Political Heavyweights Rage Against the Machine Issue Statement on Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

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Political heavyweights, Rage Against the Machine, have issued a statement on the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.

It comes after Rittenhouse was cleared of all charges last week.

Scroll on to find out the details of the trial, and what Rage Against The Machine has said…

Now, the Rittenhouse trial began on Tuesday, November 2nd, with opening statements from prosecutors and defense attorneys…

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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…

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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.

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.”

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.

And now, someone else has had their say on the verdict.

Rage Against the Machine has issued a statement in regards to Rittenhouse’s not guilty verdict and it’s caused mixed opinions among people…

In a statement shared to Instagram, the band shared a picture of Rittenhouse crying as they questioned what “defines innocence in America?”

“What defines innocence in America?” they asked. “Tamir Rice was executed by police for playing with a toy. Nobody was charged. Ahmaud Arbery went jogging and was murdered in broad daylight.”

“Kyle Rittenhouse armed himself and killed people who were fighting for racial justice.”

“He claimed self-defense,” they continued. “This is the settler logic of America’s founding myth: whiteness must cast itself as the victim in order to justify its violence against those resisting its oppression.”

Finishing their post, they wrote: “Welcome to the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.”

What do you think about their statement?