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Kawana Lloyd, klloyd@pfaw.org

Press Release

People For Responds to Federal Hate Crime Verdict in Ahmaud Arbery Trial

WASHINGTON -

In response to the verdict that a jury has found the three white men who killed Ahmaud Arbery guilty on all counts in a federal hate crime trial, President of People For the American Way Ben Jealous, released the following statement:

“This verdict speaks to accountability at the federal level for a murder motivated by hate. This is a just verdict for three men that chased, cornered and killed Ahmaud Arbery. The case at the state level was tried because of the persistence of state prosecutors. The current verdict happened because the Department of Justice followed through on the federal government’s commitment to indict killers on federal hate crimes charges. This is the kind of accountability we must have to address the ongoing terror of white supremacy that’s reigned in our country for hundreds of years, where Black people can be killed with impunity. We must continue to fight for justice for every American who has been the victim of white domestic terrorism and the injustice it fosters.”

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People For the American Way works to build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity. We fight against right-wing extremism and the injustice it fosters.

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