President Biden About The Arbery Case: "Our judicial system is doing its job, but that alone is not enough."

Bryan Dijkhuizen

President Joe Biden stated Wednesday that the guilty convictions in the trial of Ahmaud Arbery's assassination show that our judicial system is doing its job, but that alone is not enough.

"Nothing can bring Mr. Arbery back to his family and to his community, but the verdict ensures that those who committed this horrible crime will be punished," Biden said in a statement.
"While the guilty verdicts reflect our justice system doing its job, that alone is not enough. Instead, we must recommit ourselves to building a future of unity and shared strength, where no one fears violence because of the color of their skin," he continued. "My administration will continue to do the hard work to ensure that equal justice under law is not just a phrase emblazoned in stone above the Supreme Court, but a reality for all Americans."

On Tuesday, a jury convicted three White men guilty of the murder of Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, on numerous murder counts as well as additional charges.

The jury's conclusions led to the verdict, which was made after more than 11 hours of debate over two days by nine White males, two White women, and one Black man.

Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and his neighbor William Bryan Jr. were arrested last year after Arbery was shot on February 23, 2020, in the Satilla Shores area outside Brunswick, Georgia.

The guys said that they felt Arbery was involved in criminal activity. It was shown in court that the guys had trailed Arbery around the streets as he attempted to flee from them on several occasions.

The McMichaels, armed, were in one vehicle, while Bryan, who had joined the pursuit while it was already underway, followed in his truck, aiding in and filming the chase as it went on.

Arbery was unarmed and on foot when he was apprehended in this manner.

"The video is clear: Ahmaud Arbery was killed in cold blood," Biden had tweeted in May 2020. "My heart goes out to his family, who deserve justice and deserve it now. It is time for a swift, full, and transparent investigation into his murder."

During the period leading up to the judgments, the White House had refrained from expressing an opinion on the case.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday that she would not comment on the current trial since "it is clearly an ongoing trial."
"I will note, though, that the President has spoken many times to this horrific event in the past. And it's not just about this case, in his view; we have a lot of work to do as a nation," she added. "And it's just a reminder of why the President has prioritized rooting out systemic racism."

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