Kyle Rittenhouse Says He Supports BLM Movement On Fox News

In an interview with American television host Tucker Carlson on his Fox News program, Kyle Rittenhouse said his case was not racially motivated and added that he supports the BLM (Black Lives Matter) movement.

“I am not a racist person. I support the BLM movement and demonstrate peacefully, ”the recently acquitted Illinois resident told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson on his popular late-night show“ Tucker Carlson Tonight ”on Sunday.

“I support peaceful protests and I think a change is needed,” the teenager said before blaming what he called “an unfair prosecution” in his case. “It’s amazing how much a prosecutor can take advantage of someone,” he said.

Rittenhouse, who was acquitted Friday of the six charges brought against him by the Kenosha County Courts in Kenosha, Wisconsin, told Carlson that “This case … had nothing to do with race, (it had) to do with the right to self-defense.”

Rittenhouse, 18, was charged with two counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of recklessly endangering public safety and possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under the age of 18. This latest charge was dismissed and he was not found guilty of the additional five charges.

The charges stemmed from Rittenhouse’s actions during the riots and riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, 2020. Following a police shootout against Kenosha man Jacob Blake, 29, riots broke out in the Wisconsin city. , which caused fires and looting throughout the city.

Protest over Kyle Rittenhouse’s “not guilty” verdict in Chicago (credit: CHENEY ORR / REUTERS)

Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, decided to travel to Kenosha from his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and join counter-protesters who claimed to be protecting local businesses and property from attack. Crossing state lines to participate in a riot is a federal crime, under the U.S. Penal Code (Title 18).

Amid the chaos, Rittenhouse was chased and attacked by 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum, then fired four shots at Rosenbaum and killed him when Rosenbaum pounced on the rifle. Rittenhouse fled the scene when several protesters began chasing him and, after falling and being hit in the head, Rittenhouse fired two shots at a man attempting to kick him, missing both shots. Maryland man Anthony Huber, 26, struck Rittenhouse with his skateboard and approached the downed Rittenhouse, who fired a bullet that struck Huber’s chest and killed him. Rittenhouse also shot a third man, Gaige Grosskreutz, who testified that he was at the protests as a paramedic. Grosskreutz, who was pointing his firearm at Rittenhouse when he was shot (according to questioning), was shot in the right arm and survived.

Rittenhouse’s attorneys argued that the teenager was acting in self-defense when he opened fire. The jury deliberated for nearly four days before reaching a not guilty verdict.

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

The chaotic scene in the Kenosha riots in August 2020 came amid a series of protests, peaceful and otherwise, that broke out across the United States in the wake of the murder of Minnesota man George Floyd by police. . Floyd was unarmed when Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground and placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd died during the ordeal, which was captured on video by various passersby.

The Rittenhouse trial polarized public opinion across the United States, with experts on the left saying the trial highlighted racial inequalities in the justice system and what is known as “white privilege,” while experts on the right defended Rittenhouse, claiming that the shootings were clearly self-defense and that Rittenhouse was a “hero” for risking his life to defend the public peace when the police were not responding adequately to the situation.
An economist / YouGov poll conducted during the trial found that two-thirds of Republicans thought Rittenhouse should be acquitted, while three-quarters of Democrats thought he should be convicted.

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