After almost three days of deliberation, the jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial has found the teenager not guilty on all five counts. The news came as Kenosha, Wisconsin, prepared for potential unrest, deploying 500 guardsmen from the Wisconsin Guard. The will be staged outside the city unless requested by law enforcement. Hundreds of officers already volunteered to respond ahead of Tuesday’s verdict. Many schools chose to switch to remote learning ahead of the verdict being delivered.
“The Kenosha community has been strong, resilient, and has come together through incredibly difficult times these past two years, and that healing is still ongoing,” Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said in a statement. “I urge folks who are otherwise not from the area to please respect the community by reconsidering any plans to travel there and encourage those who might choose to assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights to do so safely and peacefully.”
Judge Bruce Schroeder praised the jurors for their job rendering the verdict and said that none of them are under any obligation to discuss the case with the media. “You’re welcome to discuss the case as little or as much as you want,” Schroeder said. The jurors are now exempt from serving for four years.