Kyle Rittenhouse, a U.S. citizen who killed two people and wounded one-third of them with a semi-automatic rifle during anti-racism protests in Wisconsin in August 2020, was released this Friday (19) during a widely-followed trial in the United States.
During the fourth day’s debate, twelve jurors found Rittenhouse “not guilty” on five counts, including the murder of an 18-year-old white man.
Returnhouse, who was facing a life sentence, said he acted in self-defense.
After the verdict was read, he cried before leaving the court quickly.
The verdict, which marked widespread divisions in American society over the use of weapons, the right to self-defense and the anti-apartheid movement of Black Lives Matter, was widely publicized in the country and, as expected, raised grievances.
New York Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized the “denial of justice”, while Republican Congresswoman Mary Miller tweeted, “God bless America.”
As a precaution, the governor of Wisconsin asked 500 National Guard soldiers to be ready to intervene in Kenosha.
On August 23, 2020, riots erupted in the city of Great Lakes after police brutally wounded a young black man named Jacob Blake who had been shot in the back during an arrest attempt.
Kyle Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, was armed with a semi-automatic rifle and joined armed groups claiming to be “protecting” businesses. In the chaotic situation, he opened fire, killing two people and injuring one-third. All of your victims are white.
“I did nothing wrong, I defended myself,” the young man cried during the trial, and promised to shoot only after the white man had chased all three.
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