If Ahmaud Arbery’s family doesn’t have peace, community won’t have peace, BLM protesters say
Brunswick, Georgia – Black Lives Matter protesters chanting “shut it down” if there isn’t “justice” for Ahmaud Arbery told Fox News they will march peacefully if the men accused of murdering him are not convicted of all charges.
“We just want them to do the right thing,” Michael Harris from North Carolina said.
Travis McMichael, 35, his father Greg McMichael, 65, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, 52, were charged with murder, aggravated assault and false imprisonment for the Feb. 23, 2020, fatal shooting of Arbery outside Brunswick, Georgia.
Michael Harris protests in front of Glenn County Courthouse
A group of activists led by Harris chanted outside the Glenn County Courthouse Tuesday:
“What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now. When we don’t get it, shut it down.”
Harris told Fox News that “shut it down” does not mean they plan to destroy property if the verdicts do not go their way.
These booking photos show, from left, Travis McMichael, his father, Gregory McMichael, and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. (Glynn County Detention Center via AP, File)
“Let me say it again so the news and these clowns don’t misinterpret what I say,” Harris said.
“The community don’t get no peace because his family don’t have peace,” Harris continued. “That’s what we mean when we say that, not that we’ll do anything crazy, whatever you call crazy, all right? So don’t twist our words … When we say no justice, no peace, we mean we’ll march sunup to sundown. We don’t get tired.”
Black Lives Matter and Black Panther protesters gather outside the Glynn County Courthouse, where the trial of three men in slaying of Ahmaud Arbery is being held, on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, in Brunswick, Georgia. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Terrell Harris, from Georgia, said Travis and Greg McMichael, along with Bryan, should be guilty “across the board.”