Kyle Rittenhouse, a teenager who shot and killed two men and wounded another as violent protests against police brutality swept through Kenosha, Wis., last year, was acquitted of all charges Friday in a closely watched case that has amplified national debate over vigilantism and law and order.
As the verdict was read for each count, the 18-year-old quivered, sobbed and — on the fifth and final “not guilty” — fell to his knees.
He faced charges including intentional homicide and reckless endangerment for the August 2020 shootings.
It took the jurors — seven women and five men — three daysto reach their decision inside a downtown Kenosha courthouse, a capstone to a two-week-long trial that reignited the charged politics of the Trump era.
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