Protests erupt across US cities to condemn ill justice system
Thousands of Americans have taken it to the streets in many cities across the country to protest and condemn ill justice system in the United States. The protesters angered over the travesty of justice in the US have staged mass rallies after Kyle Rittenhouse, a white supremacist, was acquitted of all murder charges by a court.
Rittenhouse was acquitted of all five counts he had faced, including two murder charges over the killings in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year.
Rittenhouse, 18, shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded a third protester on August 25, 2020, during demonstrations on the streets of Kenosha.
Rittenhouse has maintained he shot the men because he had feared for his life. Prosecutors argued he was looking for trouble that night. In response to his shocking acquittal on Friday, pro-justice protesters held rallies in cities across the country from New York in the east to California in the west.
“I didn’t expect there to be full justice, but not guilty on all charges was a slap in the face,” said Saman Waquad, 38, of Woodside, Queens.
In Columbus, Ohio, protesters upset by the verdict marched and then gathered outside the statehouse, chanting “the whole damn system is guilty as hell” and “send that killer kid to jail.”
Angry protesters in Portland cornered riot police into a garage on Friday night, hours after the acquittal.