“I’m heartened by today’s decision and hope it provides comfort and solace to Ahmaud Arbery’s family. While this verdict is a victory in the movement for accountability, it is not true justice. Justice looks like a country where Black people like Ahmaud don’t lose their lives to racist hatred and murder, where we can raise our children without fear, and where every wannabe vigilante is held accountable for their crimes,” St. Louis Mayor Tishaura O. Jones said in a statement.
“Guilty Guilty GUILTY! LOCK THEY ASS UP AND THROW AWAY THE DAMN KEY! #AhmadArbery,” tweeted Rep. Rasheen Aldridge, D-St. Louis.
Missouri lawmakers and politicians reacted Wednesday to the convictions of three men charged with murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was running in their neighborhood outside the Georgia port city of Brunswick in February 2020. Here is a sampling:
“Black people should be able to run, bird watch, barbecue, ride the train, have their hands up, play in the front yard of their homes, eat skittles, smoke cigarettes, do everything anyone else can do. While the verdict was just, it’s not justice,” tweeted Rep. LaKeySha Bosley, D-St. Louis