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Vice President Kamala Harris mentioned the verdicts in homicide trial of Ahmaud Arbery “send an important message” however warned there may be nonetheless “work to do.”

“Today, the jury rendered its verdicts and the three defendants were found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery,” Harris mentioned in a press release Wednesday. “Still, we feel the weight of grief. Ahmaud Arbery should be alive, and nothing can take away the pain that his mother Wanda Cooper-Jones, his father Marcus Arbery, and the entire Arbery family and community feel today. I share in that pain.”

Vice President Kamala Harris
((Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images))

The vp’s feedback come after jurors in Georgia discovered Travis McMichael and his father Greg McMichael responsible on in the killing of Arbery Wednesday.

Travis McMichael was discovered responsible of malice homicide, 4 counts of felony homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and felony try to commit a felony.

AHMAUD ARBERY TRIAL: GEORGIA JURORS NOT PERMITTED TO HEAR EXPLOSIVE EVIDENCE

Greg McMichael was additionally discovered responsible on 4 counts of felony homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment and felony try to commit a felony. Jurors discovered him not responsible on costs of malice homicide.

The McMichael’s neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, was discovered responsible of felony homicide and aggravated assault.

Ahmaud Arbery poses for a senior photo. 

Ahmaud Arbery poses for a senior photograph. 
(Yolanda Richardson/FuzzyRabbit Fotos through AP)

“These verdicts send an important message, but the fact remains that we still have work to do,” Harris mentioned. “The defense counsel chose to set a tone that cast the attendance of ministers at the trial as intimidation and dehumanized a young Black man with racist tropes. The jury arrived at its verdicts despite these tactics.”

Harris was not the one distinguished Democrat to converse out about Wednesday’s verdict, with Democratic National CommitteeChair Jaime Harrison and DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie Rollins additionally releasing a press release celebrating the verdict.

“While this verdict does not make Ahmaud Arbery’s loved ones whole again, his killers have been held accountable and healing can begin. No American should be afraid to go for a jog or for a walk in the United States because of the color of their skin.,” the assertion learn.

The assertion went on to say that the “grief that courses through the Black community each time another senseless act of violence is committed is far too familiar,” whereas declaring that comparable victims’ “lives and contributions hold tremendous value and meaning. They should be here.”

From left, Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. (Glynn County Detention Center via AP, File)

From left, Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. (Glynn County Detention Center through AP, File)
(Glynn County Detention Center through AP, File)

“While today we applaud the justice system working for Ahmaud Arbery, we know it has too often failed so many, and so we must continue to act to dismantle systemic racism and ensure equity and accountability for all under the law,” the assertion mentioned.

The Congressional Black Caucus echoed an analogous sentiment to Harris, with Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J., calling the verdict the “correct” one, whereas Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev. referred to as on Congress to battle for felony justice reform and gun management.

“In the aftermath of this horrific episode, Congress has a moral obligation to make our nation fairer and safer for all Americans,” Horsford mentioned in a press release Wednesday. “There must be accountability for hate, there must be criminal justice reform, and there must be common-sense gun reform.”

President Biden additionally weighed in on the verdict Wednesday, saying it was a “devastating reminder of how far we have to go in the fight for racial justice in this country.”

“Mr. Arbery should be here today, celebrating the holidays with his mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, and his father, Marcus Arbery. Nothing can bring Mr. Arbery back to his family and to his community, but the verdict ensures that those who committed this horrible crime will be punished,” Biden mentioned.