‘Ahmaud Arbery Should Be Here’ Social Media Reacts After Three Men Who Killed The 25-Year-Old Found Guilty Of Murder

The convictions for Greg McMichael, son Travis McMichael and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan came after 11 hours of jury deliberations.

Greg and Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan were found guilty on Wednesday afternoon (November 24) on multiple counts including felony murder, aggravated assault, and criminal attempt to commit a felony for the February 2020 killing of Ahmaud Arbery. The 25-year old Black man was fatally shot when the three men saw him running in their neighborhood and made a decision that he did not belong there.

Jurors deliberated for 11 hours after closing arguments concluded on Tuesday. Prosecutors argued that defendants were not acting in self-defense when they chased Arbery after they spotted him jogging in the coastal Georgia town of Brunswick, about an hour north of Jacksonville, Fla. They believed Arbery was the culprit in a series of burglaries and said they attempted to apprehend him themselves.

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Now, social media is reacting to the news. See what commentary stood out the most below.

Linda Dunikoski, the lead prosecutor in the case, argued that the trio of men were the ones to instigate the conflict with Arbery and initiated the violence, leading to Arbery's death. “They made the decision to attack Ahmaud Arbery in their driveways because he was a Black man running down their street,” said Dunikoski in her closing arguments, according to an Associated Press report. “They shot and killed him. Not because he was a threat to them. But because he wouldn’t stop and talk to them.”

But defense attorneys— each defendant had their own attorney—tried to shift the blame for the shooting to Arbery himself. “You do have the right to have a firearm when you make an arrest. You do have the right to stop a person and hold them and detain them. There is risk with that. There are tragic consequences that can come from that,” Travis McMichael’s attorney Jason Sheffield told jurors. Travis McMichael maintained in his testimony that he was implementing a citizen's arrest, according to Georgia law.

Months went by without any of the men being charged, but Arbery’s family continued to press the issue until media reports resulted in an investigation of the shooting. Two Georgia prosecutors recused themselves from the case because of relationships with Gregory McMichaels, who had been a law enforcement investigator.

Sentencing of all three defendants is still to come.

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