The acquittal last Friday of the teenager Kyle Rittenhouse, accused of the murder of two people during the riots that followed the racial protests in Kenosha (Wisconsin) in August 2020, has led to several demonstrations against the verdict in cities like New York, Portland or the locality of Kenosha.
On the night of August 25 of that year, Rittenhouse traveled with a semi-automatic assault rifle from Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha for, he assured, protect private property from the riots and looting that led to the protest over the shooting death of Jacob Blake, a black man, at the hands of a policeman.
In New York, five people have been arrested in the borough of Queens, where some material damage has also been registered, as reported by the city police. Some 300 protesters also gathered outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. to denounce the verdict as an example of racial double standards in the American judicial system.
The protests have been repeated in the city of Portland, where about 200 people staged a violent rally in front of the city’s Justice Center. Some groups of protesters, dressed from head to toe in black, smashed the windows of adjacent buildings with stones and attacked a team of reporters from the local branch of the chain. ABC, KATU. At least one person was arrested.
The city of Kenosha was also the scene of demonstrations after Rittenhouse’s acquittal, as reported by the subsidiary of the CBS, the WDJT. A woman was arrested in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse for criticizing the investigating judge, Bruce schroeder, with a graffiti on the floor of the court that read “The judge must go”.
Rittenhouse, now 18, faced charges of intentional homicide, unwise, tried of homicide and reckless endangerment.
The teenager who At the time of the murders he was 17 years old, he shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, who was 26 at the time. Rittenhouse testified that he fired in self-defense and pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Even as the jury weighed the evidence, the case was still weighing two requests from the defense to declare the trial null, with the possibility of reversing the verdict in the event of conviction. In one of the requests the judge was asked to go even further and prohibits the prosecution from conducting a new trial against Rittenhouse.
The process, Revealing the fractures in American society regarding firearms, the right to self-defense, and the anti-racist movement Black Lives Matter, has been widely disseminated in the country, who was looking forward to a verdict.
In the process, he appeared free, after those who supported him paid the bail of two million dollars.
The young man is currently a reference in certain right-wing circles for which the great mobilization against police violence in the summer of 2020 was the work of “anti-fascists” or “anarchists.”
Conversely, for the left, Rittenhouse embodies the excesses of gun culture and the right to self-defense.
(With information from Europa Press and AFP)
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