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The 14 Moments That Swept Us Away At The Tokyo Olympics

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U.S. track star Allyson Felix smiles after winning the bronze medal in the 400 meter race on Friday.

TOKYO — They were called the «COVID Olympics.» The «pandemic Olympics.» The «anger Olympics.» Many Japanese people were upset to host such a huge and risky event in the middle of the pandemic, and many outside observers were surprised it happened at all.

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But as the Tokyo Games close out inside these quiet and largely fan-less venues, records were set, history was made, and heartwarming moments of underdogs prevailing were streamed onto smartphones and beamed to televisions in homes around the world.

NPR’s team in Tokyo put together our favorite moments of the Games, where participants showed their athleticism, sportsmanship, and what motivated them to compete.

You can jump to a moment here:

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Allyson Felix becomes the most decorated woman and U.S. athlete in track and field history

The gold medal U.S. track star Allyson Felix earned on Saturday in the 4 x 400 meter relay marked a huge milestone — it made her the most decorated U.S. athlete in track and field history.

Felix has won 10 other Olympic medals and competed in five Olympics.

The night before, she won a bronze medal in the individual 400 meter race, breaking the record for the most Olympic medals for a female track and field athlete.

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«This one is very different, and it’s very special. And it just took a lot to get here,» Felix said after the race.

She said she knew there were people who doubted whether she could make the team this time around, let alone medal. But on Friday, the 35-year-old went out and ran the second-fastest 400 meter race of her career.

Joint gold medalists Mutaz Essa Barshim of Team Qatar and Gianmarco Tamberi of Team Italy celebrate on the podium during the medal ceremony for the men’s high jump at the Tokyo Olympics.

Two high jumpers decide to share gold

​​It was the moment that melted hearts around the globe. Two high jumpers competed for hours but neither bested the other. Instead of heading into a tie-breaking jump off Qatar’s Mutaz Essah Barshim asked «Can we share the Gold?»

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When the answer came back yes, Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi jumped into Barshim’s arms on the track. Both had suffered through near career ending injuries, both had come back at their best. Through years of competition the two became close friends. On the podium together they clasped hands and raised them in the air.

«I know for a fact that for the performance I did, I deserve that gold. He did the same thing, so I know he deserved that gold,» Barshim said afterward. «This is beyond sport. This is the message we deliver to the young generation.» A message of sportsmanship and love.

«You can’t believe the emotion, the dream, of a gold medal to somebody who sacrificed his entire life for this and it was just amazing and sharing with a friend is even more,» Tamberi said.

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U.S. shot putter Raven Saunders protests on the podium with her silver medal after competing the women’s shot put.

U.S. shot putter Raven Saunders defies the ban on podium protests

U.S. shot putter and silver medalist Raven Saunders was a social media sensation at the Tokyo Games with her «Hulk» persona and larger-than-life personality. She used her platform to represent her multi-faceted identity as a Black gay woman who’d struggled with depression so deeply that she contemplated suicide.

She also became the first Olympian to defy Rule 50 at the Tokyo Games. That rule bars competitors from protesting on the podium. When her medal was around her neck and the gold medalist from China’s anthem was complete, Saunders briefly crossed her arms above her head in the shape of an X. She said it represented the «intersection where all oppressed people meet.» Afterward U.S. fencer Race Imboden accepted his bronze medal with a small «x» drawn on the back of his hand to protest Rule 50.

The International Olympic Committee is under increasing pressure to change the rule, critics call it a violation of competitors’ rights to free speech. Olympic organizers at first said they were looking into Saunders’ gesture on the podium. But the inquiry was suspended when Saunders got the devastating news that her mother had died days after her medal ceremony.

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U.S. wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock celebrates after winning the women’s freestyle 68-kilogram final at the Tokyo Olympics.

U.S. wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock cries holding the U.S. flag

U.S. wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock won the women’s 68-kilogram freestyle final, becoming the first Black woman — and only the second woman — to take gold in Olympic wrestling for the U.S.

She was competing against Nigerian athlete Blessing Oborududu.

Mensah-Stock said she hopes her boundary-breaking win can help inspire the next generation of wrestlers.

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«These young women are going to see themselves in a number of ways and look up and go, ‘I can do that, I can see myself’. Look at this natural hair. Come on. Man, I’ve got my puffballs out, so they can know that they can do it too,» Mensah-Stock said. «I know the future for women’s wrestling is bright and growing immensely.»

