CHICAGO – The reaction to Kyle Rittenhouse’s verdict wasn’t just in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Rittenhouse, 18, was acquitted of Every expense Friday after pleading self-defense in deadly Kenosha shooting
Just outside Millennium Park in Chicago, protesters closed the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Madison Street on Friday night. A few dozen people formed a circle. The group was surrounded by Chicago police officers with bicycles. The department had already canceled a few days off as police prepared to respond to the outcome of the Rittenhouse trial.
The march began half a mile from Federal Plaza, where the protesters were holding signs. The march and rally lasted a total of about 90 minutes.
The Party for Socialism and Liberation organized the rally. Its members fear the ramifications of Rittenhouse’s acquittal.
“We have to protest tonight to show these rightists, to show the system that we will not back down,” Shavvir Manjee said. “Because the precedent they set is that these armed vigilantes can show up at our protests, show up where we make demands, threaten and intimidate us. And we’re here to say we won’t be intimidated.
Their disappointment spilled over to city and state leaders as well.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a statement saying, “I am aware of the jury’s verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case, and under our constitutional system, we must respect the jury’s decision. However, no one should ever take justice into their own hands or attempt to be judge, jury, and executioner. What Kyle Rittenhouse did was reckless, dangerous, and showed a complete disregard for human life. My condolences go out to the family, friends and loved ones of the victims during this difficult time. “
While Governor JB Prtizker made no mention of the jury, but he said, “Carrying a loaded gun in a community 20 miles from your home and shooting at unarmed citizens is fundamentally wrong. It is a tragedy that the court could not recognize this fundamental fact. Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, father of a family, had their entire lives ahead of them. They deserved to be alive today. They deserve justice. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who loved them. We have to do better than that.
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