Rittenhouse: The moment court hears 'not guilty' verdict



A jury found Rittenhouse not guilty of all charges against him, including of intentional homicide – the most serious of five charges against him in a case that largely divided America along political and racial lines more than a year after he shot three men during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz during often violent protests in the summer of 2020 following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha. Rittenhouse, 17 at the time, faced charges ranging from intentional homicide to reckless and attempted homicide.

The Rittenhouse case garnered national attention from the beginning, a reflection of the country's division over race, guns and politics.
Rittenhouse took his AR-style semi-automatic rifle with him, which, according to his lawyers, he believed would be taken away and used against him.

He shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded volunteer medic Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, who testified against him.

During the hearing today (19 November), Rittenhouse broke down in tears as the verdict was read out.

Judge Bruce Schroeder told the court: "The charges against (the) defendant on all counts are dismissed with prejudice and he's released from the obligation of his bond."

Speaking last week, Rittenhouse broke down in tears as he told the jury how, in the moments leading up to him shooting and killing Mr Rosenbaum, he was threatened twice by the man.
Rittenhouse recalled: "He screamed, 'If I catch any of you f***ing alone, I'm going to f***ing kill you'.

Rittenhouse claimed he went to the city to protect property after two nights of rioting.

And his lawyer, Mark Richards, told the jury that his client acted in self-defence as one of the men dove for his gun while others kicked him in the face and clubbed him in the head with a skateboard.

During the trial, the jurors were shown drone footage of the fatal shooting, where Rosenbaum could be seen being shot at close range.

The video showed Rosenbaum following Rittenhouse, before Rittenhouse suddenly spun around and fired his rifle at him.

Watch the moment he received the verdict:

[Source: Youtube]




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