Activists say cell phone images would prevent people from being sentenced to death by Ahmaud Arbery

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Activists say cell phone images would prevent people from being sentenced to death by Ahmaud Arbery

Ahmaud Arbery: Guilty verdicts for 3 men charged in murder trial ‘I finally got justice for Ahmaud.’ Mother reacts to guilty verdicts in Arbery murder case. ‘I’m still shaking.’ Former prosecutor in Arbery murder case gets emotional over guilty verdicts. Activist Jared Sawyer Jr. said he is thankful that the jury listened to evidence and came back with verdict he believes is just. He’s hopeful that the work of community activists is not done in vain. “And to be reminded that justice in the end will roll down like waters and righteous like a mighty stream,” Sawyer said.

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  • Activists claim that cell phone video would have prevented convictions in Ahmaud Arbery’s execution. ATLANTA, GA — Activists in Atlanta are celebrating the guilty convictions for all three defendants charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, but some feel the case could have gone very differently if cell phone video had been available. People all throughout the country are relieved that Arbery’s family will finally receive the justice they deserve. Gerald Rose of the New Order Human Rights Organization was taken aback when he learned that Greg and Travis McMichael and Roddie Bryan had been found guilty on 23 of the 27 charges they were facing. The civil rights activist tells Channel 2’s Tom Jones that he doesn’t believe the convictions would have occurred if Bryan hadn’t shot a cell phone video of the fatal shooting. “I mean, we proved that in George Floyd.” We had video in some situations, but we still didn’t obtain justice,” says the author. Rose

  • Charmaine Turner, the mother of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner, who was killed during a protest following the death of Rayshard Brooks, was at Lincoln Cemetery celebrating what would have been her daughter’s 10th birthday when the verdicts came down. She told Jones that if anyone wants to protest the verdicts, there is just one way to do it. “Peacefully. So that no one else is hurt, no other family is going through what we’re suffering from,” Turner said. Activists say that while they’re happy about the verdicts, the fight for racial equality in life and in the courtroom is far from over.