First Reactions to Rittenhouse Verdict

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18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on all charges in the 2020 shooting of three men. Rittenhouse was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, which carries a life in prison sentence. The jury deliberated for more than three days, listening to the testimonies of 30 witnesses over a two week period reports CBS News.

On August 25, 2020, Rittenhouse testified that he went to Kenosha, Wisconsin during protests to protect local businesses and provide first aid. Rittenhouse was armed with an AR-15 style rifle. Two men Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber were shot dead. Rittenhouse’s attorney, Mark Richards, said that he fired in self-defense.

Following the verdict President Biden said, “I stand by what the jury has concluded. The jury system works and we have to abide by it.” On Twitter, Vice President Kamala Harris stated, “I’ve spent a majority of my career working to make our criminal justice system more equitable. It’s clear, there’s still a lot more work to do.

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