Protesters Vocalize Outside Kenosha Courthouse as Jury Deliberates Verdict in Rittenhouse Trial

Protesters gathered outside Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday, November 16, as jury delberations began to determine the verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.

Rittenhouse is on trial for “reckless homicide, intentional homicide, and attempted intentional homicide” for killing two men and wounding a third during protests in Kenosha in August 2020. Closing arguments were delivered on Monday, CBS reported.

This footage, filmed and posted to Twitter by Brendan Gutenschwager, shows arguments between protesters outside the courthouse. According to Gutenschwager’s post, one side of protesters described themselves as supporters of the Second Amendment, while another side called for the conviction of Kyle Rittenhouse.

If convicted, Rittenhouse faces life in prison on the first-degree intentional homicide charge, and up to 60 years on each of the other homicide-related charges.

As Kenosha waited for the verdict, Wisconsin Gov Tony Evers urged for peace in Kenosha and across our state regardless of the outcome of the trial.

At the end of the video, a man repeatedly yells “seven shots in the back,” a reference to Jacob Blake, the 29-year-old black man whose shooting by police prompted the riots that Rittenhouse drove from Illinois to insert himself into. Credit: Brendan Gutenschwager via Storyful

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