After her win, she made a heart-shaped gesture with her hands and hugged her coaches. Then, she held a large U.S. flag over her head.

«I’m feeling very happy and I keep trying not to cry, but it keeps happening,» she said, according to a release from Team USA. «I just want to go into a dark room and cry, but I’m crying from joy.»

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Simone Biles competes in the balance beam final on August 3.

Simone Biles mounts a comeback after withdrawing to focus on mental health

U.S. gymnastics star Simone Biles triumphantly returned to competition on the last day of women’s artistic gymnastics, winning a bronze medal after taking time she needed for her mental health.

Earlier in the Games, Biles withdrew after the first vault of the team final, saying she didn’t feel confident that she could perform and didn’t want to risk an injury or a medal for the team. She said she was dealing with a terrifying phenomenon known as the «twisties,» when a gymnast feels lost in the air, and received an outpouring of support from her team, other athletes, and fans.

Biles also withdrew from the individual all-around final, and three of the four individual apparatus finals.

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«It wasn’t easy pulling out of all those competitions. I physically and mentally wasn’t in the right headspace and I didn’t want to jeopardize my health or my safety because at the end of the day it’s not worth it,» Biles said. «My mental and physical health is above all medals that I could ever win.»

When she competed on the beam, she was still dealing with the twisties — but altered her routine so they didn’t affect her as much.

«I wasn’t expecting to walk away with a medal. I was just going out there to do this for me and whatever happens, happens,» Biles said after the competition. She added that it «just meant the world to be back out there.»

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U.S. gymnasts Sunisa Lee, Grace McCallum, Simone Biles and Jordan Chiles celebrate winning the silver medal during the podium ceremony of the artistic gymnastics women’s team final at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

U.S. gymnasts band together and take silver in the team event

When Biles pulled out of the team final, her teammates fully supported her decision.

It also posed a huge challenge for them. Mid-competition, the three first-time Olympians had to come up with a new plan to get through the difficult gauntlet of events, all the while worried about their teammate and friend.

And they stepped up. Jordan Chiles took Biles’ place on the uneven bars and balance beam and Sunisa Lee competed on the floor exercise.

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At the end of the night, the gymnasts had pulled off a stellar showing without the cornerstone of their team, second only to the group from Russia.

«There was definitely a lot of emotions going through all of our heads, but I’m really proud that we were able to step up to the plate and do what we needed to do,» said Lee. «It’s very hard to lose a teammate, especially at the Olympic Games, so I was really proud of all of us.»

Lee also took home a gold medal in the individual all-around final, where Biles had been a favorite to win before she pulled out.

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U.S. swimmer Caeleb Dressel celebrates after winning the gold medal and breaking the world record in the men’s 4 x 100m medley relay final at the Tokyo Olympics.

Caeleb Dressel is taking home five gold medals in swimming

U.S. star swimmer Caeleb Dressel, 24, came into these Olympics with high expectations but no individual Olympic medals. He’s leaving with three golds in individual events and two golds in relays.

Dressel broke his own world record in the 100 meter butterfly and was part of a world record-setting team in the 4×100 medley relay.

He set Olympic records in the 100 meter freestyle and the 50 meter freestyle — a mad sprint that is just one length of the pool. And he led off the gold medal-winning men’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay.

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«I think the U.S. has been so dominant for so long, to put my stamp on the sport is very special,» he said on the last day of Olympic swimming.

U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky races in a heat of the women’s 400 meter freestyle race in Tokyo.

Katie Ledecky defies doubters early in the Olympics and finishes on top

What Dressel did in Tokyo, Ledecky did at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. She had her breakout Games, winning four golds — three of them individual — and becoming invincible in the eyes of the world. Of course no one is truly that; athletes, as we’ve learned so well at these Games, are human beings. And so when Ledecky finished second and fifth in her first two Tokyo events, the «what’s wrong with Katie?» narrative emerged.

The answer, of course, was nothing. She ended up winning two gold medals and two silvers — a sublime haul for any athlete. But through Ledecky, we were reminded again about the weight of Olympic expectations.

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«Every move you make is being watched and judged,» she said, «and as much as we say that we try to ignore it, I think some of that is just trying to keep that positive mindset and move forward.»

Those are words of wisdom, and good advice for Dressel as he approaches Paris 2024 and the likely expectation that he’ll be invincible.

