RAMPAGING protesters broke windows and hurled objects at cops in Portland after Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted. 

The riots in the Oregon city broke out after news broke 18-year-old Rittenhouse, who shot dead two men during racial unrest last year in Wisconsin, was cleared by a court.

ReutersA fire burns on the street of Portland, Oregon, during protests after the ...not guilty... verdict was announced in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse '/ '

ReutersRiot police guard a court house in Portland amid threats to burn it down '/ '

RexKyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all counts at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Wisconsin '/ '

The protest of about 200 people was declared a riot after protesters started smashing windows, throwing objects at police and threatening to burn down a courthouse, KOIN TV reported.

Portland Police Bureau Chief Chuck Lovell said shortly after the verdict that officers were working on plans for Friday night and the weekend, KOIN reported.

By about 8.50pm about 200 protesters had gathered in downtown Portland and blocked streets.

By 9pm windows were broken and doors of city facilities were damaged. Police reported objects were being thrown at officers in the area.

The police tweeted: ...A crowd has gathered near SE 2nd Avenue and SE Madison Street and participants have begun breaking windows and damaging doors of city facilities in the area. People are throwing objects at police officers in the area....

Portland saw ongoing, often violent protests after the murder of George Floyd last year by police in Minneapolis. Some activists complained that the police were heavy-handed in their response.

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Meanwhile, masses of people gathered coast-to-coast to protest Rittenhouse’s acquittal.

Hundreds gathered outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, to express their fury at the verdict as similar events unfolded across the nation.

Read our Kyle Rittenhouse live blog for the very latest news and updates...

Kenosha itself remained largely quiet as the night wore on.

A crowd of about 40 people gathered at the courthouse but remained peaceful.

Rittenhouse had faced life in prison if convicted on the most serious charge for using an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle to kill two men — Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum — and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz. 

The teenager entered a plea of not guilty on all charges and claimed self-defense.

He began to choke up, fell forward toward the defense table before hugging one of his attorneys as he heard a court clerk recite not guilty five times. 

A sheriff's deputy whisked him out a back door.

        He has a huge sense of relief for what the jury did to him today

                Mark Richardsdefense attorney               

Defense attorney Mark Richards said: “He wants to get on with his life.

“He has a huge sense of relief for what the jury did to him today. 

“He wishes none of this ever happened. But as he said when he testified, he did not start this.”

Speaking afterward to Fox News, he said ...self-defense is not illegal....

He said: ...I am glad they reached the correct verdict.

...It's been a tough journey but we made it through. We made it through the hard part....

Rittenhouse will sit down with Fox's Tucker Carlson for his first interview on Monday.

Joe Biden has said he was angry at the verdict.

He said: ...While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken....

The Mega AgencyA sign that reads ...black lives matter... seen during a march in Brooklyn against the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse '/ '

ReutersA demonstrator holds a placard reading ...it's wrong and you know it' '/ '

The teen was acquitted on all chargesThe teen was acquitted on all charges

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