One of the most controversial and highly publicized trials in recent history has drawn to a close, with Kyle Rittenhouse being found not guilty on all counts.
18-year-old Rittenhouse shot and killed two men during protests in Kenosha on 25 August 2020.
The teenager always claimed he acted in self defense, and now he has been freed and cleared of all charges.
Sheriffs in Portland, Oregon declared a riot downtown after “violent, destructive behavior by a significant part of the crowd”.
To those gathered near the Justice Center: This gathering is a riot. All persons leave the area now. Travel to the west. Failure to adhere to this order may subject you to detention, citation and or arrest. You are subject to force to include pepper spray and impact weapons.
— PPB Event Messages (@PPBAlerts) November 20, 2021
A number of videos from Oregon have been uploaded to social media, showing tense scenes between police and angered members of the public.
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Breaking: Riots are ongoing in Portland, Oregon, after the Rittenhouse verdict. pic.twitter.com/lmRRlCj1fe
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After the unrest, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley called for any protests following the verdict to be peaceful.
“We ask that all members of the public accept the verdicts peacefully and not resort to violence,” he wrote in a statement on Friday.
Meanwhile, Tucker Carlson tweeted the trailer for a documentary about the trial, to be released next month.
The clip shows Rittenhouse speaking about the verdict in a car after leaving the courthouse.
“I believe they came to the correct verdict, and I’m glad everything went well.
“It’s been a rough journey, but we made it through it.
“We made it through the hard part.”
December. Tucker Carlson Originals. Fox Nation. pic.twitter.com/Pf8xOInARn
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) November 20, 2021
President Biden has spoken about his ‘anger’ at the verdict.
He said in a statement:
“I stand by what the jury has concluded. The jury system works and we have to abide by it.”
“While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken.”
The family of victim Anthony Huber, who was shot dead by Rittenhouse, have echoed the President’s sentiment.
Their statement reads:
“We are heartbroken and angry that Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted in his criminal trial for the murder of our son Anthony Huber. There was no justice today for Anthony, or for Mr Rittenhouse’s other victims, Joseph Rosenbaum and Gaige Grosskreutz.
“We did not attend the trial because we could not bear to sit in a courtroom and repeatedly watch videos of our son’s murder, and because we have been subjected to many hurtful and nasty comments in the past year. But we watched the trial closely, hoping it would bring us closure.
“That did not happen. Today’s verdict means there is no accountability for the person who murdered our son. It sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street. We hope that decent people will join us in forcefully rejecting that message and demanding more of our laws, our officials, and our justice system.”
Huber’s girlfriend, Hannah, says she feels sorry for Rittenhouse.
THE WORLD AWAITS: With a verdict in the #KyleRittenhouseTrial looming, I spoke with Hannah Gittings, girlfriend of #AnthonyHuber, the second man killed on Aug. 25, 2020.
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— Tony Atkins (@TonyAtkinsTV) November 17, 2021
‘I do have a lot of sympathy for this kid because he is just a kid to me so it was just like a really dumbass kid who unfortunately became the figurehead for this,’
The Black Lives Matter movement also expressed their dismay at the verdict, with one simple tweet.
#KyleRittenhouse found not guilty on all counts.
This is how the systems conspire to entrench #WhiteSupremacy.
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) November 19, 2021
One person to congratulate the teenager, however, was former President Donald Trump. In an email to his subscribers, Trump said:
‘Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse for being found INNOCENT of all charges,’ it read.
‘It’s called being found NOT GUILTY – and by the way, if that’s not self defence, nothing is! This trial was nothing more than a WITCH HUNT from the Radical Left. They want to PUNISH law-abiding citizens, including a CHILD, like Kyle Rittenhouse, for doing nothing more than following the LAW.’