Dutch runner Sifan Hassan gets back up after falling, and finishes first in a heat of the women’s 1,500 meter at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

A runner falls in a 1,500 meter race — and still wins

Dutch runner Sifan Hassan had just entered the final lap of her 1,500-meter heat, where she was a medal favorite. Suddenly, the runner in front of her fell, bringing her down too.

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With 11 runners in front of her and a huge gap to make up, Hassan stood up and started reeling them in. On the final straightaway, she passed five of the fastest runners in world, winning the heat.

«Believe me, it was horrible, but sometimes I think bad things happen for good. When I fell down I said to myself, OK life doesn’t always go the way that you want,» she said. «After that I felt like somebody who drank 20 cups of coffee. I couldn’t calm myself down.»

She went on to win bronze in the final — a medal she wouldn’t have without managing to pull off the near-impossible in the qualifying race. She also took gold in the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters.

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Quan Hongchan of Team China competes in the women’s 10 meter platform final.

A 14-year-old Chinese diver scores two perfect 10s

14-year-old diving prodigy Quan Hongchan competed in her first Olympics, and already attained perfection.

And she did it twice, with two dives that received unanimous perfect scores from the judges’ panel in the 10-meter platform event.

This was her first international competition. When it became clear she was the winner, her coach lifted her in the air as she laughed and smiled.

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«I was a little nervous, but not very, just a little bit,» she said, and thanked her parents watching back home in China. «I want to thank them for encouraging me, encouraging me to relax and telling me to just go for my dives freely because it doesn’t matter whether I get a medal or not.»

In a third dive, she earned six 10s and one 9.5. Since the two highest and two lowest scores are discarded to calculate the final score, it was also effectively a perfect dive.

Yuto Horigome of Japan competes in the men’s street skateboarding finals July 25.

Japan makes a statement in skateboarding’s Olympic debut

Despite the fact that Japan officials frown on the sport and there are signs around Tokyo warning «No Skateboarding,» teen athletes from Japan won three gold medals and a silver medal in the skateboarding competitions that debuted during the Games. They dominated in a sport that originated in Southern California.

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During the first ever Olympic street skateboarding contest, 22-year-old Yuto Horigome won gold. In the neighborhood where he had grown up, Horigome expertly flipped his board in the air, sailing over staircases and gliding on rails. He executed a difficult «nollie 270 noseslide,» flipping his board, then sliding it down the rail on its nose.

The following day, 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya became Japan’s youngest gold medalist ever when she won the women’s street skateboarding competition.

In the park skateboarding contest, Sakura Yosozumi, 19, claimed gold, soaring through the valleys and up walls of the curved concrete course. She grinded her board on the lip of the course, and soared over it with mid-air tricks, rotating 540 degrees. Afterwards, she told reporters her family had built a small skatepark for her at home, and that’s where she practiced to get good enough to win the gold medal.

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Yosozumi scored slightly higher than her teammate, Kokona Hiraki. The 12-year-old earned the silver medal in the park skateboarding competition.

U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner celebrates during the gold medal game against Japan on Sunday in Saitama, Japan.

U.S. women’s basketball takes its seventh gold medal in a row

There seem to be two certainties about women’s basketball at the Olympics: The U.S. won’t lose a game and will win gold. Both of those happened again in Tokyo. The U.S. rolled through the tournament winning all six games it played and earning its seventh gold medal in a row. The U.S. has now won a remarkable 55 Olympic straight games dating to the 1992 Barcelona Games.

The team was led by a powerhouse group of WNBA stars including Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird (who won their fifth gold medals — the first basketball players to do so), Brittney Griner (who scored a record 30 points in an Olympic gold medal game), Breanna Stewart, A’ja Wilson, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles.

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Dawn Staley won her first gold medal as a coach, having won three golds as a player.

While the lineup will inevitably be different at the Paris Games in 2024, it seems very likely that the U.S. will find a way to win and be golden again.

Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men’s 400 meter freestyle final.

A Tunisian swimmer mounts an upset and shocks the swimming world

An 18-year-old Tunisian managed to pull off a surprise upset in the 400 meter freestyle swimming event, winning the fifth gold medal ever for his country.

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Ahmed Hafnaoui erupted in jubilation when he realized he won in the extremely tight race, pumping his fists and placing both hands on his brow as he took in the victory.

He seemed genuinely shocked at the result: «I just can’t accept that — it is too incredible.»

Hafnaoui came into the race with the slowest qualifying time of the eight swimmers — but he touched the wall first, beating out Australia’s Jack McLoughlin by just 0.16 seconds. Kieran Smith from the U.S. took bronze, about a half-second behind the winner.

