Kamala Does Not Believe That All Charged With Crimes Deserve To Be Defended

Written By BlabberBuzz | Friday, 26 November 2021 23:45

Vice President Kamala Harris denounced the "racist" defense of Ahmaud Arbery's killers after all three men were pronounced guilty of murder on Wednesday.

All three defendants in the Ahmaud Arbery trial were pronounced guilty of murdering the black jogger in February 2020 on Wednesday, inspiring celebrations in the streets of Georgia.

"These verdicts send an important message, but the fact remains that we still have work to do," the vice president announced.

"The defense counsel chose to set a tone that cast the attendance of ministers at the trial as intimidation and dehumanized a young Black man with racist tropes. The jury arrived at its verdicts despite these tactics."

She explained after the decision: "Still, we feel the weight of grief. Ahmaud Arbery should be alive, and nothing can take away the pain that his mother Wanda Cooper-Jones, his father Marcus Arbery, and the entire Arbery family and community feel today. I share in that pain."

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In the meantime, President Biden announced that the Ahmaud Arbery killing was a "devastating reminder" of racial injustice in the US, though that the guilty verdict bestows the "justice system doing its job."

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"Ahmaud Arbery's killing – witnessed by the world on video – is a devastating reminder of how far we have to go in the fight for racial justice in this country," Biden announced in a statement after retiring to Nantucket for the weekend to spend Thanksgiving at billionaire David Rubenstein's $20 million compound.

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"Mr. Arbery should be here today, celebrating the holidays with his mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, and his father, Marcus Arbery," Biden stated.

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"Nothing can bring Mr. Arbery back to his family and to his community, but the verdict ensures that those who committed this horrible crime will be punished."

"While the guilty verdicts reflect our justice system doing its job, that alone is not enough. Instead, we must recommit ourselves to building a future of unity and shared strength, where no one fears violence because of the color of their skin."

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Biden explained that his administration would proceed to "do the hard work" to guarantee equal justice under the law grows to be a "reality for all Americans."

Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp further weighed in, stating that Arbery had been the victim of "vigilantism that has no place in Georgia."

"As legal efforts continue to hold accountable all who may be responsible, we hope the Arbery family, the Brunswick community, our state, and those around the nation who have been following his case can now move forward down a path of healing and reconciliation."

The president struck a more defiant tone last week when he announced he was "angry and concerned" after a jury found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty after the teen killed two people in what it decided was self-defense, but added that the "jury system works."

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