“The three white men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery were sentenced Friday [January 7, 2022] to life in prison, with a judge denying any chance of parole for the father and son who armed themselves and initiated the deadly pursuit of the Black man in February 2020.”
The three men were convicted of murdering Arbery, an innocent man who was “guilty” only of going for a jog on February 23, 2020. Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and their friend William “Roddie” Bryan were rightly sentenced to life in prison, the former two without the possibility of parole. Roddie Bryan is eligible after serving 30 years.
The trio initiated the pursuit of Arbery, continued the chase, confronted him, and either shot or participated in the shooting of the young man! At any point the McMichaels and Bryan could have come to their senses, broken off the attack, gone home, and be free men today! Instead, they chose the low road and now bear the consequences of their actions. And they now face federal hate crime charges!
Others allegedly assisted in covering up what the three had done. I hope they will also face a court of justice.
Remember: live and let live, give and forgive, bear and forbear. Forswear all violence in the name of prejudice.