A jury has acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse Friday on all charges relating to the lethal shooting of two men and the injuring of a third with an AR-15 rifle during a 2020 Black Lives Matter riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, determining that the then 17-year-old acted in self-defense.
This should have been obvious from the get-go. It’s a travesty that these charges were ever even brought up against Rittenhouse. It’s clear from the video footage he was being attacked, as several attackers pulled weapons on him first.
“A 12-member jury found Rittenhouse, 18, not guilty on two counts of homicide, one count of attempted homicide and two counts of recklessly endangering safety during street protests marred by arson, rioting and looting on Aug. 25, 2020 in the working-class city of Kenosha,” Newsmax reported.
After the verdict was read, Rittenhouse broke down sobbing. This came shortly after the judge warned those in the courtroom to be quiet or be removed.
The jury in the case deliberated for three and a half days.
“The charges against (the) defendant on all counts are dismissed with prejudice and he’s released from the obligation of his bond,” Judge Bruce Schroeder went on to say to the court.
He then went on to promise jurors that the court would take “every measure” to ensure their safety.
Here’s more from the news outlet:
In reaction to the verdict, prosecutor Thomas Binger said the jury had spoken.
Rittenhouse’s mother, sitting several feet away from him on a courtroom bench, gasped in delight and began crying as the clerk read out the string of five not-guilty verdicts, hugging others around her.
Conservative leaders welcomed the verdict and condemned the case brought against Rittenhouse.
“All of us who knew what actually happened in Kenosha last year assumed this would be the verdict,” Republican former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stated on his Twitter account. “Thankfully, the jury thought the same.”
Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who is black and currently running as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate went on to denounce the verdict.
“Over the last few weeks, many dreaded the outcome we just witnessed,” Barnes went on to say in her pandering response on the verdict. “The presumption of innocence until proven guilty is what we should expect from our judicial system, but that standard is not always applied equally. We have seen so many black and brown youth killed, only to be put on trial posthumously, while the innocence of Kyle Rittenhouse was virtually demanded by the judge.”
If he would have been found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, Rittenhouse could have potentially been given a sentence of life in prison.