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Rittenhouse Acquitted in Case Highlighting Political Divide (1)

Nov. 20, 2021, 12:11 AM

Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who shot and killed two men at a chaotic Black Lives Matter protest in Wisconsin last year, was acquitted of all charges in a case that became a touchstone for the nation’s sharply divided political left and right.

After a two-week trial, a jury in Kenosha on Friday found Rittenhouse not guilty of two counts of homicide, one of attempted homicide and two of reckless endangerment. Rittenhouse, who broke down on the witness stand, had argued that he fired his AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle in self-defense as he tried to protect businesses from rioting. Preparing for possible ...