Activists rally outside Glynn County Courthouse as closing arguments begin in Arbery’s death trial

Activists rally outside Glynn County Courthouse as closing arguments begin in Arbery’s death trial

Brunswick, J.A.; — Black activists and self-defense groups from across the country marched Monday outside Glenn County Courthouse in Brunswick as closing arguments began 10 days after testimonies in the trial of three men accused of Ahmed Arbery’s murder.

Groups, including the New Self-Defense Black Panther Party and the Black Lives Matter Party, gathered outside the building before the rally, which was scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

On Thursday, hundreds of religious leaders from across the country rallied and prayed outside the courtroom in support of the Arbery family after comments from defense attorney Kevin Gough, who said he did not want “more black pastors” sitting in the courtroom with the Arbery family.

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Defense attorney Jason Sheffield spoke with reporters on Friday and was to say this about being outside the courtroom.

“I want to tell you that what happened yesterday was beautiful. It was powerful. There was passion. There was passion, community support. The community came together in a beautiful and powerful way on a cause they felt so passionate about,” Sheffield said.

Activists say they will be in court to continue supporting the Arbery family.

Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael grabbed guns and chased Arbery, 25, into a pickup truck after seeing him running in their neighborhood on February 23, 2020. A neighbor, William “Rudi” Bryan, joined the chase and recorded a video of Travis McMichael shooting while Arbery threw Arbery Punches and grabbed his gun.

No one was charged with murder until Bryan’s video leaked and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation took over the case from the local police. The three men face murder and other charges.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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