Biden calls for calm despite “rage” following Kyle Ritenhaus acquittal


US President Joe Biden has called for calm following the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhaus, a young white man who killed two men on the sidelines of anti-racism protests.

The verdict “spread anger and concern to many Americans, and to me as well,” he wrote in a statement, adding: “I urge everyone to express their views peacefully, in accordance with the law.”

Biden “supports” jury decision in Kyle Ritenhaus trial

US President Joe Biden said tonight that he “supports” the jury’s decision to acquit teenager Kyle Ritenhaus of killing two men and seriously injuring a third during anti-racism demonstrations in Kenosa, Wisconsin.

“I support what the jurors have come up with. The jury system works. “We have to support it,” the Democratic president told reporters after completing his annual check-up.

David Hancock, a spokesman for the Rittenhaus family, told Reuters: “We are all very happy that Kyle can live his life free and innocent, but in this whole situation there are no winners, two people have lost their lives and we do not forget that “.

Karen Bloom and John Huber, the parents of one of the victims, Anthony Huber, said in a statement: “Today’s verdict means that the person who killed our son will not be held accountable. It sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can appear in any city, incite violence and use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street. We hope that decent people will join us and strongly reject this message, demanding more from the laws, the officials and our judicial system.

The reactions of organizations and politicians to the decision are typical of the polarization prevailing in the USA on the issue of gun ownership.

“A well-regulated militia, which is necessary for the security of a free state, the right of people to own and bear arms, will not be violated,” RNA, the powerful lobby in favor of gun ownership, said on Twitter.

“Kyle Ritenhaus is not guilty, my friends. You have the right to defend yourself. “Be armed, be dangerous and be moral,” said North Carolina Republican MP Madison Cothorn in a videotaped message.

“I believe that justice has been done in the trial of Kyle Ritenhaus. “I hope everyone will accept the verdict, remain peaceful and allow the Kenosa community to heal,” said Ron Johnson, also a Republican senator from Wisconsin.

The ACLU, a powerful advocacy group for civil liberties, said in a statement on Twitter: he was not held responsible for his actions. “Unfortunately, this is not a surprise.”

“The Rittenhaus case has lifted the curtain on the deepest cracks in our judicial system – from the deep bias that the judge systematically and unabashedly shows to the apathy of the police officers who monitored Rithenhaus’ actions and did nothing,” he said. specializing in civil rights cases.

The Black Voters Matter movement wrote on Twitter: “Disappointed, but not surprised. This is not justice. This is not accountability. “But this is America.”


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