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Winsome Sears calls race rebels after Rittenhouse verdict: ‘The media is complicit in this’

Virginia Lt. Gov.-elect Winsome Sears said Sunday that it was time to “stop picking on” US race crusts after a jury handed down an innocent verdict against Kyle Rittenhouse, who was charged with murder for fatally shooting two men during racial justice riots last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Mrs. Sears, a conservative Republican who is the first black woman to win a nationwide election in Virginia, called for healing and for politicians and the news media to stop pitting Americans against each other.

“The media is complicit in this,” Mrs. Sears on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“Can we allow this scab to finally heal? Can we stop peeling the wounds?” she added.

“Do you know what I think? I think we should let the American legal system speak for itself, and I want to quote our current president, President Biden, and he said it’s time to move on,” she said.

Her comments followed acquittal protests across the country, including in Kenosha, where residents held a prayer vigil.

Anger erupted in the streets of Portland, Oregon, as protesters threw “urine, alcoholic beverages, water bottles and batteries” at police officers and vandalized property, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office declared a riot after the gate to the Justice Center’s detention area was damaged.

For his part, Mr. Biden to journalists: “I stand by what the jury has concluded.” He later issued a statement in which he said he was committed to “doing everything in my power to ensure that every American is treated equally, with justice and dignity under the law.”

“While the Kenosha ruling will make many Americans feel angry and worried, including myself, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken,” the president said.

Vice President Kamala Harris said “the verdict speaks for itself.”

“I’ve spent most of my career making our criminal justice system fairer,” Ms. Harris tweeted. “Obviously there is still a lot more work to do.”

Acquitted last Friday, Mr Rittenhouse had testified that he fired his rifle in self-defense during a riot in August 2020 in Kenosha, which broke out after a white police officer shot Jacob Blake, a black man, as police responded to a 911- call for a home helper. disturbance. Mr. Blake was left paralyzed.

Mr. Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, had traveled from his home in Antioch, Illinois, to the protests to protect businesses. He was armed with an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle.

He shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, 27. Mr. Rittenhouse is white, as are the men he shot.

Rosenbaum chased Mr. Rittenhouse and grabbed the rifle when Mr. Rittenshouse shot him, according to evidence during the trial.

Mr. Rittenhouse fled and was pursued by Huber and Mr. Grosskreutz. Huber beat Mr. Rittenhouse with a skateboard, and Mr. Grosskreutz pointed a Glock pistol at Mr. Rittenshouse according to testimony.

The case became a focal point in an emotional debate over race and gun rights. The 18-year-old has been hailed as a hero by some on the right and as a stubborn vigilance by those on the left.

Mr. Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all five charges against him.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson said Sunday on CBS ‘”Face the Nation” that it is “difficult to reconcile the verdict with the experience that many African Americans have faced for decades.”

“We have far too many individuals who are in jail for crimes they have not committed, or overburdened for crimes that were committed,” said Mr. Johnson with reference to black inmates. “Here you have a 17-year-old who illegally bought a gun, traveled across state borders to protect property that was not his, for owners who did not invite him, and he put himself in danger based on the rhetoric he have seen. on social media platforms. “

“This trial for us is a warning shot that vigilante justice is allowed in this country or in certain communities,” he said.

In Washington, the reaction split along party lines over whether the Rittenhouse ruling was a triumph of justice or white supremacy.

On the Republican side, some of the party’s outspoken members cheered Mr Rittenhouse, who walked out of the courtroom as a free man.

“Those who help, protect and defend are the good guys,” the rep tweeted. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republicans from Georgia. “Kyle is one of the good ones.”

Late. Kevin Cramer, a North Dakota Republican, said Mr Rittenhouse “did not provoke what happened to him” and he “reacted in self-defense.”

“I think justice has been done, but the rhetoric surrounding it is probably not appropriate on either side,” Cramer said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Democrats saw the verdict as a confirmation of America’s systemic racism.

Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri, a Black Lives Matter activist, said the verdict was “White supremacy in action.”

“This system is not built to hold white supremacies accountable,” said Ms. Bush, a member of the House’s “team” of far-left legislators. “That’s why black and brown people are being brutalized and put in cages while white supremacy killers go free.”

Rep. Adriano Espaillat of New York said Mr Rittenhouse “is living proof that white tears can still prevent justice.”

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat running for governor of Texas, said the Rittenhouse case shows why “we should not allow our fellow Americans to own and use weapons that were originally designed for use on the battlefield.”

“The AR-15, the AK-47 has a single solitary purpose, and that is to kill people so effectively, so effectively, in as large a number, in as short a time as possible,” Mr O’Rourke said in a separate interview in the same CNN show as Mrs. Sears. “We saw it in Kenosha.”

Other Democrats were less critical.

“I can not imagine the pain the families have gone through who have lost loved ones in this case,” Senator John Tester of Montana said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Nevertheless, I think we need to respect what the jury has done here and respect the decision.”

Mrs. Sears agreed. She said America needs to turn the page, saying she draws inspiration from “a Jewish politician, King David” and recited Psalm 133: “How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in peace and harmony.”

“Let’s all just take us together, as Rodney King said,” Mrs. Sears, “and by the way, can we have a media that tries to find the good among us, instead of splitting us up? Because the media are complicit in this.”

Joseph Clark contributed to this report.

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