(WASHINGTON D.C., 2/22/2022) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and the Georgia chapter of CAIR (CAIR-Georgia) today welcomed a jury’s decision to convict the three white men involved in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery of federal hate crime charges.
On Tuesday, a federal jury found Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan, the three men involved in the murder of Arbery, guilty of hate crimes. The men were found guilty in the state trial in November and sentenced to life in prison last month.
SEE: 3 Men Convicted Of Hate Crime Charges In Murder Of Ahmaud Arbery
In a statement, CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell said:
“Ahmaud Arbery’s murder was a clear example of the anti-Black racism that plagues our society. We welcome the hate crime convictions, which send an important message to others who would engage in similar conduct. We ask God to grant justice to Mr. Arbery’s family and the many other victims of racist crimes whose killers never faced trial.”
CAIR-Georgia Executive Director Murtaza Khwaja said:
“Ahmaud Arbery’s family and loved ones deserve justice. While the hate crime convictions of Ahmaud’s murderers are a step towards accountability, convictions borne from a system designed to oppress and incarcerate people of color cannot be expected to bring justice. We welcome these convictions as a step in the right direction, and hope that all those who have lost loved ones to hate and bigotry find solace and justice.”
In November, CAIR welcomed the guilty verdict in the trial of Arbery’s killers.
SEE: BREAKING: CAIR Welcomes Guilty Verdicts in Ahmaud Arbery Trial
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530, [email protected]; CAIR-GA Executive Director Murtaza Khwaja, (770) 769-2342, [email protected]; CAIR-GA Deputy Director Azka Mahmood, (470) 681-6624, [email protected]; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, [email protected]; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, [email protected]; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ismail Allison, 202-770-6280, [email protected]