The accused was acquitted in the high-profile trial of the violent death of two people in anti-racism protests in the city of Kenosha last year.
(USA)- The twelve jurors found shooter Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all five counts yesterday. The now 18-year-old R. had never denied the fatal shots with an assault rifle at the protest in the US state of Wisconsin, but invoked his right to self-defense. After the verdict had been announced, R. struggled with relief in the courtroom.
The security measures in the court and in front of the building had previously been tightened significantly due to feared protests. The trial of R. sparked a debate in the United States about the right to self-defense and the right to carry a weapon.
US President Joe Biden stated, “Although the Kenosha ruling will leave many Americans with a feeling of anger and concern, and I am one of them, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken.” Biden urged citizensto express their reactions to the judgment peacefully and in accordance with the law.“Violence and property destruction have no place in our democracy,” he said.He had promised the Governor of Wisconsin, Tony Evers, any support of the federal government to maintain public safety.Kenosha Shooter Not Guilty.
Serious protests broke out in Kenosha in the summer of 2020 after the African-American Jacob Blake was shot several times in the back during a police operation. The case took place in a heated political climate, because only about three months earlier, the African American George Floyd had been killed in a brutal police operation in Minneapolis.
The then 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse shot two white men with an AR-15 assault rifle and injured another person during a protest. He had traveled to Kenosha in order to protect his property there from looting, according to his own statements. The prosecution charged him with two counts of murder. He was facing life imprisonment. When he testified at the trial, the defendant asserted that he did not go to Kenosha to cause trouble.
He was threatened and shot because he feared for his life. The one man he shot chased him and grabbed his gun. The other hit him with a skateboard. “I didn’t mean to kill her. I wanted to stop the people who were attacking me, ”he said.Kenosha Shooter Not Guilty