Rev. Jackson on Rittenhouse Verdict: “It is a miscarriage of justice” (Chicago, IL) — In reaction to Kyle Rittenhouse jury finding him not guilty on all charges, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Friday said the verdict “is a miscarriage of justice.”
When Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroder called Rittenhouse, who killed two men and wounded a third, a “victim,” Rev. Jackson said, “A young white male vigilante called a victim by the judge is a grave injustice in the American judicial system. It lessens our ability for human rights around the world. Kyle Rittenhouse was able to walk out of court with a military assault rifle. There are two dead and one injured.
“All demonstrators are now in jeopardy because of those heavily armed with the Rittenhouse model over seeing. Kyle Rittenhouse killed two people and is not guilty of murder. This is indeed a grave miscarriage of justice.
“Rittenhouse came across state lines brought by his mother to Wisconsin running down the street brandishing his gun. His mother took him back to state lines to Illinois and he was allowed by police. This is a dangerous precedent for Illinois. His mother, the police and those who sold him the gun, must share the responsibility,” said Rev. Jackson.
Kyle Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the Kenosha, WI riots, was acquitted of 5 felony charges on Friday. One felony charge was also dismissed. All charges Rittenhouse was faced with are as follows:
- Possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18: CHARGE DISMISSED (Charge was dismissed by the judge on Monday, citing confusing language in the statue and after prosecutors conceded that the rifle was not short-barreled.)
- Failure to comply with an emergency order from state or local government: CHARGE DISMISSED (Charge was dismissed by the judge, saying that the prosecution didn’t offer enough evidence.)
Rev. Jackson on Rittenhouse Verdict: “It is a miscarriage of justice”