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Jury acquits US teen who killed two people in protest

U.S.A.Jury acquits US teen who killed two people in...

Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Kenosha, United States, November 18, 2021. Shawn Krajasic/Reuters via Poole

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Kenosha, Wis., Nov. 19 (Reuters) – A jury has acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges related to the shooting in which he killed two people and wounded a third with a semi-automatic rifle during a chaotic racial justice protest. in Wisconsin in 2020, as the teen is believed to have acted in self-defense.

A 12-member jury convicted 18-year-old Rittenhouse of two counts of murder, one count of attempt to murder, and negligently endangering safety during street protests during a fire, rioting and looting on August 25, 2020. Did not get. Kenosha K-class city.

Rittenhouse burst into tears after the verdict, which came shortly after the judge warned the courtroom that he should keep quiet or be evicted.

The teenager’s trial polarized the United States, highlighting deep divisions in society around controversial issues such as gun rights.

Rittenhouse shot and killed 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and 26-year-old Anthony Huber, and the bullets fired by them broke a part of 28-year-old Gage Grosskretz’s arm.

Coming to its decision after more than three days of deliberation, the jury had to grapple with the accounts of the defense and the prosecution, which offered very different accounts of the teenager’s actions on the night of the shooting.

The defense argued that Rittenhouse was repeatedly attacked and fired for fearing for his life. He claimed that he was a civilian-minded teenager who went to Kenosha to protect private property after several nights of riots in the city south of Milwaukee.

The riots broke out after police shot a black man named Jacob Blake, who was paralyzed from the waist down.

Prosecutors portray Rittenhouse as a reckless vigilante who instigated violent encounters and showed no remorse for the men he shot with his AR-15-style rifle.

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Tested daily by cable television experts, live broadcasts and analysis took place at a time of social and political polarization in the United States.

Rittenhouse, who testified that he had no choice but to open fire to defend himself, is seen as a hero by some conservatives who favor the expansion of gun rights and believe the shooting was justified.

Many on the left see Rittenhouse as a vigilante and the embodiment of a runaway American gun culture.

Protests against racism and police brutality turned violent in several cities across the United States following the death of black civilian George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis three months before the Kenosha shooting.

Rittenhouse’s gun was loaded with 30 cartridges of full metal jacket bullets, which are designed to hit their targets. The jury watched a series of graphic videos, including moments after Rittenhouse shot Rosenbaum four times, who was motionless, bleeding and moaning.

Another video shows Grosskretz screaming and bleeding from his arm.

Rittenhouse testified in his defense last Wednesday in the most dramatic moment of the trial, a risky decision by his lawyers given his youth and the prospect of harsher questioning from prosecutors. Rittenhouse burst into tears at one point, but insisted that she only shoot the men after they attacked.

“I did what I had to do to stop the person who was attacking me,” he said.

Rittenhouse testified that he shot Huber after hitting him with a skateboard and drew his weapon, and that he shot Grosskretz when he pointed the pistol he was carrying, a claim Grosskretz questioned by the defense. accepted under.

(Reported by Nathan Layne in Kenosha, Wisconsin; Edited in Spanish by Javier López de Lerida)

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