Opposing sides exhibit exterior Kenosha County Courthouse, awaiting verdict in Rittenhouse trial | WUWM 89.7 FM

Day two of jury deliberations within the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse ended with out a verdict Wednesday on the Kenosha County Courthouse.

Rittenhouse is the 18-year-old from Illinois who shot and killed two males and injured a 3rd throughout unrest in Kenosha final summer time that adopted the police taking pictures of a Black man, Jacob Blake, Jr.

Rittenhouse was 17 on the time and is claiming self-defense.

Exterior the courthouse, supporters of each Rittenhouse and the lads Rittenhouse killed, Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, gathered whereas jury deliberations had been underway.

Scott Olson

Demonstrators collect exterior of the Kenosha County Courthouse because the jury deliberates for a second day within the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse on Nov.17, 2021.

Supporters of Huber and Rosenbaum stood on the courthouse steps holding a number of indicators Wednesday. Some learn: “Lock Up Kyle for A Whereas,” “Justice for the Victims” and “Black Lives Matter.”

And whereas on the steps, they chanted:

“No justice, no peace. No justice no peace. If we don’t get it, shut it down. If we don’t get it shut it down.”

Xavier Simmons is an organizer from Racine and co-founder of the group Change is Coming. Simmons had been demonstrating exterior the courthouse for 3 days.

Simmons mentioned he was there as a result of he doesn’t agree with how the trial goes, for instance, the truth that the gun possession and curfew violation prices had been dropped.

Simmons mentioned the system is failing communities of coloration and the households of Huber and Rosenbaum, who had been white. “If it was a Black particular person in entrance of this decide, he’ll in all probability be already charged with homicide after which put in jail for all times.”

Simmons mentioned he’s hoping for a responsible verdict on all 5 counts however added that his intestine is telling him that Rittenhouse will stroll free.

However Rittenhouse strolling free is what Steve Stewart desires. He mentioned he feels strongly that Rittenhouse is being wrongly prosecuted. Stewart mentioned he’s “absolutely anticipating” a not responsible verdict.

“However you by no means know with a jury. It’s one of many dangers when you must take self-defense. And I suppose the saying is, ‘it’s higher to be judged by twelve than carried by six,’ and I believe that’s the choice Kyle needed to make in a fraction of a second, and he did a method higher job of constructing that call than I might’ve executed,” mentioned Stewart.

Stewart mentioned if there had been extra of what he calls “civic-minded” and “law-abiding” individuals out with Rittenhouse final August, Rittenhouse wouldn’t have been backed right into a nook by himself.

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