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Biden Reacts to Verdict in Ahmaud Arbery Case: ‘That Alone Is Not Enough’



President Joe Biden reacted to the guilty verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery case, saying it was “not enough.”

Biden issued a statement Wednesday after a jury convicted Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and their neighbor William Bryan were charged in Arbery’s death.

“The murder of Ahmaud Arbery – which the world witnessed on video – is a devastating reminder of how far we need to go in the fight for racial justice in this country,” Biden said in a statement.

He admitted that “no one can bring Mr. Arbery back to his family and his community, but the verdict ensures that those who committed this heinous crime will be punished.”

The president continued, “While the convictions reflect our justice system doing its job, that is not enough. Instead, we must re -commit ourselves to building a future of unity and strength sharing, where no one is afraid of violence because of the color of their skin. ”


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Biden said his administration will “continue to work hard to ensure that equal justice under the law is not just a phrase set in stone above the Supreme Court, but a fact for all. American. ”

Others reacted to the verdict, including Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.).

“This judgment promotes a sense of responsibility, but not real justice. True justice is like a Black man who doesn’t have to worry about being hurt – or killed – while jogging, while sleeping on his bed, while living what should be a very long life, ”he said in a statement.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) weighed in, saying Arbery was “a victim of a vigilantism that has no place in Georgia.”

He added, “While legal efforts continue to hold everyone accountable, we hope that the Arbery family, the Brunswick community, our state, and those across the country following his case can now move forward on a path of healing and reconciliation. ”

Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, spoke following the verdict.


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“The fight has been going on for a long time. It’s been a hard fight, but God is good, ”she said, adding,“ I just want to say to everyone, thank you. Thank you to those who marched, to those who prayed, above all to those who prayed. ”

As Reported by the Associated Press, Arbery died while running somewhere in February of 2020.

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