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 (BLM).

“I’m not a racist person. I support the BLM movement,” Rittenhouse said in an interview with Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonRittenhouse’s defense lawyer says he threw Tucker Carlson’s film crew ‘out of the room several times’ Rittenhouse after trial: ‘Self-defense is not illegal’ Tucker Carlson gets Rittenhouse interview for Monday night MORE, part of which is scheduled to air on Carlson’s program Monday night.

“I support peaceful demonstration,” the teenager told Carlson, according to a transcript of the interview. “I believe that needs to change. I believe there is a lot of prosecutor dishonesty, not just in my case but in other cases. It’s just amazing to see how much a prosecutor can benefit from someone. “

The jury found on Friday that Rittenhouse was not guilty of all five counts he faced, including premeditated murder, after defense attorneys claimed Rittenhouse acted in self-defense when he shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26.

Rittenhouse also injured a third person during the shooting, which took place after the teenager traveled to Kenosha from his home in Illinois. He said he intended to help defend companies that were threatened with damage during the riots that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, earlier that summer.

The Rittenhouse 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. Many liberals have panned the verdict as a dangerous precedent on self-defense claims and the differences in the criminal justice system for defendants based on race.

Several protests have erupted in cities across the country following the verdict.

“The verdict talks about the dramatic differences in perspective people have, based on racial background, about justice in our country,” civil rights lawyer Shavar Jeffries told The Hill on Friday. “For many colored people, the idea that they could show up with a combat rifle at the site of a rally, kill people and find themselves acquitted is something beyond comprehension.”

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

“I tell everyone there what happened,” he said. “I said I had to do it. I was just attacked. I was dizzy. I threw up. I could not breathe.”

Rittenhouse burst into tears at the booth as he testified during his own trial and collapsed when the verdict was read out by the jury chairman Friday.

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

This article was last updated on 19:48


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