Thousands of people in Kenosha were disheartened and extremely angry after Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal on Friday, joining each other to protest the non-guilty verdict.
And a father and daughter marched alongside those protesting Kyle’s freedom, holding AR-15 rifles.
The dad Erick Jordan, fifty, and daughter Jade, sixteen, said that their rifles were just to protect the demonstrators from any harm.
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Now, the Rittenhouse trial began on Tuesday, November 2nd, with opening statements from prosecutors and defense attorneys…
Both were eager to share opposing information on what happened last August.
Rittenhouse, who was seventeen at the time of the Kenosha unrest shooting, was accused of killing 2 men and severly injuring another…
Rittenhouse was armed with a rifle when he took to the streets amid a protest following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police, on August 25th, 2020.
He took the lives of thirty-six-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum, and twenty-six-year-old Anthony Huber, who reportedly tackled Rittenhouse to the ground in an attempt to “wrestle his rifle away.”
He also wounded twenty-seven-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz by shooting at him and severing his bicep.
Rittenhouse was taken into custody after turning himself in to the authorities the following day, and is now facing 2 homicide counts and 1 count of attempted homicide.
He also faces charges for reckless endangering and illegal possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under eighteen.
Rittenhouse’s case has gained a large online following from both right and left wing political circles…
With the far-right branding him a “hero,” while others condemn his actions, calling him a “vigilante.”
However, photo’s snapped of him in court show he seemed pretty relaxed about the whole thing…
Rittenhouse could be seen yawning multiple times throughout his trial in Wisconsin, where if he’s convicted will lead to him spending life behind bars.
The teen let out a few yawns as lawyers gave their opening statements…
And then again when jurors entered the courtroom. He just couldn’t seem to stay awake throughout any of the hearing.
During the teen’s yawning session, the attorney for Rittenhouse, Mark Richards, claimed he was acting in self defense…
Bringing attention to an interview Rittenhouse made with The Daily Caller on the night of the shooting.
“If someone is hurt, I’m running into harm’s way. That’s why I have my rifle; I’ve gotta protect myself, obviously…”
“But I also have my med kit,” Rittenhouse could be heard saying before he shot and killed 2 people.
According to Richards, the victims “attacked him in the street like an animal…”
“[He] protected himself, protected his firearm so it couldn’t be taken and used against him or other people from Mr. Rosenbaum, who made threats to kill.”
Richards went on to describe him as a “scared kid who protected himself from a mob.”
However, assistant district attorney, Thomas Binger, argued: “Out of these hundreds of people, only 1 person killed anyone that night. Only 1 person shot anyone that night,” talking about Rittenhouse.
He also went on to describe him as a “tourist outside of our community,” who traveled to Kenosha because he was “drawn to the chaos.”
Rittenhouse took to the stand on Wednesday, November 10, to give his testimony.
And not long into giving his account of the shooting, he got emotional.
Rittenhouse began his testimony sharing that he had gone to Kenosha to offer medical aid to protestors…
“Did you come into downtown Kenosha looking for trouble?” He was asked as reported by NBC Chicago, to which he responded: “No.”
He also recalled that he had no other problems with anyone that night other than “the man who said he would kill me twice.”
The man in question was Joseph Rosenbaum, who also allegedly threatened to “cut his heart out.”
Not long after going into detail about the shooting, Rittenhouse broke down crying, resulting in the trial being posponed briefly…
But, after a short break, the trial resumed and Rittenhouse continued with his testimony.
As the trial continued, Rittenhouse told prosecutors that he “didn’t intend to kill them.”
“I intended to stop the people who were attacking me,” the teen said, adding that: “I did what I had to do to stop the person who was attacking me. Two of them passed away, but I stopped the threat from attacking me.”
Rittenhouse also recalled his encounter with Rosenbaum in which he said that he shot him 4 times before running to find police officers.
When asked by his attorney why he ran to find police, Rittenhouse answered: “Because I didn’t do anything wrong. I was defending myself.”
Then the man shot by Rittenhouse responded to his testimony.
Gaige Grosskreutz, who was shot in the arm by Rittenhouse, said that Rittenhouse is just “upset that he was caught.”
Grosskreutz, who told the jury he thought Rittenhouse was “an active shooter,” spoke with Good Morning America in his first interview since the trial.
During the interview, he described Rittenhouse as a “child” caught doing something he shouldn’t.
“To me, it seemed like a child who just gotten caught doing something that he wasn’t supposed to – more upset that he was caught and less upset about what he had done and what he had taken and the numerous lives that he affected through his actions that night,” he said.
