Providence NAACP respond to verdict in Ahmaud Arbery trial

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- The NAACP Providence Branch has issued a statement regarding the conviction of Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

Travis McMichael was found guilty on all charges, including one count of malice murder, four counts felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of false imprisonment, and one count of criminal attempt to commit a felony.

Gregory McMichael was found guilty on four counts felony murder, two counts aggravated assault, one count false imprisonment, and one count criminal attempt to commit a felony. He was acquitted on a malice murder charge.

William Bryan was found guilty on three counts felony murder, one count aggravated assault, one count false imprisonment, and one count criminal attempt to commit a felony. He was acquitted on malice murder, one count felony murder, and one count aggravated assault.

NAACP Providence Branch President Jim Vincent issued the following statement,

“The NAACP Providence Branch is relieved that criminal accountability was rendered in the Amaud Arbery trial. There is no justice because we cannot bring Amaud back to us.  We are pleased that “Jogging While Black, in this case, was not a crime punishable by death.  It appears that the despicable racial animus put forth by the defense not only did not work but may have backfired. Finally, there is no place for vigilante justice in America! We hope people learn from this case.”

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