They acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old who killed two men during a Black Lives Matter protest

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source: www.theguardian.com

They acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old who killed two men during a Black Lives Matter protest in the US. A Wisconsin jury found him not guilty. The teenager had been charged with various charges, including intentional homicide. A Wisconsin jury found Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with murder two people during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, not guilty last year. After three and a half days of deliberation, he acquitted him of the five that weighed against him, including murder. Rittenhouse, now 18, faced charges of willful, reckless manslaughter, attempted murder, and reckless endangerment. On the day of the protest, she traveled to Kenosha, where her father lives, from the home she shares with her mother in Antioch, Illinois, a 30-minute drive away. In the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the jury had completed its third day of deliberations on Thursday without reaching a verdict. Therefore, the members of the jury returned on Friday morning to resume their work. However, unlike the days before, they had no questions or asked to review evidence in the case laden with political and racial implications. Rittenhouse, 18, was on trial for killing two men and wounding a third with a semi-automatic rifle during a stormy night of protests in the city of Kenosha in mid-2020, after a black man, Jacob Blake, was shot by a white police officer. The teenager who was 17 at the time shot and killed 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and 26-year-old Anthony Huber and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, 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 if it is convicted. In one of the requests, the judge was asked to go even further and prohibit 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 (black lives matter), has been widely publicized in the country, which was looking forward to a verdict. As a precaution, the Wisconsin governor asked 500 National Guard soldiers to be ready to intervene when the jury reported its decision. The jurors have been confronted with two very different readings of what happened. For the prosecution, Rittenhouse "provoked" the drama by heading on August 25, 2020, with a semi-automatic rifle to Kenosha. This town was mired in demonstrations against police excesses against an African-American. The defendant, who was 17 years old at the time, was a "tourist of chaos" who "sought excitement" and who "knowingly and willingly caused a dangerous situation," prosecutor Thomas Binger said Monday. On the other hand, the young man claims to have acted in legitimate defense after being attacked by protesters who, according to him, wanted to take his weapon. "I have not done anything wrong; I just defended myself," he said, in tears, before the jurors. Rittenhouse claimed that he traveled to the city to protect the buildings from looting and provide first aid. Instead, he ended up killing two people and wounding a third. He appeared free after those who supported him paid the bail of two million dollars in the process. The young man is currently a reference in certain right-wing circles. The significant mobilization against police violence in the summer of 2020 was the work of "anti-fascists" or "anarchists." On the contrary, Rittenhouse embodies the excesses of gun culture and the right to self-defense for the left. Joe Biden's statement "While the verdict in Kenosha will make many Americans angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken," US President Joe Biden said in a statement issued by the White House. "I made a promise to unite Americans because I believe that what unites us is much greater than what divides us. I know that we will not heal the wounds of our country overnight. Still, I remain steadfast in my commitment to do everything in my power to ensure that all Americans are treated equally, with justice and dignity, according to the law". And he concluded: "I urge everyone to express their opinions peacefully, by the rule of law. Violence and destruction of property have no place in our democracy. The White House and federal authorities have contacted Governor Evers' office to prepare for any outcome in this case. This afternoon, I spoke with the governor and offered him the support and assistance necessary to ensure public safety.