Kyle Rittenhouse Acquitted, Photo Courtesy Of The Associated Press
The week ended happily for Kyle Rittenhouse, his family, and his defense team as the teenager was found not guilty for all charges he was facing. Rittenhouse had faced life in prison had he been found guilty of the most serious charges and could have faced over one and up to six decades had he been convicted for the lesser, yet still extremely serious charges.
There had been speculation that Rittenhouse would be convicted of being a minor in possession of a dangerous weapon, an apparent slam-dunk charge for a prosecutorial team that had bungled all evidence and witnesses in their arsenal.
Instead, Judge Bruce Schroeder granted the defense’s request to toss out the charge based on an exception in the state law that allows minors to possess firearms so long as they were not short-barreled.
Questions are now being raised on Twitter surrounding the treatment of those who voiced support for Rittenhouse in the immediate aftermath of the Kenosha Riots.
Assistant District Attorney for Kenosha and lead prosecutor in the Rittenhouse case, Thomas Binger, addressed the media with a simple statement, “The jury has represented our community in this trial and has spoken.”
Binger, who has been heavily criticized in the media for his handling of the case, might not be entirely to blame for the loss. It has been suggested that Kenosha District Attorney Mike Graveley intentionally handed the case off to his subordinate specifically because of the high likelihood Rittenhouse would be acquitted.
Although Graveley’s office had cited scheduling conflicts, it was unusual by any standards for a DA to avoid taking such a high-profile case that would be discussed across the country and around the world.
In the closing statements, Binger made one final attempt to paint Rittenhouse as “an active shooter,” phrasing usually reserved for mass-shooters, those who go out into the world with the sole purpose of indiscriminate violence.
Binger struggled to pull his words together into a cohesive message as he said, “you lose the right to self-defense when you’re the one who brought the gun, when you are the one creating the danger, when you’re the one provoking other people.”
Such logic suggests that police, national guardsmen, and SWAT teams would all be improper for using deadly force in situations where their lives were in danger. Regardless of the circumstances one finds themself in and of one’s official title, it seems that all humans have a right to prevent someone from killing
Twelve individuals in Kenosha have shown that they agree with this idea.
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