Rittinghouse verdict in Kenosha: protests break out in cities around the country


In New York, demonstrators shut down the Brooklyn Bridge, and in Portland, Oregon, they forced open a jail gate, prompting the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office to declare a riot.

“The crowd, which was described as hostile, launched urine, alcoholic beverages, water bottles and batteries at deputies during the event,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release early Saturday morning.

The protests were nowhere close to the scope of those in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in the summer of 2020, including the one in Kenosha, during which Rittenhouse shot and killed two people and wounded another.

Still, some people were clearly upset that Rittenhouse was cleared of all five counts against him, including first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

Rittenhouse claimed self-defense in the shootings.

The Portland Police Bureau said that vandals broke the windows of the city government’s print shop.

“Additional vandalism was done to the Justice Center building,” the PPB said. An image released by police showed spray-painted graffiti, including the message, “All Cops Are Kyles.”

Demonstrators marched through Oakland Friday.

One arrest was made, with five citations and 17 warnings issued, police said.

In New York, protests began in Brooklyn, then moved over the Brooklyn Bridge and into lower Manhattan, CNN affiliate WABC reported. The bridge was closed briefly.
The New York Police Department used Twitter to advise people to avoid the Manhattan-bound bridge and to expect closures and delays in the area.
In Oakland, California, a crowd marched from city hall to the federal building, shouting “Revolution nothing else,” according to CNN affiliate KGO.
Demonstrators in Chicago marched downtown Friday night amid a “large police presence,” CNN affiliate WBBM reported.

A second demonstration is planned for Saturday afternoon.

Demonstrators in Chicago marched around the city's Loop Friday night.

In Kenosha, about 65 miles to the north on Lake Michigan, things were “pretty quiet,” CNN’s Natasha Chen reported.

There, families of Rittenhouse’s victims were coming to terms with the verdict.

“If one person’s life, or two persons’ lives don’t matter, then none of our lives matter,” Kariann Swart, the fiancee’ of victim Joseph Rosenbaum, told CNN. “It feels like the victims’ lives don’t matter. And I don’t think that’s acceptable.”

The great-aunt of Anthony Huber, one of the victims, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that while “people have a right to self-defense,” her great-nephew “had a right to his life as well.”

“Kyle gets into a situation over his head in terms of his emotional maturity to handle it, walks away after killing two people and serious maiming another one. That doesn’t seem equitable,” the great-aunt, Susan Hughes, told CNN’s Sara Sidner.

In a trailer for a Tucker Carlson documentary, Rittenhouse said the jury reached the right verdict.

“Self-defense is not illegal,” he said.

CNN’s Raja Razek and Sara Sidner contributed to this report.





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