Al Sharpton applauded “a jury of 11 whites and one black” after delivering three guilty verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery’s murder trial on Wednesday.
“And leave word for all over the world that a jury of 11 whites and one black in the deep south stood up in the courtroom and said black lives matter,” said Sharpton.
Reverend Al Sharpton on Ahmaud Arbery Murder Verdict: “Let the word spread around the world, that a jury of 11 Whites and one Black in the Deep South rose in the courtroom and says that black lives matter ” pic.twitter.com/FFZPZb95sp
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Sharpton made his comments on the steps of the Glynn County Courthouse alongside prominent civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump and parents of Ahmaud Arbery.
Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed in Georgia last year after three men claimed he was involved in a series of local burglaries.
On Wednesday, Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. were convicted of murder after about ten hours of jury deliberation.
“Let it be clear that almost 10 years after Trayvon [Martin], God used Wanda and Marcus’ son to prove that if we kept walking and fighting, we would make you hear us, ”Sharpton continued.
“We have a lot more battles to fight, but it was an important battle today. It has been proven that our children know their value, ”he said. “That’s why these people walking, I’m talking about the people here, who was here when no one else was here, they stood up.”
Although Sharpton is known for his racially divisive language, the Arbery family has refrained from bringing politics into the matter. As Breitbart News’ Joel Pollak noted, “Although the trial became racist and politically charged, it initially did not; Arbery family attorney Lee Merritt spoke frequently to Breitbart News and acknowledged then-President Donald Trump had been helpful in the case.
Additionally, Arbery’s father preached a message of unity after the trial, telling the crowd that “all lives matter.”