Kenosha, Wisconsin (Associated Press)-On Sunday, dozens of people gathered under the Wisconsin flag in Kenosha Civic Center Park, chanting justice, and then took to the streets to protest Kyle Rittenhouse acquitted.
The demonstrators traced the route that Rittenhouse shot and killed two people and wounded a third of them during a protest against police brutality in August last year.They held signs that read “Reject the racist righteous police terror” and “The whole system is guilty!” Several protesters Carry a spear.
Protesters often chanted “No justice, no peace” and “Anthony and Jojo”, the latter referring to Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, both of whom were shot and killed by Rittenhouse.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, 80 years old Protest march On Saturday in Chicago, he was scheduled to show up in Kenosha, but he didn’t come. Organizers stated that he is working with congressional leaders to request the Department of Justice to investigate the case for further prosecution. Jackson’s Rainbow Promotion Alliance announced earlier on Sunday that the Justice Department should also consider assisting and abetting charges against Rittenhouse’s mother.
“The verdict of not guilty very reveals the state of criminal justice in the United States,” said Bishop Grant, the National Field Service Director of the Rainbow PUSH Alliance, in a statement.
Although Grant’s statement stated that Rittenhouse violated federal law, he did not explain further. Experts said that Rittenhouse is unlikely to face federal charges because federal law only applies to a very limited number of homicides.
Rittenhouse is a 17-year-old former police young student from Antioch, Illinois. He said he brought AR-15 semi-automatic rifle Protecting property from the mob, but he was attacked and worried about his life.
The shooting took place on a riotous night of protest. In the protest, a white Kenosha policeman shot and killed a black man, Jacob Black.
Rittenhouse was white, the man he shot was also white, and his acquittal Sparked new controversy Regarding racial justice, vigilance, and policing in the United States.
The chairman and chief executive of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Derek Johnson, said on Sunday that it is difficult for African-Americans to accept the verdict.
“Here is a 17-year-old child Illegal purchase of guns, To cross state boundaries to protect property that does not belong to him. For owners who did not invite him, he puts himself in danger based on the remarks he saw on social media platforms,” Johnson told CBS’ “Face the Country” “He called this “a warning that lynching justice is allowed in this country or a particular community.”
Rittenhouse’s lawyer described him as a scared teenager Shot and saved his life.
“I didn’t want to kill them,” Rittenhouse testified. “I intend to stop those who attack me.”
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