Kamala Harris and DNC pledge to embark on ‘systemic racism’ in the wake of the Arberry case verdict

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Vice President Kamala Harris warned that Ahmed Arberry’s murder trial verdicts “send an important message” but still “have work to do.”

“Today, the jury delivered its verdict and the three accused were found guilty of murdering Ahmad Arberry,” Harris said in a statement Wednesday. “Still, we feel the burden of grief. Ahmed Arberry must be alive and nothing can remove the pain that his mother Wanda Cooper-Jones, his father Marcus Arberry and the entire Arberry family and community feel today. I share in it. I am in pain.”

Vice President Kamala Harris
((Photo by Drew Anger / Getty Images))

The vice president’s comments came after the judge Georgia Travis McMichael and his father, Greg McMichael, were found guilty of Wednesday’s murder.

Travis McMichael was found guilty of malicious murder, four felony counts, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a crime.

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Greg McMichael has been found guilty of four counts of murder, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a crime. A jury found him acquitted on charges of malicious murder.

McMichael’s neighbor, William “Roddy” Bryan, has been found guilty of felony murder and aggravated assault.

Ahmed Arberry poses for a senior photo.

Ahmed Arberry poses for a senior photo.
(Yolanda Richardson / Fuzzy Rabbit Photos via AP)

“These judgments send an important message, but we still have work to do,” Harris said. “Defendant lawyers chose to set the tone for threatening ministers’ attendance at hearings and dehumanizing a black youth with racist tropes. Despite these tactics, the jury’s verdicts came.”

Harris is not the only prominent Democrat to speak to Wednesday’s verdict with the Democratic National Committee President Jaime Harrison and DNC Black Caucus Chairwoman Virgie Rollins also issued a statement celebrating the verdict.

“Although this verdict does not restore Ahmed Arberry’s loved ones, his killers have been held responsible and can begin healing.

The statement reads, “The grief caused by the black community is so familiar that every time another senseless violence is committed,” the same victims’ lives and contributions have tremendous value and meaning.

From left, Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael and William

From left, Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael and William “Roddy” Brian Jr. (AP, Glynn County Detention Center via file)
(AP, File via Glyn County Detention Center)

“Today we applaud the justice system that works for Ahmed Arberry. We know it has failed many times, so we must continue to work to dismantle systemic racism and ensure equality and accountability for all under the law,” the statement said.

President Biden weighed in on Wednesday’s ruling, saying it was “a devastating reminder of how far we must go for racial justice in this country.”

“Mr Arberry should be here today, celebrating the holidays with his mother, Wanda Cooper Jones and his father, Marcus Arberry. Nothing can be done to bring Mr Arberry back to his family and his community, but the verdict confirms this horrible crime will be punished,” Biden said.

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