- Three men were found guilty Wednesday in the 2020 killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man.
- Crowds outside the Georgia courthouse celebrated after the guilty verdict.
- “What do we want? Justice!” a demonstrator is heard saying on the video. “When did we get it? Today!”
Video footage showed a crowd gathered outside a Georgia courthouse Wednesday erupting in a call-and-response chant of “Say his name” and “Ahmaud Arbery” after three men were convicted in Arbery’s killing.
On Wednesday, a jury in Glynn County, Georgia, found three white men — Gregory McMichael, 65, a former police officer; his son, Travis McMichael, 35; and their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, 52 — guilty of murder in the shooting death of Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man.
Arbery’s death was one of a number of deadly encounters that sparked a series of Black Lives Matter protests last summer.
—Sam Brock (@SamBrockNBC) November 24, 2021
Demonstrators outside the courthouse celebrated the guilty verdict, engaging in another chant in a video posted to Twitter.
“What do we want? Justice!” a demonstrator is heard saying on the video. “When did we get it? Today!”
—The Recount (@therecount) November 24, 2021
In February 2020, Arbery was chased and gunned down while on a jog in a Georgia neighborhood. The elder McMichael told police that he pursued Arbery because he resembled a man believed to be responsible for a string of local break-ins. However, there was only one break-in reported in the area from the beginning of the year to the day Arbery was shot.
A video of the encounter taken by Bryan went viral in May 2020. The McMichaels were arrested on May 7 on charges of felony murder and aggravated assault. Bryan was also arrested on May 21 on a felony murder charge. All three men pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier this year.
The nine counts against them included malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment. Travis McMichael, who shot and killed Arbery, was found guilty on all nine counts, and Gregory McMichael was convicted on all but the first count of malice murder. Bryan was convicted on six of the nine counts.
All three men face possible life in prison. A sentencing date has yet to be announced, but the judge said he plans to schedule it in the coming weeks.