Viola Davis, Kerry Washington and more celebrities react as Ahmaud Arbery’s killers found guilty of murder

Three men were involved in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery (Picture: AP)

Viola Davis and Kerry Washington are among the celebrities who have welcomed the verdict in the trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s killing. 

Three white men – Travis McMichael, the man who fatally shot Arbery, his father Greg McMichael and their neighbour William ‘Roddie’ Bryan, who captured the killing on video – were all convicted of murdering the Black man on Wednesday. 

They were charged with chasing and killing Arbery, 25, as he jogged through their Brunswick, Georgia neighbourhood on February 23, 2020. 

Travis was found guilty on all nine counts, including malice murder and felony murder. The jury found his father Greg not guilty of malice murder, but guilty on all other counts.

Their neighbour Bryan was found not guilty of malice murder and not guilty of one count of felony murder, but guilty of three counts of felony murder and three other charges.

Reacting to the verdict, How To Get Away With Murder actress Davis wrote on her social media platforms: ‘As it should be. To Wanda….Ahmaud Arbery’s mother….. your son mattered. His life mattered. I pray this brings you a tiny shred of peace. To the jurors…..huge gratitude for doing right. The pendulum of justice swung in the right direction!!!!!!!!’ 

Scandal actress Washington tweeted: ‘Feeling the feelings is part of liberation. I’m grateful the jurors chose accountability, heartbroken for the Black families who haven’t received justice, called & inspired to continue the fight, and sending love & prayers to the family of #AhmaudArbery. May his soul RIP.’ 

Feeling the feelings is part of liberation. I’m grateful the jurors chose accountability, heartbroken for the Black families who haven’t received justice, called & inspired to continue the fight, and sending love & prayers to the family of #AhmaudArbery. May his soul RIP 🙏🏾❤️

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) November 24, 2021

Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer wrote on Instagram: ‘Thankful that #AhmaudArbery received justice today! My prayers for his loved ones especially his mother!!’ 

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey said: ‘Justice. Sending prayers & well wishes to the friends and family.’ 

Broadcaster Jemelle Hill wrote in a lengthy Twitter thread: ‘Pray this McMichaels verdict gives Ahmaud Arbery’s family some peace. However, remember that the DA initially instructed police not to charge them because Greg McMichael worked with the DA. They were arrested 2 days after the video went viral — 74 days after Arbery was murdered.

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From left: William Roderick Bryan, Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael have been convicted in the murder of Arbery (Picture: Glynn County Sheriff’s Office/AFP via Getty Images)

‘The road to justice for black people in this country can be so precarious. So it’s difficult to use this as an example of the system working when we see black men jailed for life based off little to no evidence — and sometimes freed decades later.

‘It seems like it takes so much effort for the system to give us the most basic justice. And so little effort to ruin our lives.’ 

Comedian Kathy Griffin said: ‘It’s so gratifying to see justice being served.’ 

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Piers Morgan tweeted: ‘Justice is done, and by a virtually all-white jury too.’ 

The trial lasted around two weeks and featured a jury made up of 11 white jurors and one Black juror. Arbery’s killing became part of a larger national reckoning on racial injustice after a graphic video of his death leaked online two months later.

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