Great day for freedom and an individuals right to self defense.
Kyle 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 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.
The Rittenhouse case garnered national attention from the beginning, a reflection of the country's division over race, guns and politics.
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.
The Illinois teen took the stand in his own defense during a tense and emotional trial, telling the jury last week: “I didn’t do anything wrong."