ACLUの刑法改革プロジェクトのディレクター, 言った 独立者.

マクマイケルズとブライアン氏, その間, 彼らはを使って市民を逮捕しようとしていたと主張する 奴隷制時代のジョージア州法, そして、彼らは「直感」を持っていたとアーベリー氏はその地域への侵入を担当しました, 銃撃前の7週間、近所に侵入の報告はなかったが.

Travis McMichael said he came “face-to-face” with Mr Arbery during one the young man’s visits to the vacant home, そして25歳を解釈しました ポケットに手を入れる しるしとして彼は武装していた. (アーベリー氏は射殺されたとき、武装していない。)

McMichael said his training in the US Coast Guard had taught him to “get compliance” by using guns to “de-escalate the situation.”

裁判中, McMichael teared up as he described the shooting, saying he was “was thinking of my son” when he opened fire three times.

I shot. He had my gun. He struck me. It was obvious that he was attacking me, if he would have gotten the shotgun from me, it was a life or death situation,」 彼は言った.Though civil rights advocates cheered the outcome in this case, this result was anything but guaranteed.

地元の警察 事件で3ヶ月間逮捕しなかった. 後に一般公開されたボディカメラの映像は、アーベリー氏を無視した現場の副操縦士を示しています, まだはっきりと生きていて、痛みで地面に横たわっています, 代わりにマクマイケルズとブライアン氏と話します. 現場の二等航海士がやがて到着し、ジョガーが死んだと宣言した. 男性は誰も拘留されなかった.

5月, トラックでアーベリー氏を追いかけている男性のビデオ 公衆に漏れた, ジョージア州捜査局に事件を引き継ぐよう促し、その後まもなく逮捕された.

In addition to the state and federal charges against the McMichaels and Bryan, a former Georgia prosecutor initially involved in the case was indicted in September on charges of misconduct for showing “favour and affection” towards Greg McMichael, who had worked as an investigator in her office until 2019, including by initially ordering against arresting his son Travis.

The decision to charge the men for murder in the Arbery case comes the week after a controversial ruling acquitting Kyle Rittenhouse, a teenager charged with murder for shooting three people at a Wisconsin racial justice protest last August.

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