World Protests erupt from New York to California after Rittenhouse acquitted on all charges
Kyle Rittenhouse trial: Did Rittenhouse need to testify?
During opening statements earlier this month, Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense attorney indicated his client would be testifying about the events that led to his murder trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin, court. Rittenhouse did just that on Wednesday morning. Witnesses have taken the stand and provided testimony that has been beneficial to Rittenhouse’s self-defense argument, raising the question of whether Rittenhouse’s own testimony was needed. Defense attorneys would typically encourage their clients to testify in self-defense cases.
erupted in major cities across the U.S. on Friday evening into early Saturday morning after a Kenosha, , court acquitted of all charges against him.
A 12-person jury on Friday afternoon found Rittenhouse not guilty on five charges, including first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide after he shot three people during riots that took place in Kenosha in August 2020, following theJacob Blake.
The verdict has sparked debate over gun laws, vigilante laws and criminal justice as it relates to race.
Kyle Rittenhouse trial: What is the self-defense law?
Kyle Rittenhouse took the witness stand Wednesday as he argued he fired in self-defense when he shot three people in August 2020 during demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin that broke over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse, 18, has argued the men had attacked him. To win an acquittal on self-defense, he must show he reasonably feared for his life and used an appropriate amount of force. His testimony was the best way to give jurors insight into what he was thinking, legal observers say, but it exposed him to prosecutors’ cross-examination.
In Portland, Oregon, police declared a riot in the downtown area after a protest verdict became violent and destructive near the Multnomah County Justice Center, authorities said.
Rioters smashed the window of a city print shop, the near window of a police vehicle and vandalized the Bureau's precinct downtown.
Police made one arrest and issued five citations and 17 warnings before "the destructive crowd…dissipated" by Saturday morning, the Portland Police Bureau's said in a Saturday morning tweet.
Thieves in Chicago reportedly targeted astore on 's Magnificent Mile and a GameStop on the South Side on Friday night as protesters took the streets, according to police.
Rittenhouse’s Mom Praises ‘Very Fair’ Judge in Son’s Case: He ‘Doesn’t Allow No Nonsense!’
Wendy Rittenhouse, mother of accused murder Kyle Rittenhouse, heaped praise on the judge overseeing her son’s case on Thursday night, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity that Judge Bruce Schroeder has been “very fair” and “doesn’t allow no nonsense” in his courtroom. The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused of murdering two people and trying to kill a third person during the violent Kenosha protests last year, has been marked by Schroeder repeatedly admonishing the prosecution for its tactics. The judge has also weighed tossing the whole case out on a mistrial with prejudice, which would prevent prosecutors from refiling charges against Rittenhouse.
At Neiman Marcus, a group of 15 men reportedly rushed into the department store and left in three vehicles with their stolen merchandise, though police would not say whether thefts were related to protests, FOX 32 Chicago first.
"Multiple offenders pulled up in 2-3 vehicle[s], they exited the vehicle and entered a retail store taking large amounts of merchandise," the Chicago Police Department said in a statement of the Nieman Marcus theft. "The offenders then fled in a vehicle. No offenders in custody Area three detectives are investigating."
An "unknown" amount of merchandise was stolen from the GameStop store, and police do not have any offenders in their custody as of Saturday morning, according to the department.
The theft incidents are under investigation.
Hundreds ofmarched across ’s Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan on Friday night, blocking traffic after the verdict.
Kyle Rittenhouse’s former lawyer predicted weapons charge dismissal a year ago in politically charged case
Kyle Rittenhouse’s future went to the 12-person jury Tuesday – in a case whose outcome has local residents bracing for the chance of renewed protests and Americans from coast to coast watching closely.John Pierce, a lawyer who previously represented Rittenhouse but no longer does, said he believes the prosecution has a weak, politically motivated case aimed at making a point rather than serving justice.
At one point, the protesters took a knee and held a moment of silence on the bridge in deference to— the two men Rittenhouse fatally shot last year.
In Queens, at least five people were arrested for property damage.
