President Biden: ‘Lets keep doing the hard work of racial justice

The White House has just released a statement from President Joe Biden in response to the verdict in Georgia.

“Ahmaud Arbery’s killing – witnessed by the world on video – is a devastating reminder of how far we have to go in the fight for racial justice in this country,” he wrote.

“Mr Arbery should be here today, celebrating the holidays with his mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, and his father, Marcus Arbery.

Nothing can bring Mr Arbery back to his family and to his community, but the verdict ensures that those who committed this horrible crime will be punished,” he continued.

He credited the verdict as proof of the justice system “doing its job” but says “that alone is not enough”, calling on Americans to recommit “to building a future of unity and shared strength, where no one fears violence because of the colour of their skin.

After being found guilty of multiple counts of murder, the judge must now set a sentencing date for Travis and Gregory McMichael and William Bryan.

Travis McMichael was found guilty of all nine counts, while Gregory was found guilty of all the charges with the exception of malice murder.

William Bryan, for his part, was found guilty on three counts of felony murder, as well as one count of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment, and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony.

Felony and malice murder charges alone are punishable by death or life imprisonment with or without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors in the case are not seeking the death penalty.

The judge will now determine whether the defendant’s life sentences have the possibility of parole.

The other charges carry a range of punishments, ranging from one to five years in prison for criminal contempt to commit a felony to 20 years for aggravated assault.

Additionally, all three men now face a federal hate crimes trial after being charged on 28 April. They are expected to stand trial in February.

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