Kyle Rittenhouse: ‘I support the BLM movement’

Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who was acquitted of murder last week after shooting and killing two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during civil unrest there last year, said he supports the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I am not a racist person. I support the BLM movement “, Rittenhouse said during an interview with the Fox News host Tucker carlsonTucker Carlson Rittenhouse’s defense attorney says he kicked Tucker Carlson’s film crew ‘out of Rittenhouse’s room several times after trial:’ Self-defense is not illegal ‘Tucker Carlson gets interview with Rittenhouse for Monday night PLUS, the full version of which is scheduled to air on Carlson’s show Monday night.

“I support the peaceful demonstration,” the teenager told Carlson, according to a transcript of the interview. “I think a change is needed. I think there is a lot of misconduct by prosecutors, not just in my case, but in other cases. It’s amazing how much a prosecutor can take advantage of someone.”

A unanimous jury found Rittenhouse not guilty on all five charges he faced, including intentional murder, after defense attorneys argued that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense when he shot and killed 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber. , of 26.

Rittenhouse also injured a third person during the shooting, which took place after the teen traveled with an AR-15 from his home in Illinois. He says he intended to help defend businesses in Kenosha that were under threat of damage during the riots that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, earlier that summer.

Rittenhouse’s verdict was widely celebrated over the weekend by conservatives, many of whom see his acquittal as a victory for gun rights and self-defense laws across the country. For many liberals, the verdict has been criticized for setting a dangerous precedent over self-defense claims and disparities in the criminal justice system for defendants based on race.

There have been several protests in cities across the country following the verdict.

“The verdict speaks to the dramatic differences in perspective that people have, based on racial origin, on justice in our country,” civil rights attorney Shavar Jeffries told The Hill this weekend. “For many people of color, the idea that they can show up with an assault rifle at a rally site, kill people and be exonerated is beyond comprehension.”

Rittenhouse, in the interview with Carlson, described the fear he said he felt during the confrontation that led to the shooting.

“I tell everyone what happened,” he said. said. “I said I had to. They just attacked me. I was dizzy, I was vomiting, I couldn’t breathe.”

Rittenhouse burst into tears on the stand as he testified during his own trial, and collapsed when the jury president read the verdict aloud on Friday.

“The jury came to the correct verdict,” he said during a previously published portion of the Carlson interview. “Self-defense is not illegal.”

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