Minneapolis protesters speak out on Rittenhouse verdict, supporters also speak out
“We must eliminate injustice, we must eliminate hatred, we must eliminate it,” she said.
“It’s time to see the humanity and the non-humanity of people,” said Madeline, a resident of Minneapolis. “He had no humanity when he entered with his AR-15 and shot people.”
Rittenhouse has been charged with homicide, attempted homicide and recklessly endangering security.
He claimed he acted in self-defense when he shot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber – and injured Gage Grosskreutz – during protests that erupted after a white officer shot dead Jacob Blake, a black man.
Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges on Friday.
“I don’t agree with that, it’s wrong,” said Lewis. “We have to go back to court. I’m so upset and hurt. Not surprised, but it’s wrong.”
The verdicts also sparked protests in Portland, Oregon and New York.
But groups of Rittenhouse supporters have also appeared on the streets.
“Kyle went over the top, maybe it would have been stupid to be in this situation right now,” said Michelle Darnell of Washington State. “In the end, he still had the right to defend himself then.”
Rittenhouse had traveled from Illinois to Kenosha, where protests were underway in August 2020.
He said he was there to help protect the property – carrying an AR-15 style rifle.
“He had as much a right to be there as anyone else,” said Mark Richards, defense attorney for Rittenhouse. “And when Mr. Rosenbaum attacked him and the mob came after him, he protected himself, and that’s legal in the state of Wisconsin and most places in the United States.”
One of the acquitted charges of “recklessly endangering security” involved Rittenhouse shooting at an unknown person who attempted to kick him.
Huber’s father thinks the verdict sends the wrong message.
“I think we’re all in shock,” says John Huber. “We didn’t expect that. It only added insult to injury.
Brandon Lesko of Los Angeles – a Rittenhouse supporter – disagrees.
“Kudos to Kyle, I’m glad he’s free,” he said. “I hope these people can respect the decision. Being American doesn’t mean you get a court ruling you like, it means you will respect the court ruling you get. “
Protesters in Minneapolis say they believe if Rittenhouse had been a man of color the verdict would have been different.
DJ Hooker, who is parading in Minneapolis, fears the verdict will embolden others.
“I am here because justice has not been served,” he said. “All it does is give the green light to white supremacists that they can show up at BLM protests and even if it’s not in their community they can shoot and kill people and pretend that it is in a state of self-defense. “
ABC News reports that Rittenhouse and his family have left Kenosha.
Experts say despite the not guilty verdict, he could still face legal consequences, including wrongful death lawsuits from the families of those killed.