I it is shocking that Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan were convicted of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia. Yet the shock did not come from a miscarriage of justice. On the contrary, the Glynn County jury deliberated and made the right decision. Tracking down an innocent black man, chasing him, cornering him, then killing him must have criminal consequences in this country, and each of the three murderers now faces a life sentence.
But the shock is that justice was served in a case where it appeared that the criminal justice system and a significant portion of the media coverage were doing all they could. could to exonerate these men. In fact, everything about this case illustrates how difficult it is to get justice for black people in this country, starting with how often Fox News and other media outlets called the case "the Arbery trial ", as if Ahmaud Arbery was the perpetrator here, not the victim.
The facts of the case have never been contested, and yet they have also often been misrepresented or ignored to aid the defense. The McMichaels claimed they were attempting to arrest an Arbery Citizen, an avid athlete who jogged just three miles from his home that day. Father and son McMichael found Arbery suspicious, they told police, because there had been " several burglaries in the neighborhood ". This statement has been repeated so often over the past year that it has assumed de facto status.
And yet, according to the Brunswick News , only one burglary was reported to county police entre January 1 and February 23, 2020, the day Arbery was murdered. This singular incident referred to property taken from a vehicle from Satilla Shores - Travis McMichael's truck. (McMichael reported the theft because after leaving his truck unlocked his gun was taken he said on trial .) While surveillance video also captured unidentified white couple taking can -Being a property owned by Larry English, a man building a house in the area, English testified that nothing was stolen from the construction site of his second home, where Arbery stopped directly before he left. 'being sued by the McMichaels. And during the trial we heard that throughout the yearborn 2019, there had been only four reported burglaries . So, yeah, barely a runaway crime wave.
So why has it kept getting reported this way?