Val Demings Statement on Verdict in Arbery Murder Trial

ORLANDO — Today, a jury in Brunswick, Georgia found three men guility on charges related to the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. In response, former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings, candidate for United States Senate, released the following statement:

“This decision gives Ahmaud Arbery and his family some semblance of the justice they deserve. I am grateful to the jury who weighed the evidence in this case.

“As a former police officer and police chief, I know that we need public safety laws that empower professional police to keep us safe – that’s been my focus my entire career. What we don’t need are private citizens pursuing and violently confronting people they deem suspicious.

“Today the court has recognized that and condemned the dangerous vigilantism that erodes public safety and enables senseless confrontation and violence in our communities.

“My heart is still heavy today. This tragedy should never have happened in the first place. And my heart is with the family of Ahmaud Arbery and the entire community of Brunswick that has been torn by violence and grief.

“Our criminal justice system has spoken, and we must move forward together to hold America to its promise and create a nation with safety, liberty, and justice for all.”

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