Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict is in – Not Guilty

Written by on November 19, 2021

A US teenager who shot dead two men during racial justice protests has been cleared of homicide and all other charges after claiming self-defence.

Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, killed the men and wounded a third on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, on 25 August 2020.

During the high profile and politically divisive trial, his defence said he had feared for his life. Prosecutors argued he was looking for trouble that night.

National Guard troops have been sent to the city amid fears of unrest.

Mr Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and then wounded 27-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz. Mr Rittenhouse and the men he shot are all white.

He faced five charges, including intentional homicide, which carries a life sentence.

The two people killed were identified as 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum, of Kenosha, and 26-year-old Anthony Huber, of Silver Lake, Wisconsin.

Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, a protester from West Allis, was wounded.

His fate was decided by a 12-person jury composed of seven women and five men, who had spent more than three days deliberating.

Rittenhouse is white, as are the three men he shot. The case raised questions about racial justice, policing, firearms and white privilege that polarized people far outside Kenosha.

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