The jury appeared to accept Mr. Rittenhouse’s explanation that he had acted reasonably to defend himself during demonstrations, in a case that fueled debate over gun rights and vigilantism.
KENOSHA, Wis. — Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two men and wounded another amid protests and rioting over police conduct in Kenosha, Wis., was found not guilty of homicide and other charges on Friday, in a deeply divisive case that ignited a national debate over vigilantism, gun rights and the definition of self-defense.
After about 26 hours of deliberation, a jury appeared to accept Mr. Rittenhouse’s explanation that he had acted reasonably to defend himself in an unruly and turbulent scene in August 2020, days after a white police officer shot Jacob Blake, a Black resident, during a summer of unrest following the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
Dan HinkelReporting from Kenosha
Justin Blake, the uncle of the man whose shooting by police in Kenosha, Wis., led to the unrest that Kyle Rittenhouse waded into, blasted local authorities after the verdict was read, accusing them of racism. But he said that he would keep seeking justice. “We’re going to continue to fight," he said, "and we’re going to continue to be peaceful. Let freedom ring."