“We Conquered that Lynch Mob” – Marcus Arbery Sr. Ahmaud Arbery’s Father

Marcus Arbery Sr., the father of Ahmaud Arbery, celebrated the guilty verdicts outside the courthouse, saying “we conquered that lynch mob.”

Arbery said he saw the guilty verdicts as a victory for his son — and also for justice everywhere.

“For real, all lives matter,” he said. “Not just Black children. We don’t want to see nobody go through this. I wouldn’t want to see no daddy watch their kid get lynched and shot down like that.”

Latonia Hines, the executive assistant district attorney in Cobb County, said Ahmaud Arbery’s killing signaled a change in the community, Georgia and the nation as a whole.

“It’s all our problem,” he continued. “So hey, let’s keep fighting. Let’s keep doing and making this a better place for all human beings.”

Earlier in the day Judge Timothy Walmsley asked Arbery to leave the courtroom after he reacted to the guilty verdict of Travis McMichael – the man who shot his son.

Arbery exclaimed, “Woohoo!” after the first guilty verdict was read.

“I ask that whoever just made an outburst be removed from the court, please,” said Walmsley.

Concluding his remarks outside the courthouse today, Arbery appealed to love, saying all humans should be treated the same.

“Love everybody,” he concluded. “All human beings need to be  treated equally. We’re going to conquer this lynching. Today is a good day.”

Linda Dunikoski, the lead prosecutor in the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial, said that the prosecution’s argument was a “team effort.”

“We had so many people on the team that helped bring justice for Ahmaud and his family, and we really, really appreciate the support that we had and the faith from Mr. Arbery [Ahmaud Arbery’s father] and from Ms. Wanda Cooper-Jones [Arbery’s mother] who have been with us, and put their faith in us and trusted us,” she said outside the Glynn County, Georgia, courthouse.

“The verdict today was based on the facts, based on the evidence, and that was our goal — was to bring that to that jury so they could do the right thing. Because the jury system works in this country. And when you present the truth to people and they can see it, they will do the right thing. And that’s what this jury did today, in getting justice for Ahmaud Arbery,” she said.
Rev. Al Sharpton praised “White and Black activists” alike for their support during the trial of three men found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery last summer.

“All of us, this is a day White and Black activists showed we could unite and beat the lynch mob that killed Ahmaud,” Sharpton said in front of the courthouse Wednesday afternoon. “And though I never say this often, I must say, we want to thank the prosecutors. They stood and fought for this family.”

Sharpton added: “Tomorrow, in all our joy today, there will be an empty chair at Wanda’s table. Ahmaud will not be at Thanksgiving tomorrow. But she can look at that chair and say to Ahmaud, ‘I fought a good fight and I got you some justice.’ We can’t fill that chair for you, Wanda, but we can say that you are a mother above all mothers. You fought for your son.”

Religious leaders during the trial: Defense attorney Kevin Gough attempted to have Rev. Jesse Jackson removed from the court on Nov. 15 as the civil rights leader sat with Arbery’s family.

Gough insisted that prominent Black pastors such as Jackson and Sharpton, who was also at the trial, could influence the jury. The week before, Gough asked the judge to ban Black pastors from court and later apologized for it.