Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony EversFriday’s heartfelt condolences were sent to the families of those who died. Kyle Rittenhouse cut short — and called for peace and justice as residents “move forward … more motivated to build the future we want.”
Rittenhouse was 18 years old when he shot 2 unarmed men, killing one, and injuring another with an AR-15-style gun he had brought from Illinois. Rittenhouse also injured the third victim using the AR-15-style gun. Jacob Blake.
Evers acknowledged the victims of the shooting at first.
“No verdict will be able to bring back the lives of Anthony Huber Joseph RosenbaumYou can also heal Gaige Grosskreutz’s injuries, just as no verdict can heal the wounds or trauma experienced by Jacob Blake and his family,” Evers said.
“No ruling today changes our reality in Wisconsin that we have work to do toward equity, accountability, and justice that communities across our state are demanding and deserve,” he added.
He also pleaded that everyone choosing to “assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights … do so safely and peacefully.”
Evers added: “We must remain steadfast in our commitment to ending violence in our communities, supporting victims and survivors as they heal from trauma, and rooting out the disparities that are so often inextricably linked to that violence and trauma.”
He concluded: “We must be unwavering in our promise to build a state where every kid, person, and family can live their life free of violence and have every chance to be successful.”
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D), who is running for the U.S. Senate, slammed Rittenhouse’s acquittal.
“We have seen so many black and brown youth killed, only to be put on trial posthumously, while the innocence of Kyle Rittenhouse was virtually demanded by the judge,” he said in a statement.
The state’s Republican speaker of the House, Robin Vos, said the verdict had proven “our justice system works” — and called for peace.