Biden says Ahmaud Arbery verdicts ‘reflect our justice system doing its job’ but ‘that alone is not enough’

Biden says Ahmaud Arbery verdicts ‘reflect our justice system doing its job’ but ‘that alone is not enough’

  • A Georgia jury found 3 defendants guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery during a jog in February 2020.
  • “While the guilty verdicts reflect our justice system doing its job, that alone is not enough,” Biden said.
  • Biden also reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensuring equal justice under the law.

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President Joe Biden on Wednesday commented on a Georgia jury finding 3 defendants guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery during a jog in February 2020.

“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 said in a statement. “Mr. Arbery should be here today, celebrating the holidays with his mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, and his father, Marcus Arbery.”

“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,” Biden also said.

The president used the moment to reiterate his administration’s stated commitment to racial justice and equal under the law, saying that he would work to ensure that equal justice under the law is “not just a phrase emblazoned in stone above the Supreme Court, but a reality for all Americans.”

“While the guilty verdicts reflect our justice system doing its job, that alone is not enough,” he said. “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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