Kyle Rittenhouse: Joe Biden Speaks Out After Hearing The Verdict
CORRECTION: This article originally published November 19, 2021, was factually incorrect. It has now been corrected and updated.
Kyle Rittenhouse did not travel to Kenosha with an AR-15 as originally written. As per police records and court testimony, the gun in question was already being stored at Rittenhouse’s friend’s house in Kenosha. Rittenhouse travelled from his home in Illinois to Kenosha on August 24, 2020, the day before he fatally shot two men and injured another.
Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial has just come to an end and the reactions are pouring in, with US President Joe Biden also sharing his thoughts.
With the verdict read and the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse over today, November 19, all eyes are now on how the public is going to react to one of the most highly publicised and polarising trials in recent memory. Tension has been high since the trial began and protesters have clashed outside the courthouse.
Rittenhouse was facing five felony charges, including first-degree homicide, stemming from an incident in which he fatally shot two men and injured a third during protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake.
Some background on the case: On August 25, 2020, Rittenhouse travelled 20 miles to Kenosha, Wisconsin, and collected an AR-15-style automatic rifle – which Rittenhouse technically legally owned – from a friend’s house. Upon attending Black Lives Matter protests, which had broken out over the shooting of Jacob Blake by police, the then-17-year-old went on to wound one man, Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, and fatally shoot two others, Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26.
Now that Rittenhouse has been found not guilty on all charges, the reactions are coming in from around the world.
Earlier today US President Joe Biden had a routine colonoscopy during his physical examination at Walter Reed medical hospital. He was briefly put under anaesthesia for his procedure, at which time power transferred to Harris, when she made history and became the acting US President for 85 minutes.
Biden missed most of the trial today, but he was stopped by reporters who asked him what he thought about the verdict.
Biden admitted he didn’t watch the trial, but did give his opinion on the jury’s verdict:
I stand by what the jury has concluded. The jury system works and we have to abide by it.
The trial has proven to be emotional for Rittenhouse, who broke down in tears while giving his testimony in front of the jury. Emotions have run high across the US, with protesters clashing outside the courthouse during jury deliberations.
In preparation for fallout from the verdict, Wisconsin has dispatched 500 national guard troops to support law enforcement in Kenosha.
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