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US teen’s acquittal sparks scattered protests

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Kyle Rittenhouse reacts after his acquittal.
Kyle Rittenhouse reacts after his acquittal.

US: The acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse sparked scattered protests in major cities Friday night and Saturday afternoon as demonstrators called the decision a miscarriage of justice symptomatic of larger failures in the criminal system.

The jury acquitted Rittenhouse, 18, on all charges, after his legal team argued he acted in self-defense when he shot three men, two fatally, during chaotic protests in summer 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Hundreds protested the verdict at several demonstrations across the country. While there were a few reports of property damage, authorities’ concerns of widespread unrest were not realized in the largely peaceful gatherings.

Many protesters have said the handling of the case would have been different if the defendant were Black. – CNN

Monday, November 22, 2021 – 01:00

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