Grosskreutz also said there was “a million things that run through your mind when somebody’s pointing a rifle at you,” the first being a worry for safety.
“First and foremost I was concerned for my safety. I never lost sight of who I am, I’m not somebody who takes life, I’ve made a life out of protecting and preserving life, not taking it,” he said.
Grosskreutz also added that although some may think that he “pointed the gun” at Rittenhouse, it is “completely inconsistent with the physiology of my wound.”
And when asked if he never pointed the gun at Rittenhouse, Grosskreutz replied: “That’s absolutely what I’m saying, yes.”
Then with the trial finally drawn to a close, the state of Wisconsin began preparing itself for backlash no matter the verdict.
Over 500 National Guard troops were deployed to the area in order to support law enforcement in Kenosha.
Governor Tony Evers stated that they will be on standby, should law enforcement officers need them.
In a statement, he said: “I urge folks who are otherwise not from the area to please respect the community by reconsidering any plans to travel there and encourage those who might choose to assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights to do so safely and peacefully.”
After an exhausting few weeks, a decision was finally made on November 19 as Kyle Rittenhouse was cleared of all charges.
Rittenhouse was acquitted on the charges following the juror’s consideration on 5 felony counts.
The verdict is hugely controversial with many opinions massively divided by it.
While some are delighted that Rittenhouse has been found not guilty, many others have condemned it.
Among those condemning the verdict is many famous faces, including Colin Kaepernick who took to Twitter as he emphasized the “need to abolish our current system.”
“We just witnessed a system built on white supremacy validate the terroristic acts of a white supremacist. This only further validates the need to abolish our current system. White supremacy cannot be reformed,” the former footballer and activist, who first knelt during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality in the US, tweeted.
Shortly after the verdict, Rittenhouse broke his silence as he discussed the jury’s decision.
In a video shared by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Rittenhouse can be seen sitting inside a car as he says: “I believe they came to the correct verdict, and I’m glad everything went well. It’s been a rough journey, but we made it through it. We made it through the hard part.”
It has now been several days since Rittenhouse’s verdict was reached and the teen has remained mostly quiet.
Until recently, as Rittenhouse’s first activity since the verdict has been announced and it’s safe to say, people aren’t happy about it…
Rittenhouse has been slammed for sitting down with Tucker Carlson and speaking about the verdict.
A snippet of the interview shared on Twitter shows Rittenhouse being interviewed by Carlson as he claims the “case has nothing to do with race.”
Rittenhouse also said in the clip that he is “not a racist person” and that he believes “there needs to be change.”
It comes after it was revealed that Carlson has made a documentary on the Rittenhouse case.
The interview will air on the Tucker Carlson Tonight show this evening.
It seems as though Rittenhouse is trying to get back to “normal”, too.
In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Kyle’s mom, Wendy Rittenhouse talked about her son’s plans for the future.
“It’s not about winning or losing, there were 2 people that did pass away,” his mom said, referring to the 2 men who were fatally shot by her son.
“Families have to grieve,” she continued to say in the interview.
Continuing, she said: “He does have remorse, you know like people say ‘If he could do it again, I said he would do it again’ but talking to him now, he would never walk down there if this ever happened again.
“He would never.”
And then, when the mom was asked what Kyle’s plans are now that he’s been found not guilty on all 5 charges…
She said: “He wants to go to school, he wants to play with his dog Mylo, and be a normal kid, but it’s going to be different for him.
“Because there’s going to be people out there who want to hurt him, and people need to… He needs to heal, and the other people that have been involved in this need to heal too.
“It’s going to be difficult,” she finished.
And according to Fox News, it’s apparent that the family are going to be filing for defamation charges, too.
Not many people are all too happy with the outcome, even if the likes of some are pleased he’s free.
And now, a father and daughter have taken to Kenosha to “protect” those protesting against Kyle Rittenhouse.
And in protecting the protestors, they’re sending a very powerful message.
“We just do security for different groups. We’re doing a favor for them,” Erik told the New York Post.
Erick has been teaching his daughter to use a firearm since she was just 4 years old, and on the night that Kyle Rittenhouse shot 3 people, they were protecting a restaurant and 2 parking lots.
But, the duo didn’t take anybody’s life by doing so.
And trying to place herself in Rittenhouse’s shoes, Jade told the news outlet that it would have played out very differently…
“I probably wouldn’t have fired my weapon,” she admitted.