A jury in Kenosha Wisconsin has found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty of all charges in his double homicide trial.
The 18-year-old always maintained he killed two men and injured a third in self defense in the summer of 2020 protests and riots organized by Black Lives Matter in Kenosha.
The prosecution’s attorney (photo above, pointing an assault rifle at jury members during the trial) argued Rittenhouse went to the city to provoke violence, but his argument failed to sway the jury. He pushed for conviction on first degree homicide and intentional homicide, but did not have the evidence to win a conviction.
The men Rittenhouse shot, had threatened Rittenhouse, attacked him from behind, and grabbed his gun, and defense attorneys were able to win their argument of self-defense.
Rittenhouse, who was 17 years old when he showed up for the protest with an assault rifle, is 18 now.
He is white.
The 3 men he shot, including the 2 who died, were white.
Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger holds Kyle Rittenhouse’s gun as he gives the state’s closing argument in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha, last year. (Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, Pool) Use locally Nov 19th 2021