Kyle Rittenhouse Acquitted of all Charges

Ryan McKean, Multimedia Photo Editor

After a 15 day trial, Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges, including first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety. If Rittenhouse were to have been found guilty on the charge of first-degree intentional homicide, he would have faced a life sentence.   

On Aug. 25, 2020, then-17-year-old Rittenhouse shot and killed two protestors and injured another in Kenosha, Wisconsin with an AR-15 assault rifle. The protestors were affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement, as the police had recently killed an African American. Rittenhouse was a big supporter of the police.

This verdict caused commotion throughout the nation. Many Americans are shocked that despite his actions, Rittenhouse is now a free man.