Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal divides the United States

Not Guilty: Twelve jurors in Kenosha, Wisconsin court on Friday acquitted 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, a year after he killed two protesters with his AR-15 automatic rifle and injured one third during riots in this city, on the shores of Lake Michigan, on the night of Tuesday 25 to Wednesday 26 August 2020.

Six times Kyle Rittenhouse heard the jury say ” not guilty “ for six counts. He hugged his lawyer, while the families of the victims were dismayed. All the American media then launched special editions, in this affair which divided the United States in the midst of the electoral campaign, in the summer of 2020, and today tears it up on its judicial system and the right to use its weapon in the name of self-defense.

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“I stand by what the jury concluded. The jury system works and we must respect it ”, President Joe Biden said immediately before resuming himself in a statement, where he concedes that “Kenosha verdict leaves many Americans angry and worried, including me.”

The parents of one of the victims, Anthony Huber, killed at 26, lamented the “Unacceptable message” sent by Kenosha court: “Today’s verdict means that there is no responsibility for the person who murdered our son. This sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any city, incite violence, and then use the danger they created to justify shooting people in the streets. ”

The facts took place during a revolt of Black Lives Matter protesters (“black lives matter”). On August 23, 2020, in Kenosha, a white policeman shot an African-American man, Jacob Blake, seven times in the back following a call for domestic violence. The incident, filmed, triggers riots in the small lakeside town, sowing desolation, with dozens of cars set on fire and buildings in the city center ransacked, even destroyed. Two days later, Tuesday, white militias armed to the teeth go to the city center, according to them to protect the city and its property, ready to do battle with the demonstrators defenders of Jacob Blake.

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Despite the curfew imposed by the police, clashes broke out. Among the militiamen, a young police worshiper aged 17, Kyle Rittenhouse, arrives with his weapon, while he is not allowed to do so, under the eyes of the local police, who let him do it. The case led to chases, resulting in two deaths and one injured. The armed young man returns to the police, without being worried, and returns home quietly, before being arrested the next day. He was released on bail of $ 2 million (1.77 million euros) paid by radical right activists.

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Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal divides the United States