…from The Washington Post

[ Editor’s Note: This was a totally senseless crime that did not need to happen but for a bored white man and son wanting play neighborhood vigilantes for house burglaries, something that other options were readily available to deal with it.

The owner of the house under construction, despite having seen Arbery on his surveillance camera, took no action, as he had suffered no losses that he was aware of, so none were reported to the police.

But the father, Travis McMichael had been an investigator for the local DA, so he appears to have wanted to show he was still a man that can investigate and catch bad guys.

Three shotgun blasts killed Mr. Arbery, and also killed any chance of the father-son killers ever seeing the outside of a prison until their funerals someday. Three lives were wasted here because Travis McMichael wanted some local attention as Mr. Crime Stopper.

The hapless tagalong neighbor also got life, but with a chance of parole. There is an easy lesson to be learned here, about minding one’s own business and leaving law enforcement up to law enforcement.

Although the Arbery family got justice, which not everybody does in events like this, they will have a different kind of life sentences, one where there will be no future ‘could have been’ memories due to a couple of knuckleheads with too much free time on their hands.

God save us all from such people, and I mean that literally, as Trump has unleashed a huge army of them upon us, the difference being that they have political shotguns that they aim to do us in with.

We are sadly in an “it’s them or us situation,” and the Arberys will be able to watch all this happen to us on tv in their free accommodations and food facilities. Thus ends my cheery missive for today… Jim W. Dean ]

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First published January 7, 2022

The three White men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery nearly two years ago were sentenced Friday to life in prison, two of them without the possibility of parole.

Travis McMichael, his father Greg McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan all faced at least life in prison for the killing of Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man. They chased and cornered Arbery with their pickup trucks in suburban Satilla Shores near Brunswick, Ga. The five-minute pursuit ended with Travis McMichael fatally shooting Arbery, who was unarmed.

“A resident of Glynn County, a graduate of Brunswick High, a son, a brother, a young man with dreams was gunned down in this community,” Judge Timothy Walmsley said before pronouncing the sentences. “As we understand it, he left his home apparently to go for a run, and he ended up running for his life.”

…“Ahmaud never said a word to them,” Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, said in court Friday. “He never threatened them. He just wanted to be left alone. They were fully committed to the crimes — let them be fully committed for the consequences.”

You can read the full article at WaPo here.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. If anything, this ugly interlude really puts into focus the toxic mess of a so-called justice system we inherited from Judaism, which prizes vengeance above all things, and its equally vile offspring, Christianity, which is positively manic about judging others and punishing them with maximum cruelty. This little pack of hunting primates enacted the primordial human drama of killing a member of a rival pack who strayed uninvited into their territory. To pay for a few minutes of surrendering to the thrall of primeval instinct, they must now live the rest of their natural lives in torture chambers, concrete and steel cages. There is no justice in that sentence, no more than there was anything praiseworthy about them snuffing out the life of their victim. Compassion, atonement, mercy, forgiveness, healing? These “better angels of our nature” are anathema to this vindictive, hypocritical system.

  2. The information Ahmaud Arbery provided to the mental health evaluator concerning his auditory delusions sometimes commanding him ”to rob and steal” and sometimes telling him ”to hurt people,” his combative tendencies, his anger, and his difficulty in situations inside and outside his home. He was not taking his mental health medication. Ahmaud Arbery’s decisions and behaviors, including when attacking Travis McMichael and trying to take his gun, are consistent with Mr. Arbery’s form of Schizoaffective Disorder. https://www.glynncounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/71372/1142-Brief-In-Support-of-Admissibility-of-Deceased-Mental-Health

    • They might find a guard or two that are sympathetic, but there isn’t enough guards or private rooms to accommodate everyones fear of the other people in there. There is no concierge.
      Let them feel the fear they felt so entitled to inflict.

      The beauty of this case, is the law making “Roddie” just as guilty, was designed to throw an entire group in jail for a crime committed by one. This was designed for white judges and black perps so they can just jail the whole bunch. Let these guys have a taste. The DA was going to cover for them, as had been the practice for far too long.

    • Oh, for sure. He had been an investigator for her and I think that really emboldened him that his version of the story would be accepted, especially with two witnesses. The video from the guy trailing is what saved the case for the family and the honest prosecutors.