Hate crimes, Ahmaud Arbery’s murder, and why motive matters

Posted on AllSides February 24th, 2022
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Violence in America, hate crimes, Ahmaud Arbery
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If someone has been convicted of murder, why then prosecute them for violating a victim’s right to a public street? As hate crimes proliferate, there’s a growing push to shine a light on bigotry.

The foreman, the sole Black man on the panel, wept when the verdict was read.

The evidence in the federal hate crime trial was plain. The men who chased and killed a Black jogger named Ahmaud Arbery in a coastal Georgia suburb two years ago today had a long history of bigoted comments that suggested a...

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