KYLE Rittenhouse is an 18-year-old who allegedly shot at protestors during a 2020 rally in Wisconsin.

He was later arrested and charged with the deaths of two people.

Kyle Rittenhouse would have faced up to life in prison if convictedRepresented by ZUMA Press, Inc.

On November 19, 2021, Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all counts.

Following the verdict announcement, protests began to break out across the country.

Protestors shut down the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.

In Portland, demonstrators reportedly forced open a jail gate, which resulted in the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to declare a riot, according to CNN.

In California, a crowd marched from city hall to the federal building, while people in Chicago marched downtown throughout the weekend, despite a reported heavy police presence.

According to state officials, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers authorized around 500 National Guard troops to be on standby in case they are needed after his verdict was announced.

...We continue to be in close contact with our partners at the local level to ensure the state provides support and resources to help keep the Kenosha community and greater area safe,... said Evers.

...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....

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What was Kyle Rittenhouse charged with?

On August 23, 2020, Kenosha police officers shot Jacob Blake, now 30, multiple times in front of his children.

Blake is a Black man who was left paralyzed from the waist down following the incident with the police.

Many citizens of the town and its surrounding cities and states responded to the shooting with a series of protests and rallies.

Two days after the shooting, Kyle Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, travelled from Antioch, Illinois and was documented at a protest carrying an AR-15.

Rittenhouse allegedly proceeded to shoot into a crowd of people, killing two and injuring a third.

He was charged with first-degree homicide and has since pleaded not guilty. His trial took place throughout November, with the verdict announced after a multiple-day deliberation.

Rittenhouse fatally shot Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, now 27.

Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with the deaths of two people after shooting into a crowd during an August 2020 protestRepresented by ZUMA Press, Inc.

What happened at Kyle Rittenhouse's trial?

At the beginning of November, the long-awaited trial of Kyle Rittenhouse began in Wisconsin.

The Illinois native was charged multiple times.

His charges include first-degree reckless homicide for killing Rosenbaum, first-degree intentional homicide for killing Huber and first-degree attempted intentional homicide for shooting Grosskreutz.

Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty and has since claimed self-defense as the reason behind the shootings.

At court on Wednesday, November 10, Rittenhouse broke town in tears while describing the incident in which he killed Rosenbaum.

During the trial, Judge Bruce Schroeder lashed out at prosecutor Thomas Binger for questioning Rittenhouse about whether it was appropriate to use deadly force to protect property.

Rittenhouse attorney Mark Richards suggested Binger might be attempting to provoke a mistrial with his line of questioning.

While testifying, Rittenhouse suggested he was attacked by Rosenbaum first. He also added that he saw videos of violence being instigated in Kenosha, and felt he was helping to protect the town.

Before his charges were dropped, the 18-year-old faced up to life in prison.

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