Today, Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William Bryan were convicted of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery on varying counts. In response, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison and DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie Rollins released the following statement:
“While this verdict does not make Ahmaud Arbery’s loved ones whole again, his killers have been held accountable and healing can begin. No American should be afraid to go for a jog or for a walk in the United States because of the color of their skin.
“The grief that courses through the Black community each time another senseless act of violence is committed is far too familiar. Each victim is a son, a daughter, a brother, a sister, a guardian, a friend, a colleague — their lives and contributions hold tremendous value and meaning. They should be here.
“While today we applaud the justice system working for Ahmaud Arbery, we know it has too often failed so many, and so we must continue to act to dismantle systemic racism and ensure equity and accountability for all under the law.”