- Kyle Rittenhouse, a young man who killed two people in protests for George Floyd, was seen leaving the Kenosha court “smiling” after an unexpected verdict.
- This Friday, the grand jury delivered its final verdict on the charges against Kyle Rittenhouse.
- The young man listened attentively and fell to the floor crying, and then ended up hugging one of his lawyers next to him.
WITHOUT REMORSE? Kyle Rittenhouse, a young man who killed two people in protests for George Floyd, was caught “smiling” as he was leaving the Kenosha court after an unexpected verdict. Meanwhile, hundreds of people protest against the jury’s final decision.
This Friday, the grand jury offered its final verdict on the charges against Kyle Rittenhouse. Apparently, the young man liked the decision because he was caught smiling as he left the court aboard a black Chevrolet Equinox.
Kyle Rittenhouse left the court “smiling” after the unexpected verdict
When it was time to read the verdict, the young man stood up. A representative of the jury stood up and declared Kyle Rittenhouse NOT GUILTY of all charges against him.
Rittenhouse, 18, claimed self-defense amid the heated demonstrations, which was enough to convince the jury to acquit him of all charges. The young man listened attentively and fell to the ground crying. He then ended up hugging one of his lawyers next to him.
Did Rittenhouse mock or smile at freedom?
The shock and tears on Kyle’s face did not last long. Minutes later, he was photographed smiling by The Sun as he walked out of the court on Friday. The young man, found not guilty of killing two people, drove off in the back seat of a black Chevrolet Equinox as a free man. See the image here.
Kyle Rittenhouse had been charged with five counts, including murder, attempted murder, and reckless endangerment. In the summer of 2020, two people were killed and a third was injured when the young man opened fire with an AR-style semiautomatic rifle at a crowd protesting police violence against African Americans.
A problem of racism?
Rittenhouse, a former youth police cadet, could have been sentenced to life in prison if the jury found him guilty of first-degree manslaughter, the most serious charge he faced. The story ended differently, and he was completely free.
The case of the young white man was deliberated for three and a half days by a jury with a white majority. As expected, the decision generated discontent in the African-American community, which considered Rittenhouse guilty and hoped that justice would be served for the deaths of the two men.
“I defended myself”
During the trial, Rittenhouse claimed self-defense. In his statement to the jury, he said: “I did nothing wrong. I defended myself.” The young man sobbed as he told his version of the story. He said he shot Joseph Rosenbaum (one of the victims) because the latter chased him and tried taking his gun. The young man added that he was afraid that his rifle would be taken from him and used to kill him.
He also recalled that Anthony Huber (the second victim) had hit him on the head and neck with a skateboard before he shot him. He then shot Gaige Grosskreutz after the victim drew his pistol and pointed it at Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse based his defense on this story, which was supported by a video.
Demonstrations and discontent
Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder, who presided over the trial against Rittenhouse, told the jurors that the court would take “all steps” to ensure their safety. The final verdict enraged hundreds of citizens and some leaders who considered the decision unfair.
“Over the past few weeks, many have feared the outcome that we just witnessed,” said Mandela Barnes, Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor, who is black. According to Barnes, “The presumption of innocence until proven guilty is what we should expect from our judicial system, but that standard does not always apply equally.” He added, “We have seen so many young black and brown men murdered, only to be tried posthumously, while the judge virtually demanded the innocence of Kyle Rittenhouse.”
Kamala Harris: “More work to do”
“Today’s verdict speaks for itself,” Vice President Kamala Harris said of the decision in the Rittenhouse case. “I’ve spent a majority of my career working to make our criminal justice system more equitable. It’s clear, there’s still a lot more work to do,” she posted on Facebook.
The decision also ends up complicating the political landscape for President Biden. He now finds himself caught between Democrats outraged by the “unfair” decision and Republicans seeking to exploit the Rittenhouse issue to delve into issues of racial injustice.
Biden vs. Trump
Kamala Harris expressed discomfort with the final jury decision. On the other hand, President Trump defended the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse just a week after the young man killed two protesters and injured another during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
During a press conference at the White House, when he was still in office, Trump refused to convict Kyle Rittenhouse, who showed up in Kenosha on August 25, armed with an assault rifle to patrol with a group of armed militiamen, which resulted in two protesters dying and a third being injured.
“We are evaluating that, but you saw the same video as me and he was trying to get away from them (the protesters), I guess, and he fell and they attacked him very violently. They probably would have killed him,” Trump responded to the question of why he doesn’t convict Rittenhouse.
Protests broke out in Kenosha in 2020 after a white police officer fired seven shots at African-American Jacob Blake, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. George Floyd’s story also added fuel to the fire of demonstrations against the police bias against African Americans.
A video in Rittenhouse’s defense
A video of the incident shows Kyle Rittenhouse running into a Kenosha parking lot, pursued by a 36-year-old white man identified as Joseph Rosenbaum, who threw what appears to be a plastic bag but failed to hit the teenager, who later shot him at least five times, killing him. Rittenhouse was on the run as protesters demanded to arrest him because he had shot Rosenbaum, at which point the teenager fell and then pointed the rifle at those who were pursuing him, who tried to disarm him.
One of the protesters, 26-year-old white man Anthony Huber, tried to hit Rittenhouse with his skateboard to take the gun from him. However, the teenager shot him in the chest and killed him. He then wounded a third protester, Gaige Grosskreutz, in the arm. According to court documents, Grosskreutz was carrying a pistol. Kyle Rittenhouse leaves the court smiling after the unexpected verdict.
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