Yesterday, after learning about the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, I was angry and I wrote this post expressing my anger and frustration with the acquittal.
One commenter suggested that if I had actually watched the trial, I would have seen that “it’s a clear-cut case of self-defense.” I admit that I didn’t watch the trial, but I read about it and I still think that Rittenhouse got away with a double homicide and has now become a darling of the far right and white supremacist militia groups, who consider him to be an American hero and who will leverage his acquittal as a licence to openly shoot and kill other protestors of racial injustice and other liberal causes.
But the purpose of this post is not to justify my opinion or to criticize the conclusion that the commenter made on my post. My purpose is to post an excerpt from a statement written by the parents of Anthony Huber, one of the murder victims of Kyle Rittenhouse.
[The jury’s ] verdict means there is no accountability for the person who murdered our son. It sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street.
No reasonable person viewing all of the evidence could conclude that Mr. Rittenhouse acted in self-defense. In response to racist and violent calls to action from militia members, Mr. Rittenhouse travelled to Kenosha illegally armed with an assault rifle. He menaced fellow citizens in the street. Though he was in open violation of a curfew order, Kenosha police encouraged him to act violently. Kenosha police told militia members that they would push peaceful protestors toward the militia so that the militia could “deal with them.” Soon after, Mr. Rittenhouse killed Joseph Rosenbaum. The police did nothing. Concerned citizens, confronted with a person shooting indiscriminately on the street, stepped in to stop the violence. Anthony was shot in the chest trying to disarm Mr. Rittenhouse and stop his shooting spree. Still, the police did nothing. Mr. Rittenhouse continued to shoot, maiming Gaige Grosskreutz. The police let Mr. Rittenhouse leave the scene freely.
Mr. Rittenhouse came to Kenosha armed to kill. Kenosha police encouraged him to act violently, and our son is dead as a result.
I couldn’t agree more with what Anthony Huber’s parents expressed in their statement. The outcome of this trial was not justice. It was injustice.