Acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, who killed two anti-racist protesters: America divided

the essential Joe Biden declared himself “worried and angry” after the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, a young man on trial for the murder of two anti-racist activists. Jurors recognized self-defense.

The young American Kyle Rittenhouse, who killed two people on the sidelines of anti-racist protests in 2020 in Kenosha, was acquitted on Friday 19 November at the end of his trial. Twelve jurors in a Wisconsin state court declared him “not guilty.”

The young white man of 18, who faced life imprisonment, had pleaded self-defense. Upon reading the verdict, he broke down in tears before quickly leaving the courtroom. Outside, cries of joy from his supporters rang out.

Democratic President Joe Biden said he was “worried and angry” but called on Americans to respect the jury’s decision. Former President Donald Trump, who had already publicly defended Kyle Rittenhouse after the fact, for his part welcomed this acquittal. Across the country, protests against the verdict have taken place, including in Chicago and New York. In Portland, they turned into a clash with the police.

“I didn’t do anything wrong”

On 23 August 2020, when the United States was crossed by giant demonstrations against racism and police violence, the Kenosha town was on fire after a smash hit against an African American. So

aged 17 years old, Kyle Rittenhouse had joined armed groups came to “” protect “the businesses. Under confusing circumstances, he opened fire, killing two men and wounding a third.

“I didn’t do anything wrong, I just defended myself,” he pleaded, in tears, claiming to have fired after being chased by these three men – all white like him. The accused was “a tourist of chaos” who “sought excitement” and who put himself in difficulty, had for his part estimated the prosecutor in his indictment. He was not followed by the popular jury.

Self-defense “is not illegal”

“The jury came to the right verdict: self-defense is not illegal (…) It was a difficult journey but we did it. We did the hardest part”, launched on Fox News Kyle Rittenhouse , who has become the muse of part of the American right.

As a foretaste of this interview with the young man of 18, who is due to go on Monday evening, the Conservatives’ favorite channel broadcast extracts in which he appears visibly relieved, in a car driving him back from court. Other passages dwell on the nightmares Kyle Rittenhouse says he is a victim of today.

A spokesperson for the Rittenhouse family, David Hancock, then said they were moved to an undisclosed location. “They are doing well right now, they are in an undisclosed place, they are a family and everyone is thrilled,” he told CBS.

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