On Friday night, protesters assembled outside of the Kenosha courthouse in Wisconsin. A jury found Kyle Rittenhouse innocent on all charges. They participated in peaceful demonstrations which were both tense and ultimately nonviolent.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) had put 500 National Guard troops on notice ahead of the verdict in an attempt to discourage a repeat of last year’s unrest as Americans took to the streets to protest police brutality.
Rittenhouse, who was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and killed two people, inflicted another injury last summer as part of racial justice demonstrations held in Lakeside City over the shooting death of Jacob Blake (a Black man). (Blake was not injured after being shot in the back seven times. Rittenhouse, 17, drove into Kenosha as a way to protect infrastructure in the area.
He was acquitted on five charges Friday afternoonThis includes first-degree reckless murder. Rittenhouse’s self-defense claim apparently resonated with the 12 jurors.
His supporters, who mainly hail from the political left, confronted his opponents outside Kenosha’s courthouse. according to The Daily Beast.
Rittenhouse’s critics generally appeared to expect the acquittal. There were a few protests in other parts of the country over Rittenhouse’s controversial verdict.
Portland police declared a riot after a crowd of between 100 and 200 demonstrators gathered in front of a downtown courthouse, broke windows nearby, and vandalized other buildings. local news outlets reported. Portland CBS affiliate KOIN reported that one person was taken into police custody reported.
New Yorkers rallied outside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. This was where large-scale demonstrations of racial justice took place last summer. Hundreds reportedly marched from the venue to the Brooklyn BridgeThis connects the borough to Manhattan. They took a knee for victims of police brutality.