After three full days of deliberation, the jury within the Kyle Rittenhouse case discovered the 18-year-old not responsible on all 5 counts Friday.
Rittenhouse killed two individuals and injured one other in August 2020 in Kenosha, amid unrest over the police capturing of Jacob Blake Jr., a Black man.
Jacob’s uncle responded to the not responsible verdict on the steps of the Kenosha County Courthouse.
“It is a tragic-ass day within the historical past of our nation,” Justin Blake stated.
Blake stated Rittenhouse’s acquittal is an instance of how the justice system treats white and Black defendants otherwise. Rittenhouse is white.
“I don’t understand how they got here to the ultimate conclusion they did that he was harmless, however that is precisely why African Individuals and minorities say the entire rattling system is responsible as hell,” Blake stated. “And we must be within the strategy of rebuilding the system that has African Individuals going to jail at charges you could’t consider whereas our white counterparts commit heinous crimes.”
Rittenhouse’s lawyer, Mark Richards, responded to the declare that his consumer’s acquittal is an instance of a racially unequal justice system.
“I don’t suppose it’s white and Black,” Richards stated. “I believe there’s good attorneys, there’s unhealthy attorneys. And attorneys make a distinction, cash makes a distinction.”
Richards stated if Rittenhouse had a public defender who couldn’t put within the time non-public attorneys can, it might need been a unique outcome.
Total, Richards stated he thinks video proof proven to the jury made it clear that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense.
“I believe the video proof was overwhelming, and placing it within the context of Aug. 25 and what was occurring — if Kyle had simply been his phrase in opposition to all people else there, he would have been going to jail right now,” Richards stated.
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