‘F–k America!’: Protesters furious but not surprised by Kyle Rittenhouse verdict

‘F–k America!’: Protesters furious but not surprised by Kyle
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KENOSHA, Wisc. — Protesters and civil-rights groups said Friday they are outraged but not surprised at the not-guilty verdict in Kyle Rittenhouse’s racially charged homicide trial.

Demonstrators outside the Kenosha, Wisconsin, courthouse lashed out with anger shortly after his acquittal, calling it a shameful racial double standard.

“If [Rittenhouse] was black, he would have been f–king executed on the street,” said a protester, who identified himself as Brandon, to The Post. “If he was black, he would have been dead or in jail.”

Another woman shouted “F–k America!” before collapsing onto her knees on the courthouse steps.

Rittenhouse — who fatally gunned down two men and injured another at a racial-justice protest in August 2020 — was acquitted of homicide, attempted homicide and reckless endangerment Friday.

“It’s just sad,” said another Kenosha resident. “The people that got killed, they didn’t get no justice.”

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Black Lives Matter activists say they expected the outcome of Kyle Rittenhouse being acquitted of his murder charges.
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Kyle Rittenhouse breaks down on the stand as he testifies about his encounter with the late Joseph Rosenbaum during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, November 10, 2021.
Kyle Rittenhouse, seen sobbing on the stand, insisted he used his AR-15 in self-defense against hostile protesters.
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Kyle Rittenhouse claimed he was defending businesses amid riots following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020.
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But she added, “I’m not surprised. We all knew this was going to happen.”

Black Lives Matter’s official Twitter page echoed that resigned rage, writing, “This is how the systems conspire to entrench #WhiteSupremacy.

“Reminder: the system is working exactly as it is meant to. The system was always meant to protect and uphold white supremacy,” the group fumed.

Kyle Rittenhouse reacts after hearing he was acquitted of all his charges at the Kenosha County Courthouse.
Kyle Rittenhouse reacts after hearing he was acquitted of all his charges at the Kenosha County Courthouse.
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Protesters called for Kyle Rittenhouse to be held guilty of his murder charges outside the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin on November 19, 2021.
Protesters called for Kyle Rittenhouse to be held guilty of his murder charges outside the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Nov. 19, 2021.
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Kyle Rittenhouse talks about how Gaige Grosskreutz was holding his gun while testifying during his murder trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 10, 2021.
Kyle Rittenhouse talks about how Gaige Grosskreutz was holding his gun while testifying during his murder trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on Nov. 10, 2021.
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Rittenhouse was a 17-year-old wannabe cop in August 2020 when he brought a semi-automatic rifle to the protest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man who was left paralyzed from the waist down.

The high-profile case sparked fury over whether Rittenhouse — who was part of a self-appointed militia — was a patriot taking a stand against a riot that broke out during the rally or simply a reckless vigilante.

A Kyle Rittenhouse supporter holds a sign mocking President Joe Biden.
A Kyle Rittenhouse supporter holds a sign mocking President Joe Biden.
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Justin Blake, uncle of Jacob Blake, raises his fist in solidarity of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, who were fatally shot by Kyle Rittenhouse.
Justin Blake, uncle of Jacob Blake, raises his fist in solidarity of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, who were fatally shot by Kyle Rittenhouse.
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Kyle Rittenhouse had been charged with homicide, attempted homicide and reckless endangerment after killing two men and wounding another during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
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Shortly after the verdict, the NRA tweeted, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Kenosha bystander Patricia McCloskey also hailed the verdict as a win for gun rights.

Justin Blake, uncle of Jacob Blake, leaves the Kenosha County courthouse after the jury returned a not guilty on all five counts verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Justin Blake, uncle of Jacob Blake, led protests outside the Kenosha County courthouse amid Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial.
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A protester holds a sign accusing “Konvict Killer Kyle” of being a white supremacist.
A protester holds a sign accusing “Konvict Killer Kyle” of being a white supremacist.
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“It’s a great day for America — First Amendment and Second Amendment. He was brave and did the right thing,’’ she said of Rittenhouse.

Wendy Rittenhouse, Kyle’s mother, is relieved after hearing her son was found not guilty on all counts at the Kenosha County Courthouse.
Wendy Rittenhouse, Kyle’s mother, is relieved after hearing her son was found not guilty on all counts at the Kenosha County Courthouse.
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