KENOSHA, Wisconsin — Hours after Kyle Rittenhouse went for a free walk Friday, tensions began to simmer outside the courthouse, where a jury decided to acquit him of all charges in the shooting that killed him. two men at political protests last year.
Those who applauded the verdict held up placards reading “Free Kyle” as they railed against protesters with the words “No justice!” signed, and at least one arrest was made when a small protest began to turn into a shouting match. When police arrived to disperse the crowd, protesters surrounded their cars, with one protester chanting, “I’m so upset! I’m so upset!”
Politicians across Wisconsin have urged the Kenosha community to keep the peace regardless of how they feel about the grand jury’s decision, and by the end of Friday, it appeared the city had largely avoided the situation. unrest that many fear will erupt.
But it was clear that the city was broken by this decision.
“My country confuses me and makes me sad,” Madison resident Frieda Schowalter told The Daily Beast. She arrived at the Kenosha courthouse with a sign paying tribute to the men shot by Rittenhouse, with their portraits along with the caption “murder victims.”
“I feel really sad, I understand why they were at the rally because I myself am really passionate about justice and so I can be them. Those could be my kids,” she said.
“If Kyle Rittenhouse was here to protect the property, then Joseph would [Rosenbaum], Anthony [Huber]or Gaige [Grosskreutz] Break a window or steal something? Are not. They did not. “
Grosskreutz was the only one of the three shot by Rittenhouse to survive. All three are attending protests demanding racial justice over the police shooting death of Jacob Blake; Rittenhouse, armed with an AR-15, said he was there to protect the property from looters and rioters. The jury ultimately declared that he shot the three men in self-defense when the protest spiraled out of control. Prosecutors — and critics of Friday’s ruling — have said that Rittenhouse is little more than a fun, trouble-seeking teenage vigilante.
But many protesters in Kenosha who turned in support of Rittenhouse on Friday said they welcomed the correct ruling because they see it as a Second Amendment defense.
Logan Wolf, 20, a Green Bay resident, said: “I watched the verdict and was delighted he was released. “I believe it’s a right to self-defense… Having a Second Amendment right and our right to own guns is our right,” he said.
For those outraged by the ruling, the jury’s decision points to a much deeper and more disturbing political reality – one where Rittenhouse killed two men because he was a young man of skin. White shares the same far-right views as those in power. .
Alexandra Wilburn, daughter of Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Ross Wilburn, said she was attending the rally to protest white supremacy.
She was arrested for writing a message outside of court but dropped it after being fined $700. Wilburn called her arrest a “show of force” aimed at stopping “peaceful protests against white supremacists”.
Protests against Friday’s ruling are not limited to Kenosha. Larger protests broke out in New York City and Chicago, where protesters marched against the ruling’s racial impact. Portland police declared a riot as hundreds of protesters took to the streets, some of whom allegedly threw objects at officers.
Columbus, Ohio, also faced a protest, with about 100 people marching to the state to protest the ruling. ONE video posted to twitter of The Lantern, the student-run newspaper at Ohio State University, showed the group chanting “indict, convict, put the killer in jail.”
The racial element in Friday’s ruling was also echoed by Black Lives Matter, which was released a statement on Twitter condemned the justice system itself for the jury’s decision without mentioning Rittenhouse’s name. “Reminder: the system is working exactly as it was intended,” the statement read. “The system has always been about protecting and upholding white supremacy.”
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