USA. Teenager who killed Kenosha rioters acquitted

Rittenhouse was acquitted of all five charges against him. Upon hearing the verdict, the 18-year-old collapsed into a chair, struggling to hold back tears.

The trial of the defendant, which had been going on for over a week, was all the time one of the main topics in the American media and it caused great emotions. The case concerned riots in Kenosha last year in response to the police shooting of black Jacob Blake, shortly after the murder of George Floyd.

17-year-old Rittenhouse, who lives in the neighboring state of Illinois, went to the site with an AR-15 rifle, wanting – as he explained – to defend local businesses from rioters. The video material presented during the trial showed that when he aimed the rifle at a group of protesters, they started chasing him. The moment one of them, Joseph Rosenbaum, was close, Rittenhouse fired three shots, killing him. In subsequent clashes, he killed another man and wounded another.

The teenager’s defense attorneys – and he himself, as a witness – argued that he was acting in self-defense, fearing that the attackers would take his gun and kill him. Prosecutors argued that if someone initiates tensions by pointing a gun at another, unarmed person, he has no right to plead self-defense.

The Rittenhouse Process. Great emotions in the American media

The Rittenhouse trial was closely followed by American television and was highly emotional. Liberal commentators and politicians accused the judge conducting the trial of partiality and demanded the sentencing of the teenager, while some right-wing politicians praised his attitude. Democrat Congressman Hakeem Jeffries called to “lock up Rittenhouse and throw away the key,” and Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz publicly offered him an internship in his office.

Supporters of both sides also demonstrated in the Kenosha court in recent days. On Wednesday, there were clashes and detention of two people. The court then strengthened its security measures.

We are glad that you are with us. Subscribe to the Onet newsletter to receive the most valuable content from us

About Banner Leon

Videogames entered his life in the late '80s, at the time of the first meeting with Super Mario Bros, and even today they make it a permanent part, after almost 30 years. Pros and defects: he manages to finish Super Mario Bros in less than 5 minutes but he has never finished Final Fight with a credit ... he's still trying.

Check Also

“Concessions don’t lead to anything good.” Płażyński on the politics of the West

On Tuesday afternoon it came to US President Joe Biden talks with the leader of …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *