Kyle Rittenhouse has just been found not guilty on all charges in the Kenosha shooting case.
Rittenhouse was whisked out of the courthouse shortly following the decision. He can be seen grinning from ear-to-ear in the back of an SUV as the vehicle drives off … in a photo taken by The Sun.
President Biden just addressed the verdict, saying, “I stand by what the jury has concluded. The jury system works and we have to abide by it.”
Rittenhouse’s spokesperson, David Hancock, says now that the trial is over Kyle is going to go to college and try to live as normal a life as he possibly can.
He says Rittenhouse is going to study nursing at Arizona State University. Hancock also says Rittenhouse is a pragmatic young man and says the case was about self-defense, not politics or race.
Jacob Blake’s family watched as the verdict was read outside the courthouse, they showed little emotion while it was read and were interrupted by Rittenhouse supporters when they tried to give remarks.
The family of Anthony Huber tells us, “Today’s verdict means there is no accountability for the person who murdered our son. It sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street.”
The family continued, “Make no mistake: our fight to hold those responsible for Anthony’s death accountable continues in full force. Neither Mr. Rittenhouse nor the Kenosha police who authorized his bloody rampage will escape justice. Anthony will have his day in court.”
Rittenhouse was charged with first-degree intentional homicide (aka murder), 2 counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree reckless homicide and first-degree attempted intentional homicide … pertaining to the deaths of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum … as well as the maiming of Gaige Grosskreutz, who survived his shooting, respectively.
Rittenhouse choked back tears as the verdict was read.
It’s been a long 2 weeks and change of proceedings, with prosecutors for the State of Wisconsin trying to make their case … namely, that Rittenhouse was perceived as an active shooter that night, and that he did NOT have the right to use deadly force against protesters.
The prosecution also painted Rittenhouse as an underage John Wayne — he was just 17 at the time of the incident — who apparently thought he was entitled to patrol the streets of Kenosha in the aftermath of the Jacob Blake shooting … and who provoked and drew the ire of demonstrators by bringing along an AR-15 rifle.
That said … it would appear their characterization of things weren’t always holding up very well in front of the jury — as Rittenhouse’s defense team claimed their client only shot when he felt his life was in mortal danger, and only enough to neutralize threats he considered deadly in the moment. Based on the evidence, it seems the jury mostly agreed with that.
Another element that surely helped Rittenhouse … the fact that he and others testified to hearing Rosenbaum — the first person shot that night — threatening to kill KR and others in his patrol group … among other unruly behavior many claim he was engaged in that night.
Rittenhouse says he was eventually ambushed by Rosenbaum after losing track of his crew in the streets, and was then chased by him … until Kyle turned around and shot him. He claimed Rosenbaum lunged at his gun, and that he felt his safety was compromised.
While running away from that scene, he began to get chased anew by a crowd … with a few members getting their licks in by hitting him with a skateboard, kicking him while he was down … and approaching him with a handgun. Here, too, he claimed he feared for his life — and felt he needed to fire his rifle in what Rittenhouse’s team says was self-defense.
There were several key moments from the trial … including the Assistant D.A. Thomas Binger constantly getting scolded and rebuffed by Judge Bruce Schroeder — especially when Binger tried classifying Rittenhouse’s silence after his arrest as a sign of guilt … a big legal no-no.
Of course, there was also the moment Kyle himself took the stand in his own defense — during which he broke down and cried while recounting the shootings.
Binger pointing Rittenhouse’s actual gun at the jury during closing arguments was a highlight … which he seemed to do for dramatic effect in making his final point, but which also caught a lot of backlash for what many considered a reckless and unsafe demonstration.