Video: New York protesters march after Rittenhouse acquitted (Reuters)
Demonstrators carrying Palestinian flags appeared to be leading the group of protesters in Brooklyn in videos and photos posted on social media.
"The NYPD takes its responsibility to protect the 1st amendment rights of peaceful demonstrators seriously," the department wrote on Twitter. "Just as important is the safety of NYers & the protection of property from people breaking the law in the name of protest. As seen tonight in Queens, they will be arrested."
The NYPD tweetedof a smashed windshield and graffiti on the back of someone's vehicle that said: "F--- you."
In Oakland, California, about 100 people attended a peaceful protestPT, according to local reports.
Rittenhouse lawyers ask judge to declare mistrial over video
The defence says video the prosecution alleges shows Rittenhouse raising his gun should not be allowed.Rittenhouse, 18, is charged with killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and attempted homicide in the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, 28, during a chaotic night in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, 2020. The protests that night – marred by arson, rioting and looting – followed the police shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake, who was left paralyzed from the waist down.
The protest took place downtown, with some demonstrators carrying signs labeling Rittenhouse as "guilty" and calling on the Department of Justice to examine the Rittenhouse case, according toSan Francisco.
Other peaceful protests took place in.
Six suspects were arrested in San Francisco on Friday night, accused of leaving a Louis Vuitton store in the city’s Union Squaredistrict "emptied out," according to a report.
It is unclear if the thefts were related to any kind of protests
At 8:10 pm @SFPD responded to possible looting and vandalism to retail establishments in Union Square. Multiple suspects were arrested. Addtl @SFPD responding to area to address criminal acts," San Francisco Police Department Public Information Officer Robert Reuca said in an early Saturday morning tweet. "Anyone with info is asked to contact SFPD at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411."
Other high-end, including Fendi and Yves Saint Laurent, also were struck, of the Bay Area reported.
Although several suspects initially got away, police did "great work" in ultimately apprehending six suspects, District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin told the outlet.
The Rittenhouse Trial Could Never Have Been What Americans Wanted
Even a guilty verdict would not have answered the questions the case had come to symbolize.The trial was inevitably a media circus, spurring intense criticism of the judge and prosecutors from commentators across the political spectrum. Much of that attention offered little insight, and sidestepped the point. The predicament of the Rittenhouse trial is that it could never do what many Americans, especially on the left, wanted. It couldn’t produce a plain answer as to whether Rittenhouse was a hero or a villain. It couldn’t say something about the state of race relations in America.
A small group of protesters stood outside the Kenosha courthouse where Rittenhouse was acquitted Friday night and chanted anti-police slogans, according to Fox News reporters at the scene.
A number of local businesses boarded up their doors and closed early for the night, but demonstrations remained peaceful.
Demonstrations outside the courthouse have been ongoing since early this week when the jury began deliberations.
Members of local Boston activist groups gathered for a relatively small protest in the New England city Friday night.
Oneposted to Twitter by activist group "Solidarity Against Hate - Boston" called for "justice for Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum" and told demonstrators to "wear black."
More protests are scheduled between Saturday and Monday in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New Orleans, San Jose, Honolulu and other cities, as well as various Wisconsin towns including Oshkosh and Traverse City, according to Facebook events.
Many Democratic, left-leaning , and claimed his acquittal highlights a justice system that is biased toward white people, while and right-leaning pundits praised the verdict as an example of a working justice system.
The 18-year-old's attorneys argued during his trial that he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot Rosenbaum and Huber and wounded.
Fox News' Brie Stimson and Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.
Kyle Rittenhouse and the scary future of the American right .
The verdict exposed a disturbing point of agreement between violent militias and the GOP.Immediately after Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal on Friday, the fringe right’s online forums lit up with celebration — and among some, a belief that they too can kill without legal consequence. On Telegram, a secure messaging app popular with extremists, the leader of a neo-Nazi group wrote that the verdict gives “good Americans legal precedent and license to kill violent commies without worrying about doing life in prison if we defend ourselves in a riot.