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American Kyle Rittenhouse, who killed two anti-racist protesters, acquitted

2021-11-19T19:28:43.279Z

The young American Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot dead two people and injured a third on the sidelines of anti-racist protests in August 2020 ...



The young American Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot dead two people and injured a third on the sidelines of anti-racist protests in August 2020 in Kenosha, was acquitted on Friday, November 19 after a well-attended trial in the United States.

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Twelve jurors in a Wisconsin state court declared him "

not guilty

" of the five charges against him, including murders, on the fourth day of their deliberations. The 18-year-old white man, who faced life imprisonment, had pleaded self-defense. Upon reading the verdict, he broke down in tears before quickly leaving the courtroom.

His trial exposed American society's fractures over guns, the right to self-defense, and the anti-racist movement Black Lives Matter (Black Lives Matter), and the verdict has, unsurprisingly, prompted backlash from others. antipodes.

New York Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio blasted a “

denial of justice

”, while Republican Congresswoman Mary Miller tweeted: “

God bless America

”.

To avoid possible overflows, the governor of Wisconsin has asked 500 National Guard soldiers to stand ready to intervene in Kenosha.

"

I just defended myself

"

On August 23, 2020, this city in the Great Lakes region was set on fire after a police blunder against an African-American. Then aged 17, Kyle Rittenhouse had equipped himself with a semi-automatic rifle and had joined armed groups who had come to “

protect

” the businesses. Under confusing circumstances, he opened fire, killing two men and wounding a third.

"

I did nothing wrong, I just defended myself

", he pleaded, in tears, during his trial, assuring to have fired after being chased and attacked by these three men - all white like him. The accused was "

a tourist of chaos

" who "

sought excitement

" and "

voluntarily and knowingly put himself in a dangerous situation

", retorted prosecutor Thomas Binger in his indictment. Kyle Rittenhouse appeared free, supporters having paid the $ 2 million bail. The young man has indeed become a muse in certain right-wing circles for whom the great mobilization against police violence in the summer of 2020 was the work of"

Antifas

" or "

anarchists

”.

Read alsoTwo anti-racist protesters killed in Kenosha: the trial opens in the United States

Conversely, on the left, he embodies the excesses of the culture of arms and the right to self-defense.

On Twitter, the Black Lives Matter movement stressed that it was not surprised by the verdict.

"

The system works exactly as it's supposed to ... to protect white supremacy

."

"

It illustrates the urgent need for reform of the justice system and of our broken penal system,

" added Shaadie Ali, a representative of the powerful civil rights organization ACLU.

Source: lefigaro

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