On Tuesday, Nov. 23, crowds gather outside the Glynn County Courthouse in Glynn, Ga., to celebrate the conviction of all three defendants in the February 2020 murder of black man Ahmaud Arbery.
When it became evident that the trio would be found guilty of the majority of the counts, cheering erupted.
“Say his name! Enough is enough! Ahmaud Arbery!” the mob shouted.
They went on: “We got justice!” following the verdicts.
Others celebrated by waving Black Lives Matter flags and hugging. They were relieved that the jury concluded in favor of the Arbery family in the murder case.
The charge of murder carries a mandatory minimum penalty of life in prison. The judge will decide whether or not the prospect of a pardon accompanies this.
From a spill room near the courthouse, Arbery’s family witnessed the judgments.
According to DailyMail outside the court, Arbery’s aunt Yvon Arbery, 57, said, “It’s just so much joy. I feel so much satisfaction. Thank you, God.
“This is going to bring big change to Brunswick, Georgia and the rest of the country.”
“It will show everybody now that you cannot have this hatred in your heart and you cannot get away with this anymore.” she added.
Arbery was murdered by a gunshot on Feb. 23, 2020, after a white father and son, Greg and Travis McMichael, armed themselves and pursued the 25-year-old Black man in a pickup truck in their community outside of Brunswick, some 70 miles south of Savannah.
William “Roddie” Bryan, a neighbor, joined the chase and recorded Travis McMichael shooting Arbery at close range with a shotgun on his iPhone. Arbery was shot after attacking Travis McMichael, according to the McMichaels, who thought he was a burglar.
Following the incident, the police did not charge any of them.
Arbery’s killing became part of a larger national reckoning on racial injustice after the graphic video of his death leaked online two months later. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case, quickly arresting the three men.