The three men found guilty of their crimes will have days, months, and years to consider and explain why they felt so empowered to imprison and take the life of #AhmaudArbery.
They have time. Time Ahmaud was deprived of.
— Derrick Johnson (@DerrickNAACP) November 24, 2021
The McMichaels and Bryan still face hate-crime charges in federal court in February. The Department of Justice alleges the men “used force and threats of force to intimidate and interfere with Arbery’s right to use a public street because of his race”.
None of the men found guilty of murdering Arbery were charged until eyewitness footage was made public months after the 25-year-old was killed, a point made by Keith Boykin, author of Race Against Time: The Politics of a Darkening America.
Remember, if local authorities in Georgia had their way, no one would have ever been charged for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
It took weeks of protest before charges were even brought in the case, 74 days after Arbery was shot and killed in February 2020.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 24, 2021