KENOSHA, WI – A Wisconsin jury found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all charges after the teen shot & killed two people protecting himself during a riot and left-wing activitists have threatened violent protests in response.
According to reports, Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges against him Friday, including intentional homicide – the most serious of five charges against him in a case that largely divided America along political and racial lines more than a year after he shot three men during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Rittenhouse stood before the jury as the verdict was read. As each not guilty verdict was read, Rittenhouse started to cry. By the last verdict, he appeared to collapse. He was helped up and given water. Rittenhouse then hugged one of his attorneys.
Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz during often violent protests in the summer of 2020 following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse, 17 at the time, faced charges ranging from intentional homicide to reckless and attempted homicide.
Reactions to the trial were just as politicized, and earlier this week, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers authorized the deployment of 500 national guard troops to Kenosha to be on standby ahead of the verdict.
This is a developing story.