What You Need to Know About the Ahmaud Arbery Case
It is regrettable that cases like this one are so commonly publicized and politicized before a verdict is even reached. This leads to widespread misconceptions and misinformation on the part of the media and the public. But the verdict is now in, and all three men charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery where found guilty today of felony murder.
Here’s what you need to know.
Three men chased a young man, Ahmaud Arbery, in a truck after viewing him trespassing on private property in nearby construction site. They cornered him with their trucks in an attempt to make a citizens arrest, this resulted in a scuffle which eventually claimed Arbery’s life.
The Three Men Involved
The men who where involved and found guilty of murder are Travis McMichael, who was the one who actually killed Arbery and was found guilty of malice murder, Travis’ father, Gregory McMichael, as well as a neighbor, William Bryan.
Racism Was Never a Part of the Prosecutors Case
The prosecutors in Arbery’s case did not argue that racism was part of the motivation for the killing, though the federal government has taken it upon themselves to charge the three men with hate crimes. The federal trial will take place in February.
The Jury Was Disproportionately White
According to a Breitbart report, the jury that ended up convicting Tavis and the other two men was disproportionately white. (1) Again, it is regrettable that ethnicity of the jury has to be brought up in this way, but due to the widespread claim by the media that Arbery’s murder had something to do with racism, it is necessary that we recognize this small detail.
Defense attorneys claimed that McMichael was attempting to make a citizens arrest, this is legal in Georgia. Travis McMichael also testified that he shot Arbery in self-defense, detailing how the young man (Arbery) attacked him and reached for his gun by an idling truck where Travis McMichael stood with his shotgun. This, of course, was not enough to convince the jury.
Prosecutors argued that there was no evidence Arbery had committed crimes in the defendants’ neighborhood and that the attempt at citizens arrest was unlawful. They acknowledged
that Arbery was and had been trespassing in the neighborhood, but this was not enough to justify a citizens arrest according to Georgia state law. They also argued that McMichael’s life was not in danger, and therefore he did not shoot Arbery out of self defense.
The Conservative View
It is imperative that we, as conservatives, refrain from casting any serious, public judgment on criminal cases until either a verdict is made, or obvious evidence is revealed. Obviously, this is a far different standard than the one used by the leftwing media. They rushed to cast judgement on the Rittenhouse case, as well as this one. Making claims that Ahmaud Arbery was simply out on a jog,(2) or in the Rittenhouse case, that he had actually killed two black men,(3) both of which were proven to be false. Let us not trap ourselves by rushing to judgment, knowing that judgment will eventually (and rightly) be made.
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Al K. Scott