Protests Erupt Nationwide after Rittenhouse Verdict: ‘All Cops Are Kyles’
In SummaryFrom New York to Oregon, waves of protests broke out after Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges.
From Brooklyn, New York, to Portland, Oregon, waves of protests broke out after Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all counts, including two counts of first-degree murder.
The Brooklyn Bridge was forced to shut down in New York as demonstrators clogged the streets. A jail gate was pummeled in Portland, Oregon, leaving the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office to declare a riot.
“The crowd, which was described as hostile, launched urine, alcoholic beverages, water bottles and batteries at deputies during the event,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release early Saturday morning.
According to the Portland Police Bureau, the city government’s print shop had its window broken.
“Additional vandalism was done to the Justice Center building,” the bureau said. The PPB also released a spray-painted image that read: “All Cops Are Kyles.”
Portland Police made one arrest, issued five citations and issued 17 warnings.
“Violence solves nothing. Yet again, nearly 200 people cascaded into our city last night, bent on violence, chaos, and destruction,” read a statement signed by PPA President Sgt. Aaron Schmautz.
Before the verdict was reached in the trial, the judge dismissed the weapons charge against Rittenhouse.
Experts say it was one of the stronger counts against the teen accused of shooting Gaige Grosskreutz and killing Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum at a demonstration protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020.
Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree recklessly endangering safety.
“That guy [Rittenhouse] gets to run free and he’s now a hero, and this is my son right here. This is Anthony,” said John Huber to CNN, who is Anthony’s father. “We lost our son and there’s no justice right now for our family and there’s no closure.”
Kariann Swart, the fiancée of Rosenbaum, still couldn’t bring herself to understand the verdict.
“If one person’s life, or two persons’ lives don’t matter, then none of our lives matter,” Swart said to CNN. “It feels like the victims’ lives don’t matter. And I don’t think that’s acceptable.”