Kyle Rittenhouse: Calls for calm after US teen cleared of murder

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Kyle Rittenhouse verdict sees protests in Kenosha, New York and Portland.

There were calls for calm in the United States after a teenager who shot and killed two people in a racial riot last year was acquitted of all charges. Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, argued that he was acting in self-defense when he shot the men and wounded a third in Wisconsin. Friday’s verdict, following a high-profile trial that divided the United States, sparked protests in some cities, but politicians, including President Joe Biden, and the victims’ families have called for restraint.

“What we need now is justice, nothing more. Not anymore Violence,” said the lawyers for the von Gaige Großkreutz family, who were shot and wounded by Rittenhouse. House: Despite calls for silence, police rioted in the city of Portland, Oregon Friday night when about 200 people broke windows and threw objects. There were protests in Chicago and New York, too, but relatively few. and compared to the widespread unrest the US had seen before.

ANALYSIS: Why the Kyle Rittenhouse case divides the US profile so much background: When can you shoot for self-defense? Rittenhouse said he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot and wounded Großkreutz, 28, in the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020. The teenager and the men he shot are all white, however the incident took place during violent protests against the shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white police officer. Jacob Blake’s uncle was out of court when the sentence was passed. “We will keep fighting and we will carry on in peace. Let freedom ring,” said Justin Blake.

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