The prosecution’s presentation of the proof and surgically exact cross-examination of Travis McMichael, the shooter, on the stand, left in shreds the preposterous citizen’s arrest/self-defense contentions that had been raised. The jury clearly saw these efforts as what they had been: a determined try at trial to color the three defendants as sympathetic, as performing on the perception they had been imbued with the authority, privilege and energy of regulation enforcement.
Even if the jurors had purchased into the citizen’s arrest narrative, Travis McMichael’s contradictory statements and testimony, together with the video proof, demonstrated that he by no means had a worry of imminent hurt and by no means even instructed Arbery he was holding him for the police. He by no means talked about in his statements or in any other case demonstrated a real worry that Arbery would in some way use McMichael’s personal weapons, his gun or his truck, to hurt any of the three defendants.
It is White privilege on steroids that these three defendants thought that they had a proper to cease, detain and finally kill a person, once they may have taken many different actions alongside the method. They may have waited for the police to reach or adopted at a distance with out confronting Arbery; as a substitute, they hunted him down, blocked him in and brandished a shotgun.
Historic as it might be, this verdict will not rework our legal justice system or our nation. The homicide convictions of Travis and Gregory McMichael and William Bryan are the consequence of 1 case in a single jurisdiction.
We shouldn’t idiot ourselves that, in a single day, our system has been altered or reformed. This case confirmed the system can work, not that it does work, as a result of too typically, it does not.