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A Wisconsin jury found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on Friday of shooting three people — two fatalities — during a protest in Kenosha last year, with an 18-year-old lawyer and some Republican politicians applauding the decision, while Democratic officials And the shooting with ties to the families stirred it up.

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Rittenhouse’s attorney, Mark Richards, told reporters that his client went home soon after the court read the not-guilty verdict, adding that Rittenhouse “wanted to move on with his life” and that “the jury today agreed with him.” There is a great sense of relief for what he did.”

Kenosha County Prosecutor Thomas Bingro said from reporters On Friday the jury has “represented and spoken to our community in this trial.”

Anthony Huber’s parents, one of the men fatally shot by Rittenhouse, told many news outlet They are “heartbroken and angry,” and fear judgment. “The unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any city, incite violence, and then build them up to shoot people in the street.” threat can be used.”

Benjamin Crump — an attorney representing the family of Jacob Blake, a black Kenosha resident whose shooting at the hands of local police sparked last year’s protests — said “This case has uncovered a deep rift in our justice system.”

Similarly, Blake’s uncle Justin Blake said Washington Post“I don’t know how they came to the final conclusion that he’s innocent, but that’s why African Americans say the whole system is guilty.”

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) tweeted, “I believe justice has been served” in the Rittenhouse case, but Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisk.) warning The non-guilty verdict allowed “anyone to take the law into their own hands and absolve of any liability after two people were shot and killed.”

Representative Brian Steele (R-Wisk.), whose district includes Kenosha, was released. Statement noted the tense and sometimes chaotic protests that led to the shootings last year, arguing the lawsuit “makes it clear that when officials fail to use appropriate resources to protect public safety, violence and destruction” If so, it often follows.”

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