Jury Deliberations Begin in Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

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The jury in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who killed two men with an assault rifle at a chaotic Black Lives Matter rally last year, began its deliberations on Tuesday morning.

Rittenhouse, 18, is charged with counts ranging from reckless endangerment to intentional homicide and could face life in prison without parole if convicted. The August 2020 shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin, came amid the nationwide social upheaval after the murder of George Floyd and have become a talking point for some conservatives, who claim Rittenhouse as a hero, and some liberals, who hold him up as a reckless vigilante.

The press was thick outside the courthouse on Tuesday, as protesters gathered. Someone had used chalk to write “Kyle is guilty” and “White supremacy is for cowards” on the base of a flagpole. One woman held a sign saying self-defense is not a crime. As a man called out “Black Lives Matter” through a bullhorn, a counter protester added: “Is a terrorist organization.”

Justin Blake, whose nephew Jacob Blake’s shooting by a Kenosha police officer sparked the protests Rittenhouse attended, waved a BLM flag and raised his fists on the steps of the courthouse.

Four sheriff’s vehicles were parked near the courthouse, as several officers patrolled. No guns were visible except among law enforcement. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers last week authorized 500 National Guard troops for Kenosha as the town prepared for the verdict.

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