Twitter users shared their angry reactions to Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal as words and phrases such as “disgusting,” “disgusting” and “unsurprised” trended on the social media platform.
Mr. Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all five counts in the premeditated murder trial. Two men were shot dead and a third was seriously injured during protests against police violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer.
The jury announced the verdict on Friday after it had spent four days deliberating.
“I knew Rittenhouse would be acquitted, but it was hard to witness the inevitable, knowing there would be no consequences for the judge, knowing Rittenhouse and others like him would be more daring to be flags of the victors of white supremacy. It’s hollow,” Roxanne Gay chirp.
“Trying not to go too deep into the poisoned well in Rittenhouse’s letter, but a number of the people I follow seem to think the people who were shot were black, which I think says something about the level of interaction with the specifics of the case,” Matthew Iglesias books.
“I knew. Kyle Rittenhouse is proof that white people can still break the law, carry illegal guns, shoot and kill people, and get away with it in America by shedding tears and demanding self-defense,” Keith Boykin chirp.
“Kyle Rittenhouse has really been judged by a jury of his colleagues. God bless us,” White House Press Secretary Clinton Joe Lockhart books.
“Kyle Rittenhouse’s ruling sends an important lesson to young white boys everywhere that murder is perfectly legal,” writer Pace Caleb chirp.
“Everyone who was shot was attacking Kyle,” defense attorney Mark Richards said during the trial.
During the trial, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger challenged the account that Rittenhouse shot two people, Anthony Hopper, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, in self-defense.
The Associated Press reported that Mr Hooper was seen hitting Rittenhouse with a skateboard before the teen shot the 26-year-old protester.
Binger played a video on Monday that appeared to show Mr. Rittenhouse putting out a fire extinguisher and raising his rifle.
“That’s what triggers this whole incident,” he said. When the defendant raises the incident, he loses the right to self-defense. You cannot claim self-defense against a danger you create.”
Mr. Binger said the people confronting Mr. Rittenhouse were protecting themselves, not the other way around.
“I submit to you, ladies and gentlemen,” he said at the time, “that in that case the public has the right to try to stop the active shooter.” “They have the right to protect themselves. The defendant is not the only one in the world who has the right to self-defense.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, Kyle was not the active shooter,” Richards replied. “This is a buzzword that the state wants to catch because it justifies the actions of the mob.”
Mr. Richards said Hopper’s skateboard was a “deadly weapon”. He added that Mr. Hopper was swinging his skateboard at Mr. Rittenhouse and “tried to get his head up”.
“Now the skateboard is a lethal weapon,” Attorney General James Krause responded to Richards’ assertion on 15 November. “A parent, grandparents and Santa Claus giving out skateboards this Christmas should be telling how to give their kids a deadly weapon.”
“I think they should give them the AR-15 instead,” he added at the time.