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Kyle Rittenhouse found not guilty in Kenosha protest shootings


Kyle Rittenhouse, looking back on his trial at Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha (Wisconsin) Nov. 8, 2021.

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Kyle Rittenhouse, who was being closely monitored by the jury, was found not guilty of all charges related his murders of two unarmed men and his shooting of a third armed man last year during a demonstration in Kenosha.

The fourth day of jury deliberations saw jurors reach their verdict.

Rittenhouse, shaking during the reading of the verdict, fell to the ground and started crying when she heard the juror forewoman say “not guilt” five more times right before 1:15 p.m. ET.

Judge Bruce Schroeder thanked each juror for their services and then dismissed them.

On Wednesday, Rittenhouse’s lawyers asked the judge in the case to declare a mistrial on the grounds that they had received a copy of a drone video that was of inferior quality than the one available to prosecutors.

According to prosecutors, Rittenhouse was 17 years old when he pointed an AR-15-style rifle at protestors. This happened shortly before Anthony Huber, 36, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, were shot by Rittenhouse on Aug. 25, 2020.

Antioch, Illinois resident said he was self-defense.

They were executed. during civil unrest in Kenosha over the shootingTwo days prior, a white officer of police was arrested. black man, Jacob Blake, who was left paralyzed from the waist down after being hit with seven rounds to his back.

Blake’s shootingIt was three months later that it happened by itself. the Minneapolis police killing of George FloydAnother black man ignited nationwide protests. demands for reform of police departments.

They, in turn, led to a backlash among conservativesThe former President Donald TrumpWho? condemned protestors.

Rittenhouse was accused of five felonies in the case, which started Nov. 1. Rittenhouse was facing one each of first degree reckless homicide or first-degree intentionally homicide; two counts of recklessly endangering health and one count for attempted first-degree deliberate homicide.

Before jurors could get the case, a sixth count of criminal possession of dangerous weapons by someone under 18 was dismissed Monday by the trial judge.

Kenosha business owners prepared for possible violence MondayAs the closing arguments of the trial began, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers last week placed 500 members of the National Guard on standby in preparation for the verdict.

Rittenhouse has become a hero to some conservativesHe claims he killed Huber and Rosenbaum and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, in these shootings. The footage was captured and shared across social media.

Grosskreutz was a Kenosha paramedic, who was treating protestors. He had a gun in his right hand when he approached Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse later told him that Rittenhouse had killed someone.

Grosskreutz said that he believed the defendant to be an active shooter.

Liberals on the other side have condemned Rittenhouse for being a reckless vigilante who has been embraced by racist groups such as the Proud Boys.

These weeks Rittenhouse’s critics have been shocked by Schroeder the trial judge. castigated prosecutors at various points, and barred them from referring to the shot men as “victims” while allowing the defense lawyers to call them “rioters,” “arsonists” and “looters.”

In closing arguments, Rittenhouse attorney Mark Richards stated to jurors that this was a politically-motivated case.

The district attorney’s office has been moving forward in this case, because it needs someone to take responsibility. Richards stated that they need someone to say “We did it”, “He brought terror to Kenosha.”

Kyle Rittenhouse, however, isn’t that person. These are the protesters who have become rioters. They are those individuals.

Rittenhouse, who testified during trial, said that he had traveled approximately 20 miles from his house to Kenosha to carry a semi-automatic gun to defend businesses in the area.

Authorities have stated that Rittenhouse, due to his youth, was not allowed to legally purchase the rifle. A friend purchased it for Rittenhouse with Rittenhouse’s money.

“I took the gun to protect me.” Rittenhouse testified. “I did not think that I would need to fire the gun, and have to defend my self.” 

Rittenhouse stated that he was protecting his own life as he killed Rosenbaum, Huber and their families.

They were not my intention. Rittenhouse stated that he intended to end the attacks on me by those who attacked him. “I did whatever I needed to do in order to stop him from attacking me.”

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Rittenhouse said that Huber struck him with a skateboard then grabbed his rifle.

Rittenhouse reported that “Mr. Huber is running up” and as I get up, he hits me with the skateboard again. “He grabs me by the gun. It pulls at my skin and I can sense the straps coming loose from my body. One shot is fired.

Monday’s closing arguments saw Thomas Binger, the prosecutor dismiss Rittenhouse’s defense.

Binger said that Rittenhouse had brought a gun and a fistfight to defend himself.

Binger explained, “So, consider, for example whether it’s heroic and honorable to shoot unarmed civilians.”

They enjoy telling others what to do without having the courage and honor to support it and with no legal authority.

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