His innocence angered Americans.. A video of his killing of the crowd is still present

More than a year ago, the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA, witnessed chaos, after an angry crowd emerged after the killing of an African-American citizen at the hands of the police.

However, the scene that did not leave the minds of many Americans at the time, was a young man carrying a gun to shoot them, which led to the killing of two people in the street in front of everyone in a shocking video that sparked a wave of indignation at the time over violent practices against blacks.

But despite the severity of what happened, and the shock of those scenes at the time, the American judiciary ruled yesterday, Saturday, acquitting the young American Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot these two people, which sparked controversy in American society.

Innocence raises controversy

After more than 25 hours of deliberation, a 12-person jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of all five charges he faced after shooting two people and wounding a third during protests in Kenosha.

The two-week trial, which captured the attention of all of America, featured the testimony of more than 30 witnesses, including Rittenhouse himself, videos from the night of the shootings and a sharp exchange between lawyers and the judge.

While the jury’s decision drew strong criticism from relatives and friends of the victims, a number of legal experts said they were not surprised by the verdict.

Demonstrations against the verdict of acquittal (Reuters)

Rittenhouse Basic Certificate

And they pointed out in an interview with “CNN” today, Sunday, that Rittenhouse’s testimony was crucial, as he told the court that he acted in self-defense, when he shot Joseph Rosenbaum, who he said had threatened him earlier and chased him.

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In turn, said Laura Coates, chief legal analyst at “CNN” that the instructions received by the jury also helped to acquit Rittenhouse.

She also added that the instructions included looking at the case through the eyes of the then 17-year-old Rittenhouse.

Former federal prosecutor Eli Honig said Rittenhouse’s testimony gave the jury a conviction that he was in danger, which the prosecution ultimately failed to undermine.

young man collapsed

It is reported that at one point during the trial, the 18-year-old white man collapsed in tears while standing on the podium. He pointed to the other people he shot, pointing out that they were part of a “gang” chasing him.

Wisconsin law allows the use of lethal force only if “necessary to prevent imminent death or serious bodily harm.”

American youth Kyle Rittenhouse (Reuters)

American youth Kyle Rittenhouse (Reuters)

It should be noted that on August 23, 2020, when the United States was witnessing massive demonstrations against racism and police violence, major unrest was recorded in the city of Kenosha after an attack targeting a black American citizen.

At the time, Kyle Rittenhouse, aged 17, had armed himself with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, joined armed groups that came to “protect” the stores, and shot in mysterious circumstances, killing two men and wounding a third.