After claiming self-defense, a US teenager who shot two men during racial turmoil was absolved of homicide and all other counts. On August 25, 2020, Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, killed two men and injured a third on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
His defense said he was afraid for his life throughout the high-profile and politically controversial trial. Prosecutors claimed he went out that night searching for trouble. Fears of unrest have prompted the deployment of National Guard troops to the city.
While the outcome of the case “will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included,” US President Joe Biden urged people to “express their views peacefully,” saying that while the jury’s decision “will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken.”
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