STATEMENT FROM CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER REV. AL SHARPTON ON GUILTY VERDICT IN AHMAUD ARBERY HATE CRIMES CASE—
STATEMENT FROM CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER REV. AL SHARPTON ON GUILTY VERDICT IN AHMAUD ARBERY HATE CRIMES CASE
New York, NY (February 22, 2022) – Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of National Action Network (NAN), released the following statement in response to the federal jury verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery hate crimes case, which found the three white men who chased and killed Arbery guilty on a federal hate crime charge:
“This verdict is historic and precedent-setting. It sends a signal to the federal government and police departments nationwide that even after you are convicted of state charges, you can be convicted of racially motivated hate crimes. The fact that this decision occurred in the Deep South shows that you can run but you can’t hide. I salute Ahmaud’s parents, Marcus Arbery & Wanda Cooper-Jones, who I’ve worked with on this case since the beginning, and who refused to allow a plea to be taken, instead choosing to go to trial to test the system and see if it would work. In this case, it did.”
About National Action Network (NAN)
National Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency, and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality, or gender. For more information go to www.nationalactionnetwork.net.