A 17 year old boy, Kyle Rittenhouse, from Illinois, crosses state lines and arms himself with an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon. When he arrives in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer during anti-racism protests over police violence against black people, he shoots and kills two men and injures another.
After the shooting, Rittenhouse was apprehended and arrested by police. He was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and two first-degree recklessly endangering safety counts. He pleaded not guilty by reason of self-defense.
In a trial that has become a flashpoint in the debate over guns, vigilantism, and racial injustice in the U.S., the predominantly white jury acquitted Rittenhouse of all charges.
How can it be that a white kid who goes out of his way to go to an anti-racist protest armed with an assault rifle and kills two people and injures a third be found not guilty? Why else would he take an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle to that protest if not to shoot people?
Can you imagine what the verdict would have been if Kyle Rittenhouse had been a 17-year old black kid?
The American justice system is badly broken.