[ Editor’s Note: These redneck idiots could have called 911 if they had half a brain among the three of them. But it seems that would have cheated them out of the fun they wanted to have by ‘arresting’ a black man in a T-shirt and shorts carrying nothing, over reports of stolen neighborhood property that no one ever really made.
The silver lining in this case is that hopefully it will teach a lot of other rednecks how to dial 911 in a ‘suspicious’ person situation. These guys will now be American poster children on the pitfalls of vigilantism.
The comment by one of them, part of the evidence against them, was they “trapped him like a rat” when they had finally cornered Arbery while he jogged at a typical jogger pace, not like someone running from a burglary with a bunch of power tools hidden under his T-shirt, or in his shorts.
Much of America saw this as a ‘jogging while black’ case. A week or so ago, I watched the YouTube interview of the owner of the house that the Three Amigos ‘felt’ had been robbed. But the owner said that he had always reviewed the wireless security camera footage when it was tripped by movement inside the house he was building.
He stated he never saw anything taken, never found anything missing, had never made a police report, and had never been called by the three Amigos to check on the rumors.
Sentencing will take place at a later date, and then the appeals will begin. Compensation for the Arbery family might be difficult, assuming the three perps are buried in legal bills.
Hopefully this case might save some lives in the future from stupid people not doing similar things. This one, and the Christmas parade slaughter, will be remembered for a long time.
All these losers had to do was to call 911 and let a cop talk to Arbery, but no…that would have cheated them out of the fun they wanted to have. These were fantasy lynch mob scumbags. I am not biased in saying this. It is just an observation… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … November 24, 2021
The three men on trial in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery were convicted Wednesday by a Georgia jury on murder charges, closing a case that became a fixture of debates about racial injustice in America.
The three convicted in Arbery’s death are Greg and Travis McMichael, a father and son who chased after Arbery in February of 2020 in a pickup truck after they saw him running through their neighborhood, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, who recorded cellphone footage of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery.
The jury was not persuaded by the McMichaels’ claims that they pursued Arbery because they thought he was a burglar. The defense blamed Arbery for his own death, arguing in court that his resistance to the men’s attempts to detain him before police arrived led Travis McMichael to fear for his life and fire the fatal shotgun rounds.
Each of the men was found guilty on multiple murder counts, as well as charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment, and all three face potential sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole. However, only Travis McMichael was convicted of all nine charges brought against each of them.
…Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, said that Arbery “was the victim of a vigilantism that has no place in Georgia.”
Also, Microsoft News has a very readable coverage on the verdict here, with lots of quotes.