Congressman Horsford Releases Statement on Verdict in the Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

November 24, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV-04) issued the following statement after a Georgia jury found Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan guilty in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

“For more than a year, Americans have demanded justice for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed in cold blood while jogging unarmed. To our relief, the jury has held his killers responsible for their heinous actions. My thoughts are with his family as they continue to mourn Mr. Arbery’s death.

“Throughout our history, Black Americans have faced an uphill battle against a justice system that often fails to protect us. After Ahmaud Arbery’s death, local authorities obstructed the arrest of his killers and failed to treat his family with the respect they deserve. During the trial, the defense invoked racist tropes in a despicable attempt to blame Mr. Arbery for his own death. Thankfully, the jury believed the evidence in front of their eyes, and rendered a verdict based on the truth. As sentencing moves forward, I hope Mr. Arbery’s killers will be held fully accountable, with a sentence that reflects the true severity of their actions.

“In the aftermath of this trial, Congress has a moral obligation to make our nation fairer and safer for all Americans. There must be accountability for hate, there must be criminal justice reform, and there must be common-sense gun safety laws to protect Americans from the scourge of gun violence. To honor Ahmaud Arbery and his family, we must act.”

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