November 19, 2021
WASHINGTON D.C. — Jurors in Kenosha, Wisconsin today acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse on all charges in the August 2020 shootings of three men, including two who were killed. The teen’s attorneys argued the teen had only opened fire in self-defense.The verdict capped off an intense trial surrounding the deadly unrest in that city last summer.
“The jury has represented our community in this trial and has spoken,” Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said today after the verdict.“I couldn’t have asked for a better jury to work with and it has truly been my pleasure,” Judge Bruce Schroeder said after delivering the verdict. “I think, without commenting on your verdict, the verdicts themselves, just in terms of your attentiveness and the cooperation that you gave to us, justifies the confidence that the founders of our country placed in you so I dismiss you at this time.”
Ryan Bomberger, chief creative officer and co-founder of The Radiance Foundation (Radiance, www.theradiancefoundation.org commented on today’s verdict and the media chaos surrounding the trial:
“America’s tired of #fakenews always coloring the narrative. Millions are even more tired of so many fellow Americans falling for the racist and dehumanizing bait. Leftist media, obsessed with the #whitesupremacy boogeyman, defended or ignored #BlackLivesMatter and #Antifa violence in the summer of 2020, which caused over 20 deaths of innocent people. You lost #fakenews. You couldn’t lie about #KyleRittenhouse (and half of America) enough. It’s so tragic that families lost loved ones because those activists’ reckless behavior put them on the wrong end of a gun. Rittenhouse was found #notguilty. I pray America is found peaceful following this verdict.”
The prosecution was accused of making several missteps throughout the trial, including charging Rittenhouse with chasing one of the men down, when video footage showed the opposite.
But many media pundits and even lawmakers appeared to convict Rittenhouse before the defense presented its case.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., for instance, tweeted that Rittenhouse was a “white supremacist domestic terrorist” following the unrest in Kenosha.
“A 17 year old white supremacist domestic terrorist drove across state lines, armed with an AR 15,” Pressley wrote in 2020. “He shot and killed 2 people who had assembled to affirm the value, dignity, and worth of Black lives.”
In a 2020 presidential campaign video, then-candidate Joe Biden suggested Rittenhouse was a White supremacist and called on President Trump to condemn him and several others.
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