/ 22 November 2021

Rittenhouse acquitted

Image source: Reuters
Image source: Reuters

It was the case where protests against racial violence in the US last year met America’s gun rights debate. Painted by conservatives as a hero and liberals as a dangerous vigilante, 18yo Kyle Rittenhouse killed 2 men and wounded 3rd when he shot them with an assault-style rifle on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August last year. His lawyers successfully argued that the then 17yo feared for his life and was entitled to defend himself. Prosecutors said he armed himself and was looking for trouble when he went to an area where Black Lives Matter protesters were demonstrating into the night. All of the men Rittenhouse shot were white. Soon after the verdict was revealed, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said a crew followed Rittenhouse and his legal team throughout the trial – that will go to air early this week. President Joe Biden said that the “jury system works, and we have to abide by it.”

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