Wisconsin governor mourns loss of life, pleads for peace and justice following Rittenhouse ruling

Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued a heartfelt statement Friday mourning the lives of Kyle Rittenhouse – and calling for peace and justice as citizens “move forward … more motivated to build the future we want.”

The governor gave no opinion on the verdict, acquitting Rittenhouse, 18, who fatally shot two unarmed men and wounded a third with an AR-15-like rifle he brought from Illinois to a Kenosha, Wisconsin, in protest of police wounding black resident Jacob Blake.

Evers first acknowledged the wounded and killed in the shooting.

“No verdict will be able to bring back the lives of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum or heal Gaige Grosskreutz’s injuries, just as no verdict can heal the wounds or traumas that Jacob Blake and his family have experienced,” Evers said.

“No judgment today changes our reality in Wisconsin, as we have work to do against the equality, accountability and justice that communities throughout our state demand and deserve,” he added.

He also pleaded with all those who choose to “unite and exercise their rights to the first amendment … make it safe and peaceful.”

Evers added: “We must remain steadfast in our commitment to stop the violence in our society, support victims and survivors as they heal from trauma, and eradicate the inequalities that are so often inextricably linked to that violence and trauma.”

He concluded: “We must be steadfast in our commitment to build a state where every child, person and family can live their lives free from violence and have every chance of success.”

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Mandela Barnes (D), who is running for the U.S. Senate, struck Rittenhouse’s acquittal.

“We have seen so many black and brown young people being killed, only to be brought to justice posthumously, while innocence of Kyle Rittenhouse was almost demanded by the refereehe said in a statement.

Late. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) Called on “common sense weapons security reforms”To prevent similar shootings in the future.

State Republican Spokesman Robin Vos said the verdict had proved “our legal system works”- and called for peace.

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