As Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty Friday on all charges against him, including intentional homicide,  emotions rippled across the nation and the world. 

The verdict unleashed debates across the country; some people were outraged over the lack of justice, citing the role of white privilege, while others praised the upholding of the Second Amendment. 

Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz in a summer 2020 protest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse, 17 at the time, faced charges including intentional homicide to attempted homicide. 

Anthony Huber’s parents, Karen Bloom and John Huber, said they were heartbroken and angry over the verdict, which they said did not deliver justice for any of Rittenhouse’s victims. 

“…Today’s verdict means there is no accountability for the person who murdered our son. It is a clear message to the world that anyone can incite violence and use the situation they create as a justification for shooting innocent people. The statement stated that we hope good people will support us and reject that message. They also demand more respect from our law enforcement officials and justice system.

Justin Blake, Jacob Blake’s uncle, stated that the verdict is an example of inherit racism in the city.

Blake said to reporters, “This city is very racist. It’s been demonstrated through and through.” 

Verdict:Kyle Rittenhouse reacts to the jury’s decision not to guilty verdict

Politicians also shared their thoughts on the outcome via social media, with Democrats calling out a lacking justice system and “alarming” new precedent. 

“A system that legitimizes vigilante murder is deeply broken,” said U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore of Milwaukee in a tweet. 

Wisconsin Sen. Kelda Roys of Madison said in a tweet that the verdict was “devastating.” 

“The fix seemed in from the beginning, given the judge’s blatant and inappropriate bias for the defense,” she said. “Even if (people) buy that throwing a plastic bag requires ‘self defense’ with an AR-15, Rittenhouse broke multiple other laws and should have served years in prison.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton, the National Action Network and Rev.

“This verdict was not only outrageous and dangerous, it was also an obvious signal that encourages and notifies “vigilantes” that they can continue to use violence to assert their power, and more importantly that they are above the criminal justice system when they do. It is disappointing that we make one small step and then take several more, but it should serve as a reminder that activism can’t be ignored.” 

Justin Blake advocates the conviction of Kyle Rittenhouse at the Kenosha County Courthouse Tuesday, November 16, 2021 in Kenosha, Wis. Rittenhouse is charged with homicide and attempted homicide in the Aug. 25, 2020 fatal shootings of two people and the wounding of a third during unrest in Kenosha that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake. His attorneys say he acted in self defense. Blake is the uncle of Jacob Blake.

Republicans were proud of the justice that was delivered by the courts.

Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was present at the weigh-in TwitterAccording to them, people who had seen the Kenosha events last year knew that it would happen. 

He said, “Thankfully the jury believed the same.” Pray that this kind of violence does not occur again. 

Rebecca Kleefisch, a Republican candidate for governor of Wisconsin, shared a similar sentiment. 

In a tweet, she stated that “our justice system worked today.” “The Kyle Rittenhouse prosecution was an absolute disgrace. They praised the mob who set fire to our streets and called them heroes.

Ron Johnson, Republican U.S. Senator from the USA also stated in an Tweet that justice had been served. 

He stated, “I trust everyone will accept this verdict. Keep calm and let Kenosha recover and rebuild.” 

Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi hugs Kyle Rittenhouse after a verdict of not guilty is read in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisc. on Nov. 19, 2021. Rittenhouse faced charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide stemming from shootings during a violent night of protest over police brutality and racial justice in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2020.

Civil liberties and gun prevention organizations are also hitting back against the verdict. Shaadie Ali is the interim executive director of American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin. He said that the events of Kenosha are rooted in white supremacy.

“But Kyle Rittenhouse isn’t the only one responsible for the deaths that night. The events in Kenosha stem from the deep roots of white supremacy in our society’s institutions. “They emphasize that police don’t protect communities of colour in the same manner they protect white people,” Ali said.

March For Our Lives asked Rittenhouse about his AR-15 rifle and stated that guns always produce violence.

“It it so very clear that Kyle Rittenhouse embodies the very danger posed by a toxic mix of a white supremacist culture that values property over human life, and wide proliferation of high-powered guns with fewer limits than a drivers license,”  March For Our Lives said on Twitter.



Source: USAToday.com

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