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When Hafnaoui was asked by NBC how he kept his lead, he simply said: «I don’t know, I just put my hand in the water, that’s it.» The swimmer seemed at a loss for words. Shaking his head, he said, «it’s a dream that became true.»

Japan’s Ryo Kiyuna holds a portrait of his late mother with his men’s kata gold medal at a ceremony in the karate competition.

Japan wins gold in the sport of Karate as it makes its Olympic debut

After decades of trying for Olympic inclusion, Karate made its debut at the Tokyo Olympics. Three-time world champion Ryo Kiyuna rewarded his native country with a gold medal.

Kiyuna won men’s kata, one of two martial arts disciplines contested at these Games (the sparring event «kumite» was the other) that’s particularly mesmerizing. It involves a lone competitor executing highly stylized and controlled movements and crisp, violent punches against an imaginary opponent. Some of the moves are punctuated by fierce screams.

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Kiyuna’s victory was memorable for two reasons: he’s a native of Okinawa, where karate originated centuries ago; and on the medal stand he held a framed photo of his mother, who died two years ago.

«I felt I wanted to report my triumph to [her]» he said afterwards.

As dramatic as karate’s debut was, it’s the only one of these Olympics’ new sports (climbing, surfing, skateboarding and 3-on-3 basketball are the others) that won’t be on the program at the next Summer Games in 2024, in Paris. For Karate fans, it’s an unfortunate decision, especially since the martial art is popular in France and throughout the world.

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Los compradores de Amazon dicen que esta es la mejor camiseta para hombre ‘de todos los tiempos’

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El juicio por asesinato en Georgia por el asesinato de Ahmaud Arbery se considera un caso de prueba para la justicia racial

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La tía de Ahmaud Arbrey, Theawanza Brooks, frente a su casa en Brunswick, Georgia. «Nadie tiene la decisión de ser juez, jurado y verdugo».

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La tía de Ahmaud Arbrey, Theawanza Brooks, frente a su casa en Brunswick, Georgia. «Nadie tiene la decisión de ser juez, jurado y verdugo».

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Uno de los asesinatos que provocó protestas por la justicia racial el año pasado vuelve a ser el centro de atención nacional con un juicio que comenzará el lunes. Tres hombres blancos están acusados ​​de asesinar a Ahmaud Arbery, un hombre negro de 25 años que fue asesinado a tiros mientras corría por una calle residencial el 23 de febrero de 2020 después de ser perseguido por camionetas.

«Fue justo aquí», dice Theawanza Brooks, la tía de Arbery. «Aquí es donde descansó por última vez».

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Ella está parada en la esquina de una calle en la subdivisión de Satilla Shores en las afueras de Brunswick. Es un vecindario escondido entre vías fluviales en la costa de Georgia. Los árboles imponentes forman un dosel sobre casas en su mayoría estilo rancho de ladrillos. Un letrero en un patio delantero dice «Corremos con Ahmaud».

Arbery, un ex atleta de la escuela secundaria, vivía a unas dos millas de aquí, justo al otro lado de la ruta 17 de los Estados Unidos. Brooks dice que esta era una de sus rutas habituales para correr porque podía mantenerse alejado de la autopista.

Ahí va ahora mismo. Corriendo por la calle

Pero algunos residentes habían comenzado a sospechar de Arbery, después de verlo en repetidas ocasiones entrando en un nuevo sitio de construcción de viviendas. Sospechaban de él de allanamientos recientes, aunque la policía no lo había vinculado a ninguno.

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El día del tiroteo, el acusado Travis McMichael llama al 911 para informar que hay un tipo en una casa en construcción. «Ahí va ahora mismo», dice en la grabación. «Corriendo por la calle».

El despachador dice que enviará a la policía, pero pregunta: «¿Solo necesito saber qué estaba haciendo mal?»

Arbery estaba desarmado, pero Travis McMichael tenía una escopeta.

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El padre de Travis, Gregory McMichael, también acusado, hizo una segunda llamada al 911.

«Hay un hombre negro corriendo por la calle», dice. Luego grita «¡Detente! ¡Maldita sea, detente! ¡Travis!»

Segundos después escuchas tres disparos de escopeta.

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Los recuerdos, algunos visibles y otros ocultos, están esparcidos por Brunswick, incluido este mural de Ahmaud Arbery.

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Theawanza Brooks dice que a menudo se imagina cómo debe haber sido ese momento para su sobrino, atrapado sin nadie que lo ayude. Ahora se está preparando para escuchar a los acusados ​​argumentar en la corte que todo esto sucedió porque sospechaban de él en robos en el vecindario, que fue el arresto de un ciudadano legal que salió trágicamente mal porque Arbery se defendió.

«Incluso si robas algo, nadie tiene la decisión de ser juez, jurado y verdugo», dice Brooks.

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En el juicio, Travis McMichael, de 35 años, Gregory McMichael, de 65, y otro vecino, William Bryan, de 52, enfrentarán cargos estatales que incluyen asesinato, encarcelamiento falso y asalto agravado por perseguir a Arbery en camionetas y matarlo a tiros. Han sido acusados ​​por separado de delitos de odio federales. Ese juicio está programado para febrero de 2022.

El tiroteo de Arbery ha atraído un intenso escrutinio nacional, sucediendo casi al mismo tiempo que estallaban las protestas por la justicia racial en respuesta a los asesinatos policiales.

Hubo serias dudas sobre cómo los funcionarios del condado de Glynn manejaron originalmente el caso. No sucedió nada hasta que el video del asesinato del teléfono celular, grabado por el acusado Bryan, fue publicado meses después.

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La ex fiscal de distrito, Jackie Johnson, ahora enfrenta cargos de que intentó proteger a los McMichaels de ser procesados. El mayor de los McMichael había trabajado como investigador en la oficina del fiscal del distrito y era un ex oficial de policía. Su hijo había estado en la Guardia Costera. Varios jueces y fiscales también se retiraron del caso. El juez de la Corte Superior Timothy Wamsley de Savannah presidirá el juicio.

Pasaron casi tres meses antes de que se hicieran los arrestos, después de una creciente presión pública, y la Oficina de Investigaciones de Georgia tomó el caso de la policía del condado de Glynn.

El video de Bodycam de la escena muestra a la policía tratando a Travis McMichael con gran cuidado y deferencia mientras estaba literalmente con las manos manchadas de sangre, mientras Arbery yacía en la calle.

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«Se les dio una cortesía que el ciudadano normal no habría recibido», dice el pastor John Perry, quien era presidente de la NAACP local cuando Arbery fue asesinado.

El pastor John Perry frente al Ayuntamiento en el centro de Brunswick. Sobre el sistema de justicia y las diferencias entre cómo se trata a las personas blancas y negras, «Algunas personas lo llaman el buen sistema de los viejos. Yo lo llamo relaciones de privilegio».

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«Especialmente en la comunidad negra si se descubre que mataste a alguien», dice. «Te esposan y te reservan».

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Perry se postula para alcalde de Brunswick tras el asesinato de Arbery. Es parte de un campo abarrotado de candidatos que refleja un despertar político más amplio.

Él dice que este caso es un excelente ejemplo de por qué muchos ciudadanos negros ven el sistema de justicia como corrupto.

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«Algunas personas lo llaman el buen sistema del chico viejo. Yo lo llamo relaciones de privilegio», dice Perry. «Hay personas que ascienden a lugares de poder y han establecido relaciones, y esas relaciones establecidas se buscan de una manera que no se busca a otras personas».

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Perry y otros, incluidos los fiscales federales, dicen que el asesinato de Arbery fue por motivos raciales, que fue perfilado como un hombre negro que corre por un vecindario predominantemente blanco.

Los abogados defensores rechazarán ese argumento en el juicio, según el abogado Robert Rubin, que representa al pistolero, Travis McMichael.

«Hay un hombre en el vecindario que no pertenece al vecindario. No porque sea negro», dice Rubin. «No pertenece allí porque al menos está invadiendo una casa a la que no pertenece».

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Rubin argumenta que la sospecha equivale a una causa probable según la ley de arresto de ciudadanos de Georgia en ese momento, y que los McMichaels simplemente estaban tratando de detener a Arbery hasta que llegara la policía. Pero cuando Arbery se resistió, dice, Travis McMichael actuó en defensa propia.

«Están literalmente unidos, el señor Arbery tiene una mano en el arma y con la otra está golpeando a Travis en la cabeza», dice Rubin. “Travis sabe ‘si pierdo la posesión de esta pistola, estoy muerto’. Y entonces dispara el arma. El señor Arbery no deja de atacarlo y, finalmente, mata al señor Arbery «.

La lucha fue capturada en un video de teléfono celular por el tercer sospechoso: William Bryan, que se conoce con el nombre de Roddie.

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«Sin Roddie Bryan no habría caso», dice su abogado Kevin Gough.

Bryan estaba en la segunda camioneta persiguiendo a Arbery. Gough dice que su cliente no tuvo nada que ver con el tiroteo y que ha cooperado plenamente con la investigación.

«Roddie Bryant no hizo nada el día en cuestión que no hubiera hecho ningún estadounidense patriota», argumenta Gough. «Vio a un individuo que no conocía corriendo, seguido por un vehículo motorizado que él vio, en una comunidad que estaba al límite».

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Dice que está mal plantear este caso a la luz de la lucha más amplia de la nación por una justicia igualitaria.

Fuera del histórico palacio de justicia de Brunswick. Se ha convocado a mil miembros potenciales del jurado para el juicio, diez veces el promedio. Los funcionarios de la corte esperan que la gran cantidad de personas enfrente el desafío de sentar un jurado de 12 personas que no conocen a los acusados ​​ni a la víctima y no han tomado una decisión sobre el caso.

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«Parece que estas personas están siendo perseguidas, castigadas, procesadas, como se describa, en un sentido o una forma de expiar los pecados de la aplicación de la ley reales o percibidos en la administración de justicia», dice Gough.

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Muchos ven este juicio en el contexto de otros casos prominentes de justicia racial que han tenido una mezcla de veredictos: Ahmaud Arbery es otro nombre en una lista que incluye a Trayvon Martin, Walter Scott, Breonna Taylor y George Floyd.

E históricamente, los cientos que vinieron antes, dice Bobby Henderson, cofundador de A Better Glynn, un grupo de base formado el año pasado en respuesta al asesinato de Arbery.

Fuimos testigos de un linchamiento

«Aquí estamos en el sur y fuimos testigos de un linchamiento», dice Henderson. «¿Qué tan lejos estamos de 1892? Eso es lo que está en juego».

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De pie en los escalones del histórico Palacio de Justicia del Condado de Glynn, Henderson dice que durante demasiado tiempo, lugares como este no ofrecían justicia a personas como él. Él ve este caso como una prueba de si eso ha cambiado.

«¿Podemos mantener algo de este impulso hacia la verdadera equidad, igualdad y justicia?» él pide. «¿O simplemente estamos atrapados en un ciclo en el que algunas personas lo entienden y otras no? Depende. La Constitución estadounidense no debería ser un pergamino de – depende».

Para Henderson, el caso también es personal. Su hijo trabajó con Ahmaud Arbery en un restaurante de comida rápida cuando eran adolescentes.

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«Me costó mucho emocionalmente», dice. «Estás reuniendo todos estos componentes. Entiendes lo que está sucediendo a nivel nacional, donde la gente está viendo lo que le está sucediendo a la gente negra y morena. Estás reviviendo Trayvon Martin una vez más».

Bobby Henderson frente al histórico palacio de justicia de Brunswick en el centro de Brunswick. Me costó mucho emocionalmente «, dice.» Estás reuniendo todos estos componentes. Entiendes lo que está sucediendo a nivel nacional, donde la gente está viendo lo que le está sucediendo a la gente negra y morena «.

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Su grupo ha trabajado para organizar a la gente y los votantes, y ha cabildeado para que se realicen cambios e investigaciones en las políticas. Y en el último año la aguja se ha movido. La fiscal de distrito que no procesó el asesinato de Arbery fue expulsada de su cargo y ahora enfrenta cargos por su manejo del caso. La legislatura de Georgia derogó la ley de arresto de ciudadanos del estado y aprobó una nueva legislación sobre delitos de odio. Y el condado de Glynn tiene un nuevo jefe de policía: el primer hombre negro en dirigir el departamento. Henderson dice que esos son pasos hacia un gobierno más inclusivo.

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«Creemos que eso es un reflejo directo de la cantidad de trabajo que hemos hecho para que la gente se dé cuenta de su propio poder», dice. «Y donde puedan utilizar su poder para crear su propio bien».

La tía de Ahmaud Arbery, Thewanza Brooks reconoce el cambio que se ha producido en el nombre de su sobrino.

«Se ha hecho una diferencia desde su muerte», dice ella. «Aprendimos que cuando nos unimos colectivamente como comunidad, las cosas cambian. Y creo que esta tragedia ha abierto los ojos a mucha